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Old 12-02-2021, 06:57 PM   #1
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New US Congress Bill Could Ban Bots Used To Purchase Consoles

https://www.gameinformer.com/2021/12...chase-consoles

A new bill introduced to Congress could automatically ban bots often used by resellers to buy consoles such as the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X.

This news comes by way of Video Games Chronicle, which reports that the bill, dubbed the "Stopping Grinch Bots Act," was introduced by Representative Paul Tonko, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator Majority Leader Charles Schumer, and Senator Ben Ray LujŠn. In a statement about the recently-introduced bill, Tonko said that "Grinch bots" are forcing Americans to pay exorbitant prices for gifts this holiday season.

Only second to sneakers, a market that's been heavily influenced by bots for years, consoles are likely what bots are targeting most this season. With the release of the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles still fresh, it's been more challenging than ever to nab one of these new-gen consoles at MSRP. That's because the second these consoles go live, would-be buyers must beat out bots that automatically place the consoles in someone's cart and check out.

It's not easy beating bots, and while some customers have found success, the lengths people must go to secure a console at MSRP can be ridiculous. Bots are the main problem behind the struggle, and if this new bill is passed, the use of bots on online retail sites would be banned.

"At a time when families should be able to spend time with their loved ones, digital 'Grinch bots' are forcing Americans to scour online sites in the hopes of finding an affordable gift or paying exorbitant prices for a single toy," Tonko said. "These bots don't just squeeze consumers, they pose a problem for small businesses, local retailers, and other entrepreneurs trying to ensure they have the best items in stock for the customers."

"Our Grinch Bots Act works to level the playing field and prevent scalpers from sucking hardworking parents dry this holiday season. I urge my colleagues to join me in passing this legislation immediately to stop these Grinch bots from stealing the holidays."
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Old 12-03-2021, 09:47 AM   #2
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Re: New US Congress Bill Could Ban Bots Used To Purchase Consoles

I guess my only question would be, how would it be enforced?
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Old 12-03-2021, 10:08 AM   #3
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Re: New US Congress Bill Could Ban Bots Used To Purchase Consoles

Yeah, good luck with that.

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Old 12-03-2021, 11:20 AM   #4
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I guess my only question would be, how would it be enforced?
There's already legislation in place that protects Online Ticket Sales. Network Security is in place and trying to bypass its security will result in a crime. This new bill will now cover Retail as well as Supply Chains. There are some serious security software's that fight off bots out on the market now. Legislation would enforce the BOTS Act with the Network Security and Criminal Offenses.

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Old 12-07-2021, 02:37 PM   #5
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There are still bots for Ticketmaster. The purpose of a bot is to act as a human. It will only make it worse as companies don't know what's going on then.
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Old 12-07-2021, 03:54 PM   #6
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There are still bots for Ticketmaster. The purpose of a bot is to act as a human. It will only make it worse as companies don't know what's going on then.


They know now. The first penalties were recently imposed this year under the BOTS Act.


https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/pres...under-bots-act
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