People love their Game of Thrones and the first episode of the final season of this popular HBO show brought in a ton of viewers. Some views came from people legitimately enjoying their favourite show on streaming and other paid-for entertainment services. Others, 55 million or so of them were Game of Thrones pirated online views
According to an analytics firm, the return of Game of Thrones couldn’t even get people to pay for their entertainment. The premiere of season 8 saw nearly 55 million Game of Thrones pirated views across illegal streaming services, download sites, and torrent sites. All of this pirating went on within in the first 24 hours of the show’s premiere episode of its final season having aired.
Analysing the data, of those 55 million Game of Thrones pirated views, 76.6% came from illegal streams of the episode, downloads accounted for 12.2% of the views, and torrents for just over 11% of the views. According to the data, the most Game of Thrones pirated views came from India, which accounted for about 10 million of the 55 million views. China came in second place with 5 million Game of Thrones pirated views and the USA came in third with 4 million Game of Thrones pirated views.
In comparison, HBO has reported that it saw a total of 17.4 million views for the premiere episode of Game of Thrones season 8. These views were across the three HBO platforms – the paid-for TV channel available in the US, and it’s streaming services, HBO Go and HBO Now.
There are 5 episodes left for the final seasons of Game of Thrones, with views likely to increase, whether legit or pirated.
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