Music-lovers in the UK are undoubtedly breathing a sigh of relief today, with news that Ticketmaster are set to close down their controversial resale sites Seatwave and Get Me In.
In a post on their website this afternoon, the UK branch of Ticketmaster announced the news, explaining that their desire to create a more even playing field was the motivation.
“All we want is you, the fan, to be able to safely buy tickets to the events you love,” the company wrote online.
The aforementioned websites are set to shut down in October, with no new events being listed as of today.
Ticketmaster boss Andrew Parsons confirmed the news, stating, “We know that fans are tired of seeing others snap up tickets just to resell for a profit on secondary websites, so we have taken action.”
In addition to this news, Ticketmaster have also announced the creation of their own ticket exchange, allowing fans to sell unwanted tickets to each other in a more regulated environment, meaning that people will theoretically stop being ripped off in the resale market.
The new service will also allow buyers to see the difference between resold and standard tickets, highlighting the status of a ticket during the buying process by highlighting resold tickets in pink.