Many internet users today are familiar with the BitTorrent peer-to-peer protocol invented by Bram Cohen that powers the torrent clients used around the world.
BitTorrent Token (BTT) is a TRC-10 token running on the Tron Network. With the BitTorrent token (BTT), the BitTorrent team provides a distributed infrastructure platform to third-party app developers, enabling consumers to continuously contribute small amounts of value from their devices by allowing others to make use of their spare resources.
The addition of the BTT token attemps to extand the familiar protocol to create a token-based economy for networking, bandwidth, and storage resources on the existing Bittorrent network, providing a way for network participants to "capture the value of sharing bandwidth and storage".
In the existing BitTorrent infrastructure, users of torrent clients often faces challenges such as slow downloads and files that become unavailable over time. By creating monetary incentives for users to share, the token can enable faster download speeds and better swarm longevity for the entire network.
Total DAU across all BitTorrent products is currently ~25M while the total MAU is ~100M. In the team's market share analysis, BitTorrent clients comprise about 50% of globally active torrent clients.
When torrenting, the biggest frustration for the end user is how long it takes to find and completely download the desired content. Users do not want to wait hours or days to get the movie they want to watch or the game they want to play.
Currently, there is no incentive for individuals to continue seeding files to the network once they receive their content, resulting in a tragedy of the commons.
With the addition of the BTT token, those who do not want to wait a long time to complete a download may utilize the token to incentivize more seeders for desired content, thereby accelerating download speeds.
However, paid consumers are not the only ones who benefit; the token is an opt-in model, meaning that individuals that do not want to pay or charge for torrenting can always continue to do so. The possibility that a user can receive tokens of value natively within their torrent client means that there is a tangible expected monetary value reward for choosing to seed files, beyond the current rewards of a non-throttled download speed and the altruistic reward of maintaining a healthy sharing ratio. With the potential to earn, the token can also disincentivize users from turning off seeding once they receive the files they want, because of the opportunity cost of forgone seeding income.
The effect of increased file availability from introducing the BTT Token is even more prominent for rarer resources and files — the potential willingness to pay from consumers necessarily means that the potential earning power for seeding rare files is even higher, which then encourages these files to actually be hosted within the network. Thus, the average user that does not pay is still able to benefit from the increased file availability across the BitTorrent network, as more files should theoretically be available to the network as a whole because of this increase in expected reward for seeding.
Much like the freemium models popularized by content streaming sites such as Spotify, free-tier users still enjoy the benefits of greater content availability because other revenue streams incentivize content creators to earn rewards for contributing to the platform.
In short, content providers can earn for their efforts, non-paying consumers can enjoy increased access to content, and paid consumers can enjoy accelerated access, a win-win for all.
Within the BitTorrent network, anyone with the complete file can become a seeder — if more people receive the complete torrent, more people can become seeders, thus compounding the level of availability that can be provided to the network. In essence, those who pay to accelerate their download process of one torrent can further increase the availability of the file, helping increase access for other torrenters.
The project plans to utilize the BTT token beyond the current focus on sharing of bandwidth, and expand to additional services related to storage, computation, & resource availability, such as the development of a CDN.
|Seed Sale Allocation||9% of tokens|
|Private Sale Allocation||2% of tokens|
|Private Sale Token Price||~$0.00017741046 USD|
|Private Sale Date (Completed)||1 Nov 2018|
|Amount Raised Private Sale||$19,320,000 [966,000,000TRX]|
|Public Sale Allocation||6% of Tokens|
|Public Sale Price||$0.00012 USD|
|Public Sale Date||28 Jan 2019|
|Public Sale Target Amount||$7,200,000 USD|
|Initial Circulating Supply||89,100,000,000 (9.97%)|
The token supply distribution is as follows:
As of January 2019, BitTorrent has used approximately 18% of Seed Round funds according to the allocations below:
Tokens are held in a TRC-10 compatible cold wallet. The unlocking of tokens will be handled by the BitTorrent Foundation. The foundation utilizes multi-signature wallets that the CEO, Head of Finance, Trading Director, and Finance Controller have access to, of which three must be present to unlock funds.
The following chart represents the number and breakdown of all BTT tokens that are to be released into circulation on a monthly basis.
Note: TRON Airdrops continue for 6 years until 2025, and BitTorrent Airdrops, BitTorrent Ecosystem tokens, & Partnership tokens continue unlocking until 2028.
The rate of distribution tapers over time.
Please refer to the official notices of the BitTorrent Foundation for timely and accurate information.
The total team is made of nineteen people, with twelve active developers. Some of the most prominent members of the BitTorrent team can be found below.
BitTorrent team's priority is to make blockchain technology more accessible and easy to understand.
After integrating blockchain into its already decentralized ecosystem, the BitTorrent team wishes to roll out subsequent strategies targeting communities around gaming, entertainment, and other verticals of media and content.
BitTorrent is a well-known and mature product with over 300 GitHub repositories, yet, a majority of them being private.