Ticketmaster buys Front Gate and Universe ticketing companies for undisclosed amount (+ convenience charge)

Ticketmaster buys Front Gate and Universe ticketing companies for undisclosed amount (+ convenience charge)

Ticketmaster, the corporate baby of a wicked threesome to remember between the monocle-wearing, top hat-bedecked Hasbro creation known as the Monopoly Man, large Japanese nuclear lizard Godzilla, and the slime that turned you into an alien if it touched you on that late series arc of The X-Files, continues its quest for world domination. The entertainment industry behemoth recently acquired a couple of competing ticketing services, Front Gate Tickets and online indie platform Universe.

Front Gate was taken after it stabbed an alien emissary, tragically missed, and was subsumed by that weird slime stuff that makes your eyes all weird lookin’ up close. Nah, jk, y’all, Front Gate just straight-up got bought. Formerly an alt ticketing group based out of Austin, TX, you might know Front Gate best from ticketing basically every festival ever in the US, including Coachella, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza, and The Governors Ball, etc. Last year, they sold over 3 million tickets. Mmm. TICKETS.

Universe provides ticketing service and management tools to bands and promoters, who are able to then sell their own event tickets through their websites.

Now, together as one, Ticketmaster and its newest tentacles will reach even further into the vast ticketing landscape of America. Congrats on your new tentacles, Ticketmaster! Reach for the stars, and if you miss, at least you’ll have like 17 weird suction-cupped arms, a bunch of different ticketing avenues, and bazillions of dollars.

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