The province hoping to give online ticket buyers a chance.
The Government of Ontario is planning to introduce a ban on technology which allows scalpers to scoop up huge blocks of tickets to major events.
The so called “scalper bots” electronically nab large blocks of tickets to concerts and major sporting events, which forces many to resort to getting their tickets through the more expensive resale market.
Attorney General Yasir Naqvi admitted it’s not an easy task considering criminals outside of Ontario could still use computer software to make bulk purchases.
However, not making attempts to tackle the problem is not the answer either. Naqvi says the government needs to do something to try to protect consumers, making sure they get a “fair shot” at buying tickets to big events.
Naqvi says, seeing Tragically Hip fans being shut out of initial ticket sales for the farewell shows, “bugged” him.
The A.G. will be consulting consumer groups, entertainers and colleagues who have also struggled with ‘bots’ in their jurisdictions to devise tactics on how to deal with electronic ticket scalping.
Government legislation would likely build on a private member’s bill by Liberal Sophia Kiwala, also aimed at banning “scalper bots.”