More than 1 million people pirated season 3 premiere of Game of Thrones in less than 24-hours, sets new torrenting record


Game of Thrones must be an awesome show because it is consistently the most popular pirated TV show in the world. First Game of Thrones topped the charts for most pirated TV show of 2012. Now season 3 premiere of Game of Thrones, which aired on March 31, 2013 in the United States on HBO, has set a new record for most number of simultaneous peers in a swarm (a swarm is the total number of people downloading/uploading a torrent).

According to TorrentFreak, a “few hours” after a torrent of Season 3 Episode 1 for Game of Thrones hit the web, there were 163,088 peers for the torrent — 110,303 were sharing (uploading) the torrent (they already downloaded it) while 52,786 were downloading. This gives Game of Thrones S3E1 the title for torrent with the largest swarm ever. The previous record, 144,663, was held by Heroes Season 3 Episode 1.

In total, across all the torrents of the episode, it is estimated that over 1 million people torrented Game of Thrones S3E1 in less than 24 hours. Not bad considering an estimated 4.37 million people watched the episode live on TV in the United States when it aried. And the fact that number of downloads has only increased since then.

So is this bad news for HBO and Game of Thrones? Nope. In fact, HBO and Game of Thrones director and staff actually think piracy is a good thing. How’s that for some juicy gossip.

[via TorrentFreak, CNN]

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  • Strahd

    Sorry about the double post, am getting some lag recently and didnt see my post go up when page refreshed.

  • Strahd


    Even so, these sites were brought to my attention by an old gaming friend who lives in austrailia. I never asked how he viewed th sites, but IM guessing its was with IP changing software found all over the internet.

  • Strahd


    Even so, these sites were brought to my attention by an old gaming friend living in australia. I never asked how he was able to see the site, though I’m thining its with one of many IP changers out there.

  • Ashraf

    [@Strahd] You have to understand, many (most) of these free and legit streaming websites are country-specific (typically US-only), which cuts out the rest of the world.

  • etim

    [@Strahd] Oh, OK. I agree.
    I guess the confusion arises over the vague definition of “pirating”.
    I have friends who think it’s OK to watch vids on pay sites like netflix and hulu but avoid sites that offer the same thing for free–because they’re afraid that doing that, for some strange reason, makes it pirating. Go figure.

    I don’t torrent either, mainly because I don’t like allowing mystery PCs access to my files– but if it weren’t for those sites there wouldn’t be nearly as many streaming sites out there.

  • Strahd


    I say that because with so many sites that provide streaming of movies and tv shows, there just doesnt seem a point to use torrents to download these two any longer. From what i have read ( and it may be where one lives) its not illegal to “view” streaming videos as opposed to downloading/buffering them to your drive.

    Its because of this that i have not used any torrent software or the like, for over 12 + years now.

  • etim

    [@Strahd] Huh? Why do you say that?

  • Strahd

    I can’t believe people are still pirating tv shows and movies.

  • etim

    Pirates of the world unite!
    Anytime the Hollywood lawyers get nasty, just send ’em a bill for all the free advertising!