UK Regulator Asks for New Powers Over Ticket Resale
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK is recommending changes to the regulatory climate surrounding ticket resale, which would grant it new power to deal swiftly with individuals and platforms who violate the law. Suggested reforms include a ban on platforms allowing ticket brokers to sell more... Read more
Viagogo Pitches Sale of Non-North American StubHub Business to Appease Regulators
Viagogo is reportedly willing to sell off all but the U.S. and Canada-based StubHub businesses to appease regulators, according to reporting from the UK. The proposed sale of the assets held for less than a year are in response to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which has thus... Read more
UK Regulator Announces Probe Into Planned Viagogo Purchase of StubHub
The United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority has announced that it will be investigating the proposed sale of StubHub to Viagogo, looking at whether or not the deal will lead to “a substantial lessening of competition” in ticket selling, according to multiple outlets. Announced on December 13, the competition... 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
Google Suspends Viagogo from Search Advertising Platform
Google has suspended Viagogo from using its search engine marketing adwords platform to reach consumers, multiple outlets are reporting. The action follows a lengthy lobbying campaign by music industry insiders against the Switzerland-based ticket marketplace, which vowed to resolve any concerns which led to the suspension swiftly. “When people... Read more
Pay-Per-Click Debate Catches StubHub in the Crossfire
FanFair Alliance, a self-proclaimed “music and creative community who wish to take a stand against industrial-scale online ticket touting”, recently published research that highlights the extent to which secondary ticket sites such as StubHub, Viagogo, and Get Me In! pay to top search engine results for ticket customers. Just... Read more