Illegal Torrent Sites Vow To Keep Going Despite The Downfall Of Kickass Torrents

An Ongoing Probelm for Authorities

An Ongoing Probelm for Authorities

The issue of policing online illegal downloading is likely to be one which continues well in to the future despite a recent victory by authorities which led to the downfall of one of the major players in the torrent game; Kickass Torrents.

With the site's creator, Artem Vaulin, arrested in Poland last week, and Kickass shut down, there are plenty of other sites willing to fill the hole in the market.

Busniess Is Booming!

Busniess Is Booming!

Kickass Torrents operated in 30 different languages and garnered in excess of 50 million unique visitors each month. This meant it had an estimated worth of well over US$50 million.

What the close of Kickass Torrents has meant for other torrenting sites is - you guessed it - a boom in business!

The Beneficiaries

The Beneficiaries

TorrentFreak suggests that sites such as The Pirate Bay and ExtraTorrents are the main ones benefiting from Kickass having its ass kicked.

The same article reported that ExtraTorrents experienced a 300% spike in traffic since the downfall of Kickass.

 

A Big Share Of The Pie

A Big Share Of The Pie

Before it was taken down, Kickass enjoyed a very large slice of the market pie when it comes to torrents.

Kickass Torrents was the 69th most visited site on the whole internet.

TorrentFreak quoted an unnamed (of course) The Pirate Bay employee, who said they would happily take up the void;

“When both TPB and its forum went down, we had overwhelming support from KAT users on their forum, and our staff were able to keep the communities updated on important news and announcements thanks to the help and messages of support we received".

 

Not The Death Of An Era

Not The Death Of An Era

“Reciprocation is only right and we hope KAT staff will keep us informed of any official news/announcements so that we can help to inform,” the employee added.

Over at ExtraTorrents, the owner, going by the name "SaM", told TorrentFreak that he reckons KAT will bounce back;

“It is sad to see an iconic site go this way, and it shows how the torrent community is targeted by all means. But, I guess torrenting will prevail and this doesn’t mean the death or end of this era,” he said.