This is probably old news but since we’ve been covering the whole SceneTorrents saga from the beginning, here goes. Earlier we posted about the shutdown of elite private tracker SceneTorrents. ScT shut down without much explanation giving birth to a number of rumors some of which we highlighted in our previous post. Most of these have been speculation and/or unverified claims. For those who missed it, here’s ScT’s official announcement regarding the shut down. We cannot independently verify the facts presented but it’s interesting to note that they’ve mentioned ‘pending legal issues’ as one of the causes for shutdown. The NFO is modeled after a SceneNotice and the full text is quoted below:
By now most of you already know that ScT will be going offline permanently.
However, due to pending legal issues, we are not at liberty to speak freely about why we've chosen to take down the site. Members of our staff were arrested and will be undergoing the entire length of the judicial process. Obviously, in the case of criminal proceedings, it would be downright foolish to comment any further on the situation; Please bear this in mind and wish them the best of luck.
There have been several theories as to where the donation money (of the recent months) has gone. We'd like to take this opportunity to put all skepticism to rest. The money was used to purchase new hardware that would ensure our spot as the fastest tracker on the net. You are free to perform whatever calculations you feel necessary, but in doing so it should become very clear that running a site of this stature costs money. We feel the overwhelming cynicism is just a product of bad timing compounded with general frustration caused by the current situation.
We sincerely hope that you've enjoyed being a part of our wonderful community over the past 4 1/2 years. We've certainly enjoyed our members letting us be of service. We've always felt our user base played an equally important role in making SceneTorrents.org a model environment in the torrent world.
The staff would also like to express their gratitude to fellow trackers for their support in such a chaotic time. Several well known communities have voluntarily opened their doors, and have offered our former users a new home. We appreciate the courtesy and acknowledge the steps being taken to move forward collectively as a community. Your assistance does not go unrecognized.
It’s indeed sad if some ScT staffers are facing legal action. We wish them all the best and hope they’ll be able to return to their normal lives without having to face sh1t from anti piracy.
In the meantime Ex-ScT members have founded a discussion forum now that their beloved tracker is gone. The forum has nothing to do with torrents or downloads – it’s merely used for discussions. We’re not quite sure if we should post the link here as it’s supposed to be only for existing ScT members (in other words if you were a member you already know the link). Either way invite trading was rampant there when I last checked and it looked un-moderated. Hopefully things will improve.