Our weekly tech round-up from the world of ticketing and associated industries…
Digital season tickets
Fans of English League One football club Plymouth Argyle that use an Android device can now benefit from in-app ticketing, thanks to a new upgrade. Fans will have access to any digital or print at home tickets purchased for Argyle home matches in the tickets section of the app. This has also been implemented for 2022-23 season ticket-holders, who can access their season ticket through the Argyle App. Digital season tickets were introduced for iOS users last month.
Fans cause Ghost Q&A crash
Fans of masked rock band Ghost crashed the Spotify Live servers as they waited for a special Q&A session, which led to the event being cancelled. Due to overwhelming demand, the platform had to cancel the event because of technical difficulties. Spotify Live enables music fans to watch streams of live sessions like a Q&A, chat with other listeners and create their own live rooms.
David Guetta enters the metaverse
French DJ David Guetta has teased the launch of the Stage11 David Guetta Experience, which is a new playable music metaverse adventure that will be launched in April 2023. It will be available on the Stage11 platform, and players can join the DJ in saving the future of music. Along the way, other artists will feature such as Snoop Dog, Akon and Ne-Yo to help players earn interactive NFT (non-fungible token) collectibles.
Digital ticketing forecasts
Digital ticketing transaction values are predicted to exceed pre-pandemic levels next year, and reach $1.7tn (£1.5tn/€1.7tn) in 2027 according to a forecast from market research and forecasting consultancy, Juniper Research. This is up from $758bn in 2022. While the forecast predicts travel ticketing – such as metro and bus digital tickets – will be the fastest growing digital ticketing segment, it identifies ‘rapid growth’ for digital event ticketing. Transaction values are predicted to double from just under $100bn in 2022 to more than $223bn in 2027.