After the acquisition of the world’s largest peer-to-peer file sharing system,BitTorrent, by the Tron Foundation, the torrent platform with 100 million users announced Project Atlas.
The team behind the project released:
“Project Atlas will connect the BitTorrent peer-to-peer network and the TRON blockchain network via a set of bittorrent protocol extensions, a custom token, and an in-client token economy to address existing limitations and open a new borderless economy for exchanging value for computer resources on a global scale.”
Project Atlas Lead, Justin Knoll, detailed that BitTorrent will allow file leechers (downloaders) to pay for faster downloads with seeders (uploaders) receiving Tron (TRX) for keeping files on the network. This plan for incentivization has been in motion even before the acquisition. However, with Project Atlas taking place on Tron’s public blockchain, they are implementing monetary aspects into the protocol.
In keeping true to the torrent communities spirit of a free internet, Knoll stated that BitTorrent clients don’t have to pay with Tron or otherwise to download files. The new features are completely up to the users to decide on its worth and need not be utilized at all, as they can maintain the current functions.
Tron has not announced the launch of these new features for BitTorrent, however, it seems the company is keeping their promises of a blockchain for the entertainment industry, as they have just announced the first blockchain-based game, Magic Academy.