game of thronesConsidering how much effort HBO has been putting into curbing Game of Thrones downloads, not to mention with the launch of HBO Now which is supposedly a more affordable way for users to watch HBO shows, you would think that the piracy numbers would decrease, right? Unfortunately for HBO it seems that the numbers have actually increased.

A report from Variety revealed that this week’s Game of Thrones episode broke piracy records where it was downloaded a whopping 3.5 million times within a 24 hour period. This actually broke last week’s record where it was reportedly downloaded 3.22 million times within a 24 hour timeframe as well.

These numbers are courtesy of piracy-tracking firm Excipio who only takes into account P2P file-sharing sites, meaning that the numbers could potentially be a lot higher if one were to take into account websites that stream videos illegally. Based on the rate in which the show’s piracy numbers are increasing, we have to wonder if next week’s episode will be able to break records as well.

In the meantime HBO has been criticized in the past for being a bit heavy handed with their fans. The network recently banned establishments from hosting Game of Thrones viewing parties which many weren’t too happy about, especially since discussing the show and reacting together is something that many fans seem to love doing.

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