The decision of the Federal Cartel Office ignores the fierce competition in the market for ticket services, which is constantly increasing as a result of frequent market entries by digital providers from Germany and abroad.
Against this background, we have to assume that the Cartel Office has gone into this procedure with a preconceived notion that does not adequately reflect this development. All the investigations in the three-year proceedings were apparently aimed at confirming this belief.
We regret that the agency has not adequately considered our strong counter-arguments, especially as they are supported by current studies and economic expert reports. In case they had, the investigation would have led to a different outcome.
For these reasons, we will not accept the decision of the Federal Cartel Office and engage the competent courts to correct it.