According to a federal suit filed October 2, Ticketmaster alleges that Prestige Entertainment used ticket “bot” software to illegally purchase as much as 40 percent of all available tickets to the Broadway hit Hamilton, according to Variety. Tickets were then sold at a nearly 49 percent up-charge in many cases.
Ticketmaster accused Prestige Entertainment of fraud, for being in breach of contract, and for violating New York’s anti-scalping law. The suit also states that Prestige continued to use the illegal bot software even after it paid $3.35 million to settle charges that the company was able to buy 1,012 tickets to a U2 concert in one minute.
The suit also states that Prestige and its affiliates used 9,047 separate accounts to make 313,528 Hamilton ticket orders over the course of 20 months.