ExtraTorrent Has Shut Down, Third Major Torrent Site to Do So in a Year

ExtraTorrent Has Shut Down, Third Major Torrent Site to Do So in a Year
  • ExtraTorrent was the second-most popular torrent index
  • It follows Kickass and Torrentz.eu
  • Ettv and Ethd will also end operations

Popular torrent index ExtraTorrent – second only to The Pirate Bay in terms of visitors – has shut down for good, after an extended period of downtime earlier in the week. In an announcement made on the site’s homepage, it said:

ExtraTorrent has shut down permanently

ExtraTorrent with all mirrors goes offline.. We permanently erase all data.

Stay away from fake ExtraTorrent websites and clones.

Thx to all ET supporters and torrent community.

ET was a place to be....

May 17, 2017

ExtraTorrent’s chief, known only by his codename SaM, confirmed to TorrentFreak that it had decided to end operations. “It’s time we say goodbye,” he added. In addition, SaM also said that ExtraTorrent’s release group ETRG – which marked their torrents with either ‘ettv’ or ‘ethd’ – would also remain inactive, unless they were to “get enough donations to sustain the expenses”.

This is the third big demise of a torrent index after the fall of KickassTorrents and Torrentz.eu in the past year, and shows a continued push from the entertainment industry to take down what they perceive to be a loss of revenue. It’s unclear whether legal tangles were involved in ExtraTorrent’s decision, though it’s highly likely.

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In some cases, clones or mirrors have cropped up. Torrentz2.eu is the biggest example of this, which maintains that it harbours no relation to the original team, but the naming has helped it stand all amidst the remaining popular options.

But judging by ExtraTorrent’s statement, it seems unlikely that it will receive a similar off-shoot anytime soon. It won’t probably matter to the piracy scene at large, given there’s always another to take their place.


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Further reading: ExtraTorrent, Piracy
Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil ...More
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