Biggest torrent meta search engine Torrentz shut down
Torrentz was a free, fast and powerful meta-search engine combining results from dozens of search engines and torrent hosted sites, which hosted no torrents of its own.
Torrentz was founded few weeks before The Pirate Bay in 2003. Torrentz was one of the oldest torrent sites still around. When Torrentz first came online the site was hosting torrent files, but it swiftly reinvented itself as a meta-search engine, the biggest of its kind. It has been a stable factor in the torrent community for over 13 years. With millions of visitors per day the site grew out to become one of the most visited torrent sites, but today this reign ends, as the popular meta-search engine has announced its shutdown. The surprise shutdown marks the end of an era.
The torrent community lost two of the largest sites in a period of three weeks, previously KickassTorrents and now Torrentz. This means that millions of users will have to find new homes.
It seems that the decision to shut down was mainly taken due to legal pressure on piracy websites after the KickassTorrents crackdown. Another website, Solarmovie, also gave up fearing legal action.