Game of Thrones is without any doubt the hottest thing on TV right now and the time when the first episode of the final season aired last weekend it was going to be highly pirated. Now we also have figures, and according to piracy monitoring outfit MUSO, the episode of this highly anticipated drama series was pirated as many as 54 million times in its first 24 hours after on airing.
As per the report, the pirating came in the form of streaming services that are unauthorized, which were the biggest offenders and it is followed by torrent downloads and some other sources.
The highest number of pirated copies apparently went to India, China, and the United States.
This is definitely not the first time that Game of Thrones has found itself with these kinds of piracy-related headlines and it often breaks records like this. But, given the fact that pirating of the episode took place through streaming services most, it is very difficult to know just how many people watched and this is something only the streaming providers themselves know the exact numbers, leaving firms like MUSO to read tea leaves.
If you still wonder just how big that 54 million number is then you should know this that HBO’s official and legitimate stream managed just 17.4 million views, it can clearly give you some perspective as to the sheer volume of pirated views.
It seems like MUSO’s numbers are at least partly based on data that was collected by SimilarWeb, which uses a sample of around 200 million devices in an attempt to estimate traffic coming from the web. It means the numbers are unfortunately not guaranteed to be 100% accurate, but these estimates surely give us a starting point.
As it is said, this episode of GOT was always going to be popular among viewers. Whether the viewers pay to watch it in some way, or not.
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