Season 7 of Game of Thrones is finally HERE, which means that you're probably scrambling to download a torrent right about now.
Turns out that paying up was actually the worst way to watch the premiere in India. At 7:30am, the time when everyone was hitting Hotstar trying to stream the first episode, the company's servers choked.
People were 😡😡😡 AF.
Hotstar had actively dissed illegal torrents in the days leading up to the season premiere.
Which, tbh, didn't go over so well.
The company spent the entire morning telling customers to "clear browser cookies" to fix the problem.
Hotstar CEO Ajit Mohan released a statement saying that "Server Morghulis was not the desired outcome at all!"
"We faced an unprecedented surge in interest around the opening of the new season of Game of Thrones which resulted in a service disruption of about 8 minutes," he said. "While we are delighted that fans around the country wholeheartedly embraced our message of Torrents Morghulis [Torrents Must Die], we are deeply apologetic for the service disruption."
Pranav Dixit is a tech reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Delhi.
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