Game of Thrones sits atop the Iron Throne of piracy three years running

December 29, 2014 5:46 PM

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Game of Thrones sits atop the Iron Throne of piracy three years running

Even though piracy has taken a mainstream hit to end the year with The Pirate Bay succumbing to law enforcement, that hasn’t really stopped anyone from pirating — they’ve just moved to new sites. As torrents become easier to use thanks to the increasing prevalence of magnet links, and people are forced to choose between a traditional cable subscription and streaming services, more people have taken to piracy. Click a magnet icon, wait a few minutes, watch a show. Considering one of the most popular shows on television currently requires a premium cable subscription, it’s no surprise that HBO’s Game of Thrones has been the king of pirated TV content since its rise to popularity — and this year is no different.

Game of Thrones has been the reigning champ of pirated TV for the past two years, and now that 2014 has come to a close, the king has retained its crown. The show crushes the competition; the season four finale was downloaded via BitTorrent over eight million times — far ahead of The Walking Dead’s ...

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