Tron boss lauds user milestone for BitTorrent, trails Project Atlas integration

As ΜTorrent Web passes 1m daily active users, the head of its parent company – Tron’s Justin Sun – tweets his approval, meanwhile preparations to integrate the two via Project Atlas begin in ernest. 

Manoj Sharma for CNR

The company behind the most popular P2P communication product and protocols, BitTorrent Inc., today announced that its web-based torrent streaming client has surpassed 1,000,000 daily active users.

Following its recent acquisition by the company behind the Tron cryptocurrency, its new owner – Justin Sun – took to Twitter to laud the achievement.

Now based alongside Tron at the latter’s new home of San Francisco, as outlined when the deal was completed back in July, BitTorrent, Inc. is the brand most-associated with peer-to-software file transfer protocols. However, the person that first created the technology, Bram Cohen, left the company he founded in the wake of the takeover and is now working on cryptocurrency of his own, Chia.

Under its new owners, the company launched uTorrent Web last month. The service, which helps users quickly download and play torrent files, including the large pool of licensed content available through BitTorrent now, has seen a rapid increase in its adoption in the last stage of the beta through the full release.

COO and Chief Product Officer at BitTorrent, Jordy Berson, said:

“Our users have already downloaded our licensed content, which features both top-tier and emerging content creators, well over 100 million times.

While the growth in our daily active users is a great validation of product market fit, we are equally proud to see that µTorrent Web drives dramatically more user engagement and playback than any product in BitTorrent’s history, which is a huge win for our 30,000+ licensed content creators.”

BitTorrent Inc. aims to end 2018 with new features, including the ability to stream files that are stored on the home computer of a user. Further to this, greater integration with the decentralised Tron network is promised via the latter’s Project Atlas – a system that proposes to link the two networks together using a custom token to incentivise faster file sharers to seed files on the BitTorrent network for longer.