During the past couple of years, nTorrents has been a premier destination for those seeking to download Nintendo video games. Being one of the first private trackers to migrate to the now famed Gazelle codebase, nTorrents gained huge popularity even though it catered to a smaller niche in the gaming community. Despite its popularity, NT administration is planning to shut down the site pretty soon. Plans for the the site’s XBOX360 torrents section which was to be morphed into a separate private tracker called xTorrents, have also been scrapped. However, it’s not as bad as its sounds - NT crew will be launching PWNNetwork, a brand new games tracker that will not limit itself to a single gaming platform but cater to a wider user base comprising of both PC and console gamers. In short, PWN will be the future of NT.
As of right now, PWN seems to be in a closed, private beta testing phase. Although the site is live, registrations are not open and there is no recruitment going on in any of the BitTorrent forums or on IRC. Existing NT members who purchased a ticket in their last raffle will be invited in by staff as beta testers.
The full announcement regarding the change (quoted from NT homepage) is posted below:
Ladies and gentlemen, the big news. NTorrents is closing, our xbox sister-site XTorrents is not going to be released. We're simply combining resources into a powerful gaming tracker instead. All your favorite staffers, a few new ones, and a fresher (less buggy) gazelle code. Combine this with a new look, including a few modifications, along with our reputation of an outstanding community. We welcome you to PWNnetwork.net.
Why is this happening you ask? Easy, we want to advance beyond the constraints of offering one company's games, and we don't want to split our userbase among two sites to do it. This will be a gradual process instead of an instantaneous action though, NTorrents will stay open as an archive until we get our most dedicated users to switch over to PWNnetwork. Sign up with PWN will be separate from NT, so yes, you will lose all of your stats. Don't worry too much though, for an undetermined amount of time after the site goes live, we will support an integration processes where we will transfer your upload and download stats from NT to PWN. Everything else will be lost.
Now that we've gotten that out of the way, I have more news. After our raffle is closed, and we've gotten the prizes to the winners sent out, we will also be issuing beta access to PWN to every person who purchased a ticket in the raffle. This will be a beta period, in order for a decent amount of users to test the site, pitch ideas, and help work out issues before PWN officially goes live. So, if you don't want to wait until we launch the site to check out what PWN has to offer, go buy that ticket! Not only will you get into PWN early, but you will have a chance to win one of those great prizes.
We appreciate everyone in our community, and we hope, even though the NT journey will be ending, that we will continue being awesome through PWN.
A public launch date for the new tracker is yet to be confirmed. However, one thing is certain – PWN will have a head start with the backing of large user base, experienced staff, uploaders and Nintendo/XBOX360 torrents that NT already has. At the time this post is being written, nTorrents has over 17500 active users and nearly 4000 torrents. Either way we wish this new tracker the best of luck and will post updates when/if it opens registrations or any form of recruitment anytime soon.
Site Name: PWNnetwork (http://pwnnetwork.net)
Signup URL: N/A
Other: The favicon on the page suggests they are using resources for XTorrents (XT) for the new site.