Game of Thrones Season 3 Finale Breaks Piracy Record
In a story worth of Salladhor Saan, the Game of ThronesSeason 3 finale ( Episode 10: "Mhysa") has set a new record for television piracy, with over a million people illegally downloading the show within the first 24 hours of its airing.
At the height of the torrenting, over 170,000 people were simultaneously sharing the show, breaking the record previously held by the Season 3 premiere, “Valar Dohaeris.” TorrentFreak estimates that the show should exceed five million downloads within the next week, continuing last year’s trend of GoT being the most illegally pirated show on television.
If HBO is worried about the pirating, they’re doing a good job of hiding it. HBO President Michael Lombardo previously told Entertainment Weekly, “I probably shouldn’t be saying this, but [piracy] is a compliment of sorts. The demand is there. And it certainly didn’t negatively impact the DVD sales. It’s something that comes along with having a wildly successful show on a subscription network.”
It doesn’t sound to us like the pirating of GoT is going to stop anytime soon, so for now the show can bask in the glory of its somewhat dubious new accolades — at least until the Season 4 premiere, when it will probably beat itself all over again.