Twickets, the UK-founded ticket platform that allows only face-value resales, has opened an office in New York. 

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Acts partnering with Twickets for its U.S. launch include Niall Horan, Pixies, PVRIS and Wilco. More names are to follow.

Since Richard Davies founded Twickets in the UK in early 2015, the company claims to have saved fans more than $20 million in inflated prices and ticket fees by only allowing the resale of tickets at face value. Acts such as Adele, Ed Sheeran, Mumford & Sons, Queen and The xx have used it as their official resale platform.

Sheeran was also the face for Twickets when launching in Australia earlier this year. The company claims to have a user base of 500,000 and counting. It believes that “most fans are inclined to sell tickets they can't use at face value to other genuine fans, rather than trading them for hugely inflated prices (and fees) on the secondary ticketing market – a market that is dominated by brokers who are increasingly pricing real fans out of seeing their favorite artists and shows.”

Davies said, “We are excited to bring Twickets to the U.S., and we look forward to its growth and expansion in one of the world's biggest live-event markets.”

Heading the U.S. office is Ant Cauchi, who thinks “the UK and the U.S. have a lot in common when it comes to the secondary ticket market. Being able to see your favorite artist or show at the original price set is not often an option for most fans nowadays, and our launch in the US is a major step towards ensuring fans everywhere can see the artists they love at a fair price.”

In the worst cases of secondary ticketing abuse, touts bulk-buy huge contingents of tickets with technological help. They then sell them with ridiculous mar-ups, which means they don’t have to bother about even selling all acquired tickets to make a profit. This leads to empty seats at shows that have been declared a sellout.