The first episode of Game of Thrones’ seventh season made its way onto the internet June 16, and, like every year, this generated quite a bit of activity on various torrent sites.
People from all over the world virtually gathered around the various pirated copies of the show, with the first torrents appearing within minutes of the official broadcast and dozens of others soon after.
At the time of writing, more than 130,000 people are actively sharing one of the three most-popular torrents. Part of this unofficial audience prefers piracy over a paid subscription. However, the fact that pirate copies are available before the official release in many countries doesn’t help either.