Not only did Game of Thrones break it’s record for viewership numbers this week, it also broke the record for the largest Torrent swarm ever. Torrent Freak is reporting that “First of His Name” has taken the crown for the most users simultaneously sharing a single copy of a file.
A few hours after the first torrent of this week’s episode appeared online, the Demonii tracker reported that 207,054 people were sharing the episode, with 163,496 having the completed copy and 43,558 still downloading.
Those numbers are from only one tracker, as you can see from the breakdown provided by Torrent Freak below, several different copies were being shared by hundreds of thousands of people. It is estimated that over 1.5 million people downloaded the episode in the first day.
“First of His Name” broke the record set just a few weeks ago by the Purple Wedding episode, “The Lion and the Rose,” which maxed out at 193,418 people on a single tracker.
With the pirates’ interest in Game of Thrones only increasing, Torrent Freak expects the record may be broken again, and barring a miracle, Game of Thrones will be the most pirated show for the third year in a row.