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Ticketmaster Executive Envisions “Smart Contract” Blockchain Ecosystem
Ticketmaster envisions a world in the not too distant future where tickets function as “smart contracts” powered by blockchain technology, making transactions trackable and irreversible, according to coverage of remarks by an executive speaking at Elev8CON in Las Vegas on Monday. “Ticketmaster has technology that is almost 40 years... Read more
FanFair Alliance Files Complaint Against Viagogo’s StubHub Deal
UPDATE (as of December 4, 2019)  Viagogo released the following statement to TicketNews regarding the matter: “Viagogo expects the market regulator to look at this deal as they would with any deal of this size and we will be working with them collaboratively on that as required.” — The... Read more
Viagogo Google AdWords Suspension Ends in Most Markets
Viagogo, which made major headlines earlier this week with the announcement of its agreement to purchase StubHub for just over $4 billion, is back on Google’s paid search AdWords platform, according to multiple outlets. The resale marketplace, based in Switzerland, had been booted from the platform after intense pressure... Read more
eBay Sells StubHub to Viagogo for $4.05 Billion in Cash
eBay is selling ticket resale marketplace StubHub to Viagogo for $4.05 billion in cash, according to a press release issued by the California company Monday morning. The sale is expected to close by the first quarter of 2020, assuming it clears regulatory hurdles and other closing conditions. Eric Baker,... Read more
House Committee Announces Investigation Into Live Event Ticketing
The House Energy and Commerce Committee announced Thursday it would be investigating the live event ticketing industry, looking for “potential unfair and deceptive practices” within, according to a press release. Letters were sent to Live Nation, Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), Tickets.com, StubHub, Vivid Seats, and TicketNetwork requesting details on... Read more
Enrique Iglesias Concerts Cancelled Due To Promoter Scam
Several Enrique Iglesias concerts across Europe have been cancelled after the fraudulent promoter was accused of running off with around €1 million. According to Pollstar, a Bulgarian promoter claimed to represent ArtBG and has scammed ticket buyers, venues, and artists after posing as a local promoter. The situation unfolded... Read more
Harry Potter Fans Demand Refunds For Non-Magical ‘Scam’ Event
When an adults-only Harry Potter-themed event was coming to Montreal, Potter Heads were quick to buy $50 tickets. However, the event, which promised a magical night filled with music, photo ops, and themed-cocktails, was nothing like fans expected. Ahead of the event, LIVEMTL ran a story, noting that the... Read more
‘Verified Fan’ Fails Harry Styles Fans During ‘Love On Tour’ Presale
The former One Direction member and heartthrob Harry Styles is heading out on tour in 2020, and just like the presale for his one-off show at The Forum earlier this month, fans faced difficulties during the presale this morning. Styles announced Love On Tour dates last week, and tickets... Read more
Fuller: Duopoly? What if Vivid Seats Bought StubHub?
Tick-tock on the clock But the party don’t stop TiK ToK by Kesha The drumbeat is getting louder. More and more traffic is coming through my channels. “Vivid is buying StubHub,” “The deal is very close.” If this were to happen, there would really only be two major players... Read more
Madonna, Live Nation Sued by Fan Over Concert Start Delays
A Florida man has filed a class-action lawsuit against Madonna and Live Nation after a Miami Beach concert saw its start time pushed back from 8:30 to 10:30 PM – one of many such instances of tardiness on her current Madame X tour. The suit, filed on November 4th,... Read more