La ministre des Sports met en avant la blockchain pour combattre le risque de faux billets

The Minister of Sports highlights the blockchain to combat the risk of counterfeit tickets

The role of the blockchain against counterfeit notes

During speeches in the Senate on Wednesday, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, the Minister of Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, said promoted blockchain technology to combat the use of fake tickets in the event.

The minister was in fact heard, following overflows which took place on Saturday evening at the Stade de France, in the Champions League final, between Liverpool Football Club and Real Madrid.

Indeed, a massive use of counterfeit banknotes reportedly led to 2,700 Liverpool club supporters being refused entry to the stadium, despite having a valid ticket.

Amélie Oudéa-Castéra therefore returned to the details of this event, citing the causes of these overflows, what could have been better managed, as well as the solutions to be developed for the future. Among these solutions, it wishes to set up a more systematic use of electronic ticketing secured by the blockchain :

If the notion of non-fungible tokens (NFT) is not mentioned, it is nevertheless what it is about. Indeed, by linking his identity to a secure ticket in the form of NFT, for a sporting event or a concert, the risk of fraud would then be eliminated.

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Ed Sheeran as Pioneer

This futuristic vision, where counterfeit notes would no longer exist, thanks to the use of the blockchain, is however well and truly topical. As the minister explains, Ed Sheeran’s next concerts at the Stade de France on July 29 and 30 will see the use of this technology :

If this speech by Amélie Oudéa-Castéra suggests that this novelty was put in place following recent incidents, this is however not the case. This in fact results from a choice of the artist’s management teamwhen tickets went on sale last September.

Nevertheless, it is most certainly the most suitable technical solution to fight against the black market and the risk of fraud.

Here again, there is no mention of NFTsbut the general conditions of sale express the subject in these terms:

“On the occasion of the Ed Sheeran concert taking place at the Stade de France in July 2022, the organizer has decided to use blockchain technology exclusively for the issuance of tickets in order to secure the ticket office. »

It is also specified that a few days before the event, the spectators will receive a link, allowing them to download an application on their smartphone. This will generate a nominative ticket, secure on the blockchainall coupled with an identity check at the entrance to the stadium.

It is sometimes easy for certain leaders to criticize cryptocurrencies and their underlying technology. Yet we see here a concrete use case of the blockchain, thus making it possible to solve a very real problem.

Little by little, we are entering an era where our ecosystem merges with our daily lifewithout you even realizing it.

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Sources: Senate, Stade de France Notes: 1 and 2

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About the Author : Vincent Mayor

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I timidly discovered the world of blockchain at the end of 2018 during my quest for financial freedom. Initially invested moderately, it was only two years later that I took the gamble of betting everything on the movement that was taking shape then. I then dedicate 2021 to training myself better to acquire more knowledge and seriousness. As I often like to say: I still have a billion things to learn. And what I do know, I want to share with you.
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