If you were saddened by the shutdown of one of the most prominent torrent sites, the YTS and YIFY release group, another important player in the torrent world is said to be going down soon. The largest Bittorrent tracker, Demonii, will be affected by YIFY's demise, with shutdown imminent in the days to come.
According to Torrent Freak, if and when YIFY-run Demonii shuts down, there will be immense pressure on the torrent ecosystem to carry forward the residual legacy. The BitTorrent tracker software is free to use and does not require registration or indexing torrents. Users proceed by simply choosing the Demonii.com tracker URL while creating a torrent file.
As of this writing, Demonii served 44,671,417 peers, 33,180,583 seeds and tracked 4,726,355 torrents. There are more than 40 million people connected to Demonii at any given time during the day, making it the largest torrent tracker there is, says the TF report.
Demonii is showing no signs of shutdown, but the recent YTS-MPAA legal feud involving a multi-million-dollar lawsuit is a strong enough hint that the BitTorrent tracker will not survive for long.
The MPAA took credit for shooting down YIFY and YTS, after the torrent sites failed to fend off the expensive lawsuit. YTS and YIFY's demise has panicked many users, who are wandering off to sites such as The Pirate Bay, KickAss Torrents, Torrentz, EZTV and many more to get their content. Taking advantage of YTS' popularity, duplicate sites are trying to lure users into scams.
While the loss of YTS, YIFY and soon-to-be-shut-down Demonii will be felt across the torrent ecosystem, history has proven that such repercussions don't last long. Even during hard times, there are several options for users, which may take a while to get accustomed to.