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Ticketmaster blames BOT ATTACKS for Taylor Swift ticket fiasco

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Ticketmaster has blamed a ‘staggering variety of bot attacks’ for causing a tidal wave of problems for Taylor Swift fans in search of to buy tickets for her Eras Tour.

On November 1, Swift, 32 announced a 27-date tour across 20 U.S. cities, running from March to August next yr – sparking fan chaos.

Tickets went on sale on Tuesday, but what Ticketmaster termed a ‘historically unprecedented demand’ from hundreds of thousands of fans saw the positioning crash repeatedly and the method descend right into a fiasco, along with her supporters furious on the soaring prices and spending hours waiting in line.

Now, after Tennessee’s attorney general Jonathan Skrmetti revealed he was launching an investigation into Ticketmaster, the positioning has issued a lengthy response blaming bots and fans without invite codes for causing ‘unprecedented traffic’ of three.5billion users – 4 times the conventional amount.

Oh dear: Ticketmaster has blamed a ‘staggering variety of bot attacks’ for causing a tidal wave of problems for Taylor Swift fans in search of to buy tickets for her Eras Tour (pictured last week)

A press release read: ‘The Eras on sale made one thing clear: Taylor Swift is an unstoppable force and continues to set records. We try to make ticket buying as easy as possible for fans, but that hasn’t been the case for many individuals attempting to buy tickets for the Eras Tour. We would like to share some information to assist explain what happened.

Ticketmaster explained that fans needed to register with their system Verified Fan before the sale began, which is designed to ‘help manage high demand shows – identifying real humans and hunting down bots.’   

The statement continued: ‘Based on fan interest at registration we knew this is able to be big. Over 3.5 million people pre-registered for Taylor’s Verified Fan, which is the biggest registration in history.

Fiasco: Tickets went on sale on Tuesday, but what Ticketmaster termed a 'historically unprecedented demand' from millions of fans saw the site crash repeatedly and the process descend into a fiasco (pictured September)

Fiasco: Tickets went on sale on Tuesday, but what Ticketmaster termed a ‘historically unprecedented demand’ from hundreds of thousands of fans saw the positioning crash repeatedly and the method descend right into a fiasco (pictured September)

‘The massive demand for Taylor’s tour informed the artist team’s decision so as to add additional dates – doubling the tour and variety of tickets available so more fans could make it to shows.

‘Historically, around 40% of invited fans actually show up and buy tickets, and most purchase a median of three tickets. So working with the artist team, around 1.5 million people were invited to take part in the on sale for all 52 show dates, including the 47 sold by Ticketmaster.

‘The remaining 2 million Verified Fans were placed on the waiting list.’

Adding the demand for Taylor ‘broke records and parts of our website’, the statement continued: ‘Historically, working with Verified Fan invite codes has worked as we’ve been in a position to manage the amount coming into the positioning to buy tickets. 

‘Nonetheless, this time the staggering variety of bot attacks in addition to fans who didn’t have invite codes drove unprecedented traffic on our site, leading to 3.5 billion total system requests – 4x our previous peak.

‘Never before has a Verified Fan on sale sparked a lot attention – or uninvited volume. This disrupted the predictability and reliability that’s the hallmark of our Verified Fan platform.

Swift accomplished the record-breaking feat of having all 10 of the Billboard Top 100 singles at once, with 10 songs from her new album Midnights

Swift completed the record-breaking feat of getting all 10 of the Billboard Top 100 singles without delay, with 10 songs from her recent album Midnights

‘It normally takes us about an hour to sell through a stadium show, but we slowed down some sales and pushed back others to stabilize the systems. The trade off was longer wait times in queue for some fans.

‘Overall, we estimate about 15% of interactions across the positioning experienced issues, and that’s 15% too many, including passcode validation errors that caused fans to lose tickets that they had carted.’

They added: ‘The most important venues and artists turn to us because we now have the leading ticketing technology on the planet – that doesn’t mean it’s perfect, and clearly for Taylor’s on sale it wasn’t. But we’re all the time working to enhance the ticket buying experience. Especially for top demand on sales, which proceed to check recent limits.

‘Even when a high demand on sale goes flawlessly from a tech perspective, many fans are left empty handed. For instance: based on the amount of traffic to our site, Taylor would want to perform over 900 stadium shows (almost 20x the variety of shows she is doing)…that’s a stadium show each night for the following 2.5 years.

‘While it’s unimaginable for everybody to get tickets to those shows, we all know we are able to do more to enhance the experience and that’s what we’re focused on.’

The Eras Tour would sell a staggering and record-breaking 2 million tickets in only in the future. 

Response: The site has issued a lengthy response blaming bots and fans without invite codes for causing 'unprecedented traffic' of 3.5billion users - four times the normal amount.

Response: The location has issued a lengthy response blaming bots and fans without invite codes for causing ‘unprecedented traffic’ of three.5billion users – 4 times the conventional amount.

This comes as AG SkrmettI launched an investigation into Ticketmaster after the  ticketing debacle, digging into the ticketing giant’s procedures ‘to make sure that no consumer protection laws were violated.’

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday called for Ticketmaster to be broken up.

