Invicta FC’s first online PPV was snagged with technical difficulties as many were unable access the show. After Invicta FC CEO Shannon Knapp saw that the problem was not going to be fixed in adequate time, she made the call to air the show for free and has promised refunds to anyone who purchased the event. USTREAM, who aired the show, has taken responsibility for the events and said that the show saw record braking numbers which created the problem.
“Unfortunately what happened was – and the issue was on USTREAM’s end, it was not on Invicta’s end – was that believe it or not, our payment system, which is in sort of a beta program at the moment, got overloaded,” said Brad Hunstable, USTREAM CEO to MMA Junkie Radio.
While Hunstable wouldn’t give specific numbers the PPV did, Knapp said that there were 3,000 pre-sale purchases and around 70,000 viewers tuned in once the decision was made to have the show be free.
“I’ve seen the data myself,” said Hunstable. “It’s pretty clear that this was the most popular pay-per-view that we’ve seen on Ustream.”
In the past, USTREAM has hosted several sporting events including the UFC.
Invicta FC 4 aired this past Saturday, January 5, from the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS for $7.95. The promotion returns to action in April, at the same venue, with no exact date given. Knapp is unsure if they will charge for that show.