UK-based secondary ticket company viagogo was founded by StubHub co-founder Eric Baker, and according to its Web site, the company describes itself as “an online ticket exchange that allows people to buy and sell live event tickets in a safe and guaranteed way.”
viagogo, which has branded itself with a lowercase “v,” has made a name for itself by becoming the official secondary ticket exchange for powerhouse English football (soccer) teams Chelsea and Manchester United. In addition, the company is also the official secondary ticket exchange for the National Football League’s Cleveland Browns.
In the fall of 2007, the company also signed a deal with Live Nation to be the concert giant’s exclusive secondary ticket company in the Netherlands, and in 2008 it was the premium ticket seller for the European leg of Madonna’s hugely successful Sticky and Sweet Tour.
The regional court in Hanover, Germany has officially ruled that ticket resale prices will be capped at 25 percent above face value, noting that any price above this percentage is considered anti-competitive. The ruling comes after the newly-formed German promoters’ association BDKV launched a campaign last year to push for... Read more
Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has threatened secondary ticketing site Viagogo with another court appearance and fine due to some concerns with the site following its review. Late last year, the CMA took Viagogo to court for breaking consumer protection law. Viagogo released a statement noting that a settlement... Read more
The resale ticketing site Viagogo is calling out the Irish government for its proposed laws governing ticket touting. Viagogo reportedly issued a legal memorandum to Irish government ministers, noting that the laws, which seek to ban the above-face value resale of tickets and end bot software, are “repugnant” to... Read more
Australia’s Labor Party has proposed a new law that would place a 10 percent cap on resale tickets online and ban bots. This law would essentially cover the administration of the resale and promoters would be unable to cancel resold tickets. The proposal also includes a ban on bots,... Read more
German courts have banned the secondary ticketing site Viagogo from selling tickets to metal band Rammstein’s 2019 stadium tour in an effort to limit ticket scalping. According to a press release from promoters MCT Agenteur, Viagogo is forbidden to “allow the sales of tickets for the 2019 Rammstein stadiums... Read more
Citing the recent decision by the UK Competition and Markets Authority to bring court action against it, Viagogo opted against showing up for a hearing in front of British Parliament regarding the live music and secondary ticketing sector. The move, according to a letter from Prabhat Shah of the... Read more
Viagogo has filed a lawsuit against concert promoter Kilimanjaro Live, claiming that the company committed fraud in setting up fake stalls at Ed Sheeran tour stops, inviting fans who purchased tickets legally from the resale company to verify their validity, only to cancel them and force fans to purchase... Read more
Viagogo is preparing to move much of its UK-based workforce to New York as part of an expected expansion of its operations in the United States, according to several reports. The Switzerland-based resale giant has faced increasing scrutiny from government agencies in recent months, as well as a withering... Read more