The biggest torrent search engine, Torrentz.eu, has shutdown. Those on the hunt for a specific torrent within the sea of mirror sites will now find that task a fair bit harder.
The site, which acts as a meta-search engine for all the major torrent hosting sites, turned off its search functionality earlier today, essentially ceasing operations. Those with logins for site can no longer use them either, instead presented with the text “Torrentz will always love you. Farewell.” And while the site's operator has yet to comment on the decision, text elsewhere on the site refers to itself in the past tense, indicating that it's closing up shop.
Running since 2003, Torrentz.eu never hosted torrent files itself, instead directing users to other sources. Initially, it was hosting the torrent sites themselves, before changing to a search-based trawling function. Despite not hosting any torrents itself (and offering a takedown function for copyright holders who spotted infringing torrents through the search engine), Torrentz.eu was still under intense scrutiny from regulators such as the RIAA and MPAA, both of which had reported the site to the U.S. Government previously.
With KickassTorrents recently being forced offline due to some naive actions from its owner, it's the second major blow to the filesharing community in a month. You have to wonder if the Torrentz.eu team began to get cold feet after seeing what's been happening to the likes of The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents, its search engine's biggest results providers. [Torrentfreak]