Game of Thrones finale breaks torrenting record with 2 petabytes of illegal downloads in 12 hours

Game of Thrones has broken the record for the highest number of torrent downloads after its finale smashed the 2 petabyte mark in just 12 hours.

The episode, "The Children", broke the previous record which was also set by Game of Thrones with the episode "First of his Name".

This new record, according to TorrentFreak, saw "roughly" 1.5 million downloads in the first 12 hours after airing. The episode also broke the record for largest swarm which is the amount of people sharing the same file.

Australia is one of the highest numbers of torrent downloads of Game of Thrones. Australian pay TV service Foxtel has an exclusive deal on the show which prohibits anyone else broadcasting it or offering it for streaming live.

Viewing figures for Game of Thrones on Sky Atlantic in the UK last night, according to Digital i, peaked at a whopping 1,267,000 viewers. 

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