Following the outbursts during the Champions League final at the Stade de France, the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, mentions the benefits of blockchain in the fight against fake tickets. This value proposition will be implemented on July 29 and 30, during the Ed Sheeran concerts at the Stade de France.
The role of the blockchain against counterfeit bills
During speeches at the Senate this Wednesday, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, the Minister of Sports and Olympic and Paralympic Games, highlighted the blockchain technology to fight against the use of fake tickets in the event.
The minister was in fact heard, following the outbursts that took place Saturday night at the Stade de France, during the final of the Champions League, opposing the soccer club of Liverpool to Real Madrid.
Indeed, a massive use of falsified tickets would have led 2 700 supporters of the Liverpool club to be refused access to the stadium, even though they had a valid ticket.
Amélie Oudéa-Castéra therefore went back over the details of this event, citing the causes of these outbursts, what could have been better managed, as well as the solutions to be developed for the future. Among these solutions, she wants to implement a more systematic use of electronic ticketing secured by blockchain.
If the notion of non-fungible tokens (NFT) is not mentioned, this is what it is all about. Indeed, by linking one’s identity to a secure ticket in the form of NFT, for a sports event or a concert, the risk of fraud would then be eliminated.
Ed Sheeran in the role of pioneer
This futuristic vision, where counterfeit money would no longer exist, thanks to the use of blockchain, is however well and truly a reality. As the minister explains, Ed Sheeran’s upcoming concerts at the Stade de France on July 29 and 30 will indeed see the use of this technology.
If this statement by Amélie Oudéa-Castéra suggests that this new feature has been implemented following the recent incidents, it is not so. This is indeed the result of a choice of the artist’s management team, as soon as the tickets went on sale last September.
Nevertheless, it is certainly the most suitable technical solution to fight against the black market and the risk of fraud.
Again, there is no mention of NFTs, but the terms and conditions of sale express the subject in these terms:
“On the occasion of the Ed Sheeran concert to be held at the Stade de France in July 2022, the organizer has decided to exclusively use, for the issuance of tickets, blockchain technology in order to secure the ticketing.”
It is also specified that a few days before the event, spectators will receive a link, allowing them to download an application on their smartphone. This will generate a nominative ticket, secured on the blockchain, all coupled with an identity check at the entrance of the stadium.
It is sometimes easy for some executives to criticize cryptocurrencies and their underlying technology. Yet, here we see a concrete use case for blockchain, solving a very real problem.
Little by little, we are entering an era where our ecosystem is merging with our daily lives, without us even realizing it.