Game of Thrones season 7 has been illegally downloaded a billion times. To put that into perspective, that's like if every 1 in 7 people on the planet pirated it once each.
Anti-piracy firm MUSO is reporting that the seven episodes of GoT's seventh season were illegally viewed a total of 14.7 billion times by 3 September. Only 72 hours after the initial broadcast, the episode 1 was illegally downloaded and streamed over 90 million times - that's almost twice the population of South Africa.
Andy Chatterley, co-founder and CEO of MUSO described GoT as the "biggest global entertainment phenomena of today" and said that "activity across piracy networks has been totally unprecedented."
All the GoT piracy is thanks to hack of HBO servers just before season 7 dropped. It just got messy after that. Episode 6 leaked to torrent sites thanks to HBO Nordic and HBO España's blunder of broadcast it early. Episode 4 suffered a similar fate when Star India aired it before it's official date.
"It's no secret that HBO has been plagued by security breaches throughout the latest season, which has seen some episodes leak before broadcast and added to unlicensed activity. In addition to the scale of piracy when it comes to popular shows, these numbers demonstrate that unlicensed streaming can be a far more significant type of piracy than torrent downloads. At MUSO, we look at all types of piracy, not just torrents, and that is why these numbers have been illuminated."
Clearly all you guys have traded in the Netflix and chill life for pirate and chill.