This has become a yearly occurrence now hasn’t it. Every year the HBO smash hit series Game of Thrones breaks the record for being the most pirated show/episode ever. This is for the last episode of the season. This year was no different. TorrentFreak reported that the fourth season of Game of Thrones has been the most-viewed so far, both through official channels and among pirates.
The season finale was therefore expected to break all previous records. The official U.S. ratings that just came in show that “The Children” was the most viewed season finale thus far, with 7.1 million people tuning in.
In the black market the pirated tenth and final episode did well too, setting a mind-boggling piracy record. The latest episode resulted in the largest BitTorrent swarm ever. That is, never before have so many people gathered to share a single file on the Internet.
A few hours after the first torrent of the show appeared on torrent sites, the Demonii tracker reported that 254,114 people were sharing one single torrent at the same time. 190,701 were sharing a complete copy of that particular torrent while 63,413 were still downloading.
The previous record was also held by Game of Thrones, with a little over 200,000 people sharing a single file.
There was also quite bit of interest in higher definition releases. The most popular 720p copy was shared by 108,539 BitTorrent users simultaneously, and the most shared 1080p release had 23,922 people connected to it.
We absolutely loved the episode though. the only torture of this show is having to wait one bloody year after every 10th episode.