Social media wasn’t the only thing buzzing after Sunday’s new episode of Game of Thrones. Torrent Freak has reported that The Lion and the Rose broke the record for the largest BitTorrent swarm ever, as people from all over the world clamored to see what all of the fuss was about.
The episode was downloaded by roughly 1.5 million people in its first day of release, but even more impressively, had close to 200,000 people sharing a single file a few hours after it appeared online.
Torrent Freak explains, “the tracker reported that 193,418 people where sharing one single torrent. 145,594 had a complete copy of the episode and continued to upload, while 47,824 were still downloading the file. These are unprecedented numbers – never before have 193,418 people shared a single file simultaneously.”
The Lion and the Rose stole the throne from, well, themselves. The previous record was held by the finale of Game of Thrones Season 3, with 171,527 people sharing on a single tracker. The premiere of Season 4 garnered about 140,000.
Torrent Freak goes on to say that with these numbers it is likely that Game of Thrones will be crowned the most downloaded TV show at the end of the year, and it’s probable that the record will be broken again in the coming weeks, as unauthorized downloads generally increase throughout the season.
Of course we know that the high ups at HBO and Time Warner aren’t at all concerned with the amount of piracy. In a quarterly earnings call last year CEO Jeff Bewkes was quoted saying, “If you go around the world, I think you’re right, Game of Thrones is the most pirated show in the world. Well, you know, that’s better than an Emmy.”