Game of Thrones Premiere Watchers Slay HBO Go App

HBO Go crashed during the Game of Thrones’ season premiere due to “overwhelming demand,” potentially affecting millions of viewers. The service said that it has returned to several platforms and “is working hard towards full recovery.”

High video quality and fast load times are on the top of consumers’ preferences. It shouldn’t be surprising at all that when a company does experience a crash, as HBO Go did during the True Detective finale a couple of weeks ago, the social backlash can be deafening (our favorite from @hilmonstah: YOU HAD ONE JOB HBO GO).

It has been speculated that HBO purposefully allows its streaming platform to get overwhelmed to stop subscribers from sharing their login information with non-paying users, a claim which HBO CEO Richard Plepler has denied.

You would think HBO would have learned from the True Detective crash and prepared their servers by properly load testing the app well ahead of the Game of Thrones premiere. With 14.2 million viewers per episode last season, it seems like it’s kind of a big deal.

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