According to the ratings, 6.7 million viewers tuned in for HBO’s “Game of Thrones” premiere on Sunday night, breaking last years’ premiere record. But the hour-long show broke another record — in online piracy.
And there’s a “Game of Thrones” beer on the way.
In less than a day, the show was downloaded a million times.
“Never before has there been a torrent with so many people sharing a file at the same time, more than 160,000 simultaneous peers,” a leading torrent news site reported. HBO accepts that illegal content sharing comes with the territory and recently said that piracy is a “compliment of sorts” and “something that comes along with having a wildly successful show on a subscription network.”
And with a wildly illegal audience such as that, it makes sense that an “Iron Throne Blonde Ale” would be a drink you could market, or get people to steal from their local liquor store. I guess that would honor the House Lannister.
ABC reports that, in addition to the beer, other GoT stuff is marketed on author George R.R. Martin’s site, including a 7 foot, 2 inch actual Iron Throne. Now how bitching would that look in your living room?
Now if there was only a way to buy those little dragons…