Well the problem with torrents is two-fold.
In the past, when talking to certain publishers they made it clear to us that they didn't want us using torrent sites due to their nature in providing just about any kind of illegal materials you can find on a computer.
Granted, from what I recall, and I may be mistaken here, these were US based publishers, but still.
I forgot the exact details since it's quite a while ago and my memory isn't really the best.
Another issue with torrents that we ran into in the past was the problem with seeding them.
The sad truth is, most people just hit and run, leaving the seeding up to us.
And having to keep seeding hundreds of files with new ones cropping up on a weekly basis if releases go smoothly just isn't something that's viable for me.
I'd be the first to admit that a filehost isn't the ideal solution, especially since many of them have turned out to be very fickle and burn their paying customers when they seem fit without blinking an eye.
It wouldn't be the first time that they suddenly change the TOS in such a way that we either lose the option to store everything we've got, or distribute it all in a somewhat download friendly manner.
I've picked file factory after the last instance when such a thing occurred, for the fact that they were, and still are as far as I'm aware, the most download friendly site that lets us have 100GB of trafficshare. Which means that every month, people can download a certain amount without any hassle before the system reverts to the catcha type of stuff.
There is some kind of reward system in place at file factory, but I would in no way call it a revenue stream.
We've been using the download site for about two years now and in total, right at this point I am able to redeem a voucher for an extension of 180 days. That's it! lol
Seeing as a one year premium account costs about €80 and the site hosting is another €150 a so a year, I don't think we'll ever get in the black, and that's not the goal either.
It it was in any way shape or form about the money you wouldn't see publishers give us permission (publicly or privately) to do what we do.
You won't be seeing a paypal button on the site anytime soon, certainly not as long as Neil, Carl and myself run this place.
At the very start of OoPA we actually were at the point of tearing the whole site down due to a previous partner wanting to monetise it with casino ads and the likes. That didn't go over very well with us, let us keep it at that.
I did notice that with the latest update to their site, traffic share has been automatically turned off, even though it was always on by default before. So I switched it back on. Keep in mind that we run through that 100GB high speed bandwidth in less that 10 days, even in a slow month.