The BTL Trade is the underground chip industry.


Competing with drugs in the Sixth World are the Better Than Life chips, which can be addictive as drugs. In the beginning, they were produced by legitimate manufacturers (Aztlan, Southeast Asia, and Hong Kong) and in underground manufacturing facilities. Most of the chips ended up in the lucrative European and North American markets. Now most of the distribution is done via the Matrix, on the same sites which are used to distribute pirated media. It's the Triads who are the largest producers of BTLs, dominating the international trade.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Major PlayersEdit

I. First Tier:

II. Second Tier:

See Also Edit


  1. o33031982Vice p.71
  2. o05084094Underworld Sourcebook p.56
  3. o60859285Attitude p.83
  4. o39478620Runner Havens p.46-47
  5. o05084094Underworld Sourcebook p.11-12
  6. o33031982Vice p.11


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