‘Day by day reminder that Ticketmaster is a monopoly, it’s merger with LiveNation should never have been approved, they usually should be reigned in,’ she said.

‘Break them up.’

Senator Richard Blumenthal agreed, tweeting: ‘Taylor Swift’s tour sale is an ideal example of how the Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger harms consumers by making a near-monopoly.

‘I’ve long urged DOJ to analyze the state of competition within the ticketing industry. Consumers deserve higher than this anti-hero behavior.’

Jonathan Skrmetti said that his office had received quite a few complaints, with the official account tweeting on Tuesday: ‘Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti is anxious about consumer complaints related to @Ticketmaster’s pre-sale of @taylorswift13 concert tickets.

‘He and his Consumer Protection team will use every available tool to make sure that no consumer protection laws were violated.’

On Wednesday, Skrmetti said he desired to be certain that there was no wrongdoing.

‘We received quite a few complaints, and there is been significant press coverage that the ticket sale process didn’t go easily,’ he told ABC News’ affiliate WATE.

Jonathan Skrmetti, Tennessee's attorney general, on Wednesday said that he was launching an investigation into Ticketmaster to ensure consumer rights were being protected

Jonathan Skrmetti, Tennessee’s attorney general, on Wednesday said that he was launching an investigation into Ticketmaster to make sure consumer rights were being protected

‘There aren’t any allegations, right now, about any misconduct. But because the attorney general, it’s my job to make sure that the patron protection laws and antitrust laws in Tennessee are being honored.’

He added that he was concerned a couple of potential monopoly.

‘We’re talking about an organization with a particularly dominant market share, I’ve heard it could be as much as 70 percent of the concert venue, ticket sales.

‘Anytime you’ve gotten that sort of concentration of market share, there’s the chance that the dearth of competition won’t just drive up prices for consumers.

‘It’ll also reduce the standard of the product and potentially it is a situation where the standard of the product is reduced.’

 Ticketmaster has not responded to Skrmetti’s investigation, but has apologized to customers.

In an announcement on Tuesday the corporate said waiting fans should ‘please hang tight,’ citing ‘historically unprecedented demand’ from hundreds of thousands.

The corporate also delayed certainly one of the presales a full day.

The American ticketing industry, which the corporate Ticketmaster overwhelmingly dominates, has for years left concertgoers frustrated by hidden fees, soaring costs, rampant scalpers and limited tickets on account of presales.

In 2010, Ticketmaster and the event promotion company behemoth Live Nation merged, which Congressman David Cicilline on Tuesday dubbed ‘an unchecked monopoly.’

He and other legislators in 2021 called for a Justice Department probe into ‘Live Nation’s efforts to jack up prices and strangle competition.’

Swift fans have an infinite online presence and a zeal that leaves them well-positioned to call attention to their plight, but Krista Brown – an analyst on the American Economic Liberties Project, which has urged unwinding the merger – said the chaos ‘is just the newest example.’

‘This is not about one artist’s concert or one website crashing,’ Brown told AFP.

‘Ticketmaster and its parent company Live Nation Entertainment have a monopoly over the industry that lets it frequently abuse its power, leaving customers, artists and venues at its mercy.’ 

Live Nation recently has reported soaring demand after several pent-up pandemic years, saying ticket sales are up 37 percent in comparison with 2019.

But while fans have complained of skyrocketing costs – Bruce Springsteen show prices within the hundreds of dollars triggered uproar earlier this yr – Ticketmaster responded to a recent query from Representative Bill Pascrell by blaming the resale ticketing market, and saying that ‘promoters and artist representatives set pricing strategy and price range parameters.’

‘Because the resale ticketing market has grown to greater than a $10 billion industry over the past few years, artists and teams have lost that revenue to resellers,’ Ticketmaster said, saying event organizers were attempting to ‘recapture that lost revenue’ via ‘market-based pricing.’

Ticketmaster claims the system give fans ‘fair and protected access’ to in-demand tickets with its FAQ page explaining: ‘The costs are adjusted in line with supply and demand, much like how airline tickets and hotel rooms are sold.

Fans of Swift had been vocal Tuesday about problems purchasing tickets for her The Eras Tour with a pre-sale code through Ticketmaster

Fans of Swift had been vocal Tuesday about problems purchasing tickets for her The Eras Tour with a pre-sale code through Ticketmaster 

‘The goal is to provide essentially the most passionate fans fair and protected access to essentially the most in-demand tickets while allowing the artists and everybody involved in staging live events to cost tickets closer to their fair value.’

Nonetheless, ‘dynamic pricing’ seems to have caused nothing but headaches for the fans of music’s hottest acts like Taylor Swift, My Chemical Romance and Drake.

Tour prices have surged by a whole bunch if not hundreds of dollars lately.

Swift will kick off the American leg of her tour March 18 at Glendale, Arizona’s State Farm Stadium, and can proceed through an August 5 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

Coming soon: Swift will kick off the American leg of her tour March 18 at Glendale, Arizona's State Farm Stadium, and will continue through an August 5 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles (pictured last week)

 Coming soon: Swift will kick off the American leg of her tour March 18 at Glendale, Arizona’s State Farm Stadium, and can proceed through an August 5 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles (pictured last week)

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