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‘Game of Thrones’ Sets Yet Another Piracy Record: Most People Torrenting Single File at Same Time

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We already knew that Game of Thrones is the most pirated television show on the planet. However, now it's really outdoing itself.

I don't mean that figuratively, either. On Sunday night, Season 4 Episode 5 of Game of Thrones literally beat the record for most people pirating a show at the same time, which was previously set by Season 4 Episode 2.

According to TorrentFreak, at one point there were 163,496 people sharing a copy of Episode 5 while another 43,558 were downloading it. That works out to a grand total of 207,054 people sharing a single file, which is the first time in BitTorrent history the 200,000 mark has been eclipsed.

But wait, there's more! In total, TorrentFreak estimates that this single episode of GOT was downloaded 1.5 million times in the 24 hours after it aired. To put that into perspective, the most popular episode of Season 3 was downloaded 5.9 million times in all of 2013.

Of course, video piracy is wrong, so I hope all you lawless savages can sleep at night knowing the executives at HBO won't be able to send their kids to yacht camp this summer.

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