VPN usage to watch World Cup increases by 1000%


Demand for VPN surged on November 20th, the day millions of people tuned in to watch Qatar vs Ecuador in the first match of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

The reason is clear, many people use VPN to connect to the Internet with IP addresses from other countries, countries where the content is not blocked, where it is free or where it can be viewed in better conditions.

The report was published in SafetyDetectives stating that VPN demand increased by 1038% during the first game compared to the same time 7 days earlier.

Why Use a VPN in Soccer?

A VPN is a security tool that hides the user’s identity and the location of their device, protecting their internet traffic while browsing the web. Football fans can use a VPN to bypass censorship and geo-restrictions to access World Cup coverage and related content.

Unlike connecting to IPTV addresses, a VPN can be used from our computer without any additional program since it only affects the public IP address from which we connect.

Fans can use a VPN to access geo-restricted content, such as B. Free TV coverage in a country other than their own. In fact, there has been interest in the BBC’s online coverage of the World Cup in recent days as people tune in to their broadcasts in English.

Traveling fans can also use a VPN to watch streams broadcast in their home country.

On the other hand, there are many people who prefer to hide their identities online to consume certain content to avoid any tracking.

To calculate the spike, SafetyDetectives compared VPN demand during the first game of the World Cup, Qatar vs. Ecuador, to sample VPN demand data collected prior to the World Cup.

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