The Mandalorian has dethroned Game of Thrones as the most pirated TV show of 2020.
As reported by TorrentFreak, the widely-popular Disney Plus series starring Pedro Pascal has taken the top spot as the most pirated show on peer-to-peer file-sharing network BitTorrent in 2020.
HBO's Game of Thrones, which ended its eight-season run in 2019, previously held the crown for seven consecutive years.
According to a list compiled by TorrentFreak, The Mandalorian is the most downloaded TV series on the file-sharing site last year followed by Amazon Prime’s The Boys. HBO's dystopian series Westworld, meanwhile, setted for the third spot. The list also includes Vikings, Star Trek: Picard, Rick and Morty, The Walking Dead, The Outsider, Arrow, and The Flash.
The website noted that the top three TV series show “how fragmented the online entertainment industry has become" since viewers need to have three separate subscriptions in order to watch all three series.
"That’s a cost not everyone may be able to afford, which can explain part of the piracy problem," it said.
The second season of the Disney Plus series—featuring the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin and Grogu—saw the return of some of the most popular characters in the franchise including Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson), Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison), and Mark Hamill’s digitally recreated Luke Skywalker during the series finale.
Following the success of The Mandalorian, Disney and Lucasfilm previously announced that it will launch an array of Star Wars series on its streaming service including the Book of Boba Fett, Rangers of the New Republic, Ahsoka, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andor, Lando, The Acolyte, A Droid Story, The Bad Batch and Star Wars: Visions.
“We have a vast and expansive timeline in the 'Star Wars' mythology, spanning over 25,000 years of history in the galaxy with each era being a rich resource for storytelling," Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said. "Now with Disney Plus we can explore limitless story possibilities like never before and fulfill the promise that there is truly a ‘Star Wars’ story for everyone."
All episodes of The Mandalorian are now streaming on Disney Plus.
(Images from IMDB)