HorribleSubs Is The 2nd Anime Pirate To SHUTDOWN Since Covid-19 (Official)

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Written by Theo J Ellis

HorribleSubs is a pirate anime site dedicated to subtitles for anime. Or at least it WAS.

Just less than 24 hours ago they’ve announced they’re shutting down.

The reasons for shutting down, in their own words, is because of COVID-19. Though it’s more than just that.

The message starts with:

“HorribleSubs began more than a decade ago providing subtitles for anime. We have grown way beyond what was originally imagined. But… as the cliché saying goes, all good things must eventually come to an end.”

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It continues:

“This was a hard decision to make for the team, but the truth is, our real life responsibilities have been growing, especially in the times of COVID-19. COVID-19 has really impacted us in various ways, but ultimately it negatively affected how much time we were able to frequently contribute.

After some reflection and evaluation, we realized moving on was the best way forward. You could technically say COVID killed HorribleSubs.”

This message is shared on their homepage.

I suspect the overwhelm of traffic played a role in the anime pirate’s destruction.

Maybe not though.

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In 2019 they were targeted by:

  • Disney
  • Warner
  • Paramount

And other companies for copyright infringement. And who knows how many more companies over the years.

This, along with other factors, ended up being the nail in the coffin. Similar to KissAnime in August 2020.

They were also targeted in Australia as one of 100’s of pirates to be taken down.

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The homepage is still being left up for users, and there are over 8000+ comments in the last 24 hours.

Which pirate will be next is anyone’s guess.

News source: fossbytes.com



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