The seventh season of Game of Thrones has been illegally downloaded or streamed more than 1 billion times.
This is according to a report by anti-piracy firm MUSO, which discovered that as of 3 September, Game of Thrones season seven episodes had been pirated 1,029,787,668.
The ilegal downloads for each episode are:
- Episode one: 187,427,575
- Episode two: 123,901,209
- Episode three: 116,027,851
- Episode four: 121,719,868
- Episode five: 151,569,560
- Episode six: 184,913,279
- Episode seven: 143,393,804
Of the 1.03 billion total piracy instances for the season, 84.66% were streams, 9.12% were torrents, and 5.59% were downloads.
Speaking about the report, Andy Chatterley, co-founder and CEO of MUSO said: “Game of Thrones has become one of the biggest global entertainment phenomena of today and activity across piracy networks has been totally unprecedented.
“It’s no secret that HBO has been plagued by security breaches throughout the latest season, which has seen some episodes leak before broadcast and added to unlicensed activity. In addition to the scale of piracy when it comes to popular shows, these numbers demonstrate that unlicensed streaming can be a far more significant type of piracy than torrent downloads. At MUSO, we look at all types of piracy, not just torrents, and that is why these numbers have been illuminated.”
In this age of online piracy, this report from MUSO is an eye-opener as film production companies solidify or reinforce their security to prevent hacker and pirates from accessing their networks. One way to perhaps do this is to partner with tech firms to evolve ways to deal with this problem.
If these illegal downloads are monetised, it may run into billions. This means HBO should be making more than what it is earning now!