Sunday’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Set a Piracy Record
The way torrents work, if you’re unclear and if I’m correct, is that lots of people share pieces of a single (frequently illicit) file as they simultaneously download other pieces of the file, and eventually they’ve got a complete, death-laden Game of Thrones episode ready to be popped into the ol’ VLC Player. On Sunday night, 193,418 eyepatchless pirates did that very thing, sharing a single copy of “The Lion and the Rose,” TorrentFreak reports [via EW], which is a record. (The previous high: 171,572 people sharing the Season 2 finale of Game of Thrones.) An estimated 1.5 million people downloaded the episode within its first day online. “In addition to this record-breaking torrent, there were also several other Game of Thrones torrents out there with tens of thousands of people sharing,” writes TorrentFreak, before going on to bet that the record will be broken again within the coming weeks.
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