Blackcats-Games (or BCG), is without a doubt one of the most talked about torrent sites in the BitTorrent community. It’s probably the most popular specialized games tracker on the planet, with more than 12500 games torrent in its index. Additionally, BCG is set to celebrate its 7th birthday this August making it one of the oldest private trackers in existence. Blackcats is a private tracker and it hasn’t had an open signup in more than two years – the only way into the site has been through member referrals (an alternative to invites). Speaking of referrals, some of you might remember we conducted two BCG giveaways several weeks ago, during which more than 1000 referrals were given away to our readers. Still, it was not sufficient to meet the heavy demand - we had earlier promised a 3rd BCG giveaway which we never got around to doing (yet). This post is an update on what’s happening with BCG giveaway no. 03 and it also sheds some light on various rumors going on in BT forums of a possible BCG open signup in near future.
When we conducted referral giveaways earlier, one of the major issues we faced was the referral code expiration. Potential new members had to use a referral within 6 hours after generating or the code would expire – this was sometimes not feasible with the E-mail based model we used to distribute referrals coupled with time zone differences, etc. However, BCG’s coders were working on a fix to extend this time limit to 24 hours and we decided to postpone the giveaway until this was done. Good news is that the time limit has now changed. However, we are still not able to do the giveaway as BCG is currently changing their login page structure. The previous login page has temporarily been taken down and right now there is no way for possible new members to input their referral codes. The following update should clarify this further:
The fake page has gone, and with it the only way to use your referrals, so I have taken the liberty of removing everyones referrals until a new way can be coded, hopefully in the next few days.
We will probably be opening up the site as well for the 1st time in 2 years or so, but again I am not sure when that will be.
In other news altinertia is back coding with us again, as he has been away, he has seen what is working and what is not working, so i believe he has a few ideas to change things around a bit. I do not have any idea what these are, or when they will get coded, and I know for a fact, some will hate whatever he does, and others will love it (we just cant please everyone, and quite a lot of members hated SP when we put it on, and some still do. and I may even hate a few things) but I am putting my trust in him to make this site even better than it already is.
So expect to see some changes over the coming days/weeks/months on here, and I am guessing (but it is just a guess) that they will include the achievement table in one way or another, so thats a bit of a heads up that if you want the benefit of whatever is going to get done, start looking at your table.
So here’s the deal - Now that the referral expiry limit has been set to 24 hours, we are able to proceed with giveaway no. 03 as soon as BCG’s new referral input mechanism goes live. As for the open signups, we will post a new article and let you know the signup URL as soon as this happens (or if it happens). Real time updates will be given on our Facebook and Twitter feeds as usual. You can keep in touch by following us on Twitter, becoming a fan of us on Facebook or by subscribing to our RSS feed.
In the meantime, potential new BCG members can educate themselves of tracker rules, how BCG’s seed points system works, lists of allowed clients, etc by reading the official Blackcats Games wiki.
[Click Here] to visit Blackcats Games Wiki (login not required)
Again, sincere thanks goes to BCG owner stoi for the continuous help he’s provided so far with referrals, site updates and other information.