April 15, 2014 8:50am PT by Ashley Lee
'Game of Thrones' Purple Wedding Episode Breaks Piracy Record
HBO's Game of Thrones is at it again -- not just the shocking wedding celebrations, but also the shattered piracy records.
The second episode of season four, which aired on Sunday, triggered the largest BitTorrent swarm ever, breaking the record for most people sharing a file simultaneously via the system, according to TorrentFreak.
Hours after the Purple Wedding episode (actual title: "The Lion and the Rose") became available online, 193,418 people shared one single torrent. Additionally, at the time of the record torrent, 145,594 had a complete copy and continued to upload, while 47,824 were still downloading the file.
The previous record for a BitTorrent swarm was set last year -- by the Game of Thrones season finale -- with 171,572 users.
With all the additional torrents that were available -- others with tens of thousands of people sharing -- the episode was downloaded approximately 1.5 million times during the first day. That might well hold up as the most downloaded TV episode of 2014 -- even though it's only April -- a title Game of Thrones could take for the third year in a row.