The surprise shutdown of Torrentz marks the end of an era.
The meta-search engine has announced “farewell” to its millions of torrent users without much fanfare, suddenly ceasing its operation and disabling its search functionality.
At the time of writing, the Torrentz.eu Web page is displaying a message that reads in the past tense:
“Torrentz was a free, fast and powerful meta-search engine combining results from dozens of search engines.“
“Torrentz will always love you. Farewell.“
Launched back in 2003, Torrentz has entertained the torrent community for more than 13 years with millions of visitors per day.
However, today, the popular meta-search engine has shut down its operation from all Torrentz domains, including the main .EU domain (both HTTP and HTTPS version) as well as other backups such as .ME, .CH, and .IN.
Although many copyright holders were not happy with the site with both RIAA and MPAA have reported the site to the U.S. Government in recent years, says TorrentFreak, there is no news of any arrest or legal takedown of the site in this case.
Still, it would be fair enough to wait for an official announcement from the site owners.