Fans need to purchase an official ARMY fan club membership to enter the raffle

Ticket News reports that Kpop group BTS management group Big Hit Entertainment has angered fans by introducing a lottery ticket system.

Announced during a corporate briefing on Wednesday, Big Hit Entertainment CEO Yook Seok-jun confirmed that “concert raffles” will be introduced around the world.

In order to enter the ticket raffle, fans must purchase an official ARMY fan club membership to access selected allotment of floor seats and early access tickets. Additionally, in order to have the “best” seats, the ARMY membership needs to be bought through merchandise app Weply.

If a ticket is allocated to an ARMY member who cannot attend, the ticket will be made available for the next member to purchase it. ID will be required to enter the concert with the corresponding ticket, preventing ticket resale.

Regular-seated tickets will not be affected by the lottery.

Yook said the new ticket system has been introduced because fans previously “experienced difficulties due to waiting for ticket purchases and illegal ticket sales.”

“In order to improve unfair practices, we introduced the lottery system for BTS’ fan meeting in June and the upcoming Seoul concert in October,” Seok-jun said. “We are planning to gradually introduce (the system) for overseas tours in the future.”

Fans on Twitter seemed to disapprove of the company’s new raffle system.

“bighit we don’t want this lottery raffle system. we want the ticketmaster walking man back,” tweeted one fan.

“A RAFFLE? bighit what are you doing, my chances for getting bts tickets went from .0009 to .0000000000000009%,” tweeted another.

“BUT I DIDN’T EVEN WIN THE RAFFLE FOR THE BTS STIDIO SO MY HOPES ARE ALREADY NONEXISTENT FOR HAVING A CHANCE TO WIN TICKETS FROM BIGHIT’S LOTTERY SYSTEM,” one person tweeted.

However, some were a bit more optimistic, with one fan writing, “I for one like this idea because I’m tired of seeing the same fansites getting the floor seats at every show.”

In related news, BTS recently announced that they will be taking their first ever break from performing since their debut in 2013.

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