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Scores of Indian Game of Thrones (GoT) fans woke up at 6.30am today (April 15) to catch the first episode of the final season of the show. But instead of logging into the HBO’s official streaming partner Hotstar, many frantically looked up free alternatives.

Between 5am and 9am, Google Trends clocked more interest in the related topic “Torrent file” than “Hotstar” in India.

The top ten rising related queries—searches with the biggest increase in frequency—were for specific torrent sites like DIRECTV (and its misspelling “direct tv”), ETTV, and MkvCage, or more generic searches for torrent downloads.

Related queries Rising interest
1. direct tv +800%
2. ettv +700%
3. directv +700%
4. directv now +600%
5. game of thrones s08e01 +500%
6. game.of.thrones.s08e1 download +500%
7. game of thrones season 8 torrent +500%
8. game of thrones season 8 episode 1 torrent download +500%
9. mkvcage +450%
10. gameofthrones s08e01 torrent +450%

The hunt for Game of Thrones latest season on torrent sites is unsurprising. After all, it is the world’s most pirated show. In 2017, four Indians were even arrested for leaking episodes of the show before it aired.

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