The provincial government wants to do something about ticket sales for concerts, to keep computer ‘bots’ from snapping up a good portion of the tickets before fans have a chance to buy them. It’s been an issue for a long time, but became pronounced last summer when fans of the Tragically Hip had trouble getting their hands on tickets for the band’s cross-country tour. Concert promoter Live Nation figures bots snatched up about a third of tickets and broker’s grabbed another third, leaving just a third for fans to fight over. Ticketmaster says it uses security measures to try to keep the bots at bay, but admits even if it was 99 per cent effective a hundred bots a minute are getting through the system. And then there’s this, industry insiders telling CBC’s Marketplace most of the best tickets to shows are never offered up to the public; that by the time tickets go on sale 90 er cent might already be gone through various promotions.
photo: Bradley Fortner via Flickr