Private Auctions

  • Battles for .chat, .style, .tennis, bingo and .sas over

    …. Donuts, finally, beat Famous Four to .bingo. Afilias and Top Level Spectrum have officially withdrawn their .wine applications. As we reported earlier this week, this leaves Donuts as the sole remaining applicant. Top Level Spectrum’s bid for .sucks has also been withdrawn, confirming DI’s report from earlier this week that the controversial gTLD…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 4 readers -
  • Afilias loses Chinese .info as seven more new gTLD auctions conclude

    … gTLDs — .law and .vip — and lost the auctions for several more. In .law it beat NU DOT CO, Donuts, Radix, Merchant Law Group and Famous Four Media. In .vip it beat Google, VIP Registry, Donuts, I-Registry and Vipspace Enterprises. From the auctions M+M said it lost we can infer that .design and .realestate contention sets are also now settled…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncitein Google- 4 readers -
  • CentralNic invests $1.5m in mystery gTLD applicant

    … Registry back-end provider CentralNic has stumped up $1.5 million to back a new gTLD applicant in a forthcoming private auction. CentralNic CEO Ben Crawford declined to identify the beneficiary. The company has also not disclosed what stake in the target company it will obtain if it wins the auction. Here’s the entirety of the statement…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncitein Google- 1 readers -
  • Straat-backed bidder beats Donuts and Afilias to .health

    … DotHealth has won the four-way contention set for the controversial new gTLD .health. Afilias and Donuts both withdrew their competing applications this week. Famous Four withdrew its application over a month ago. DotHealth is backed by Straat Investments, the investment vehicle chaired by .CO Internet’s Juan Calle. The new gTLD will run…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 3 readers -
  • Donuts wins .immo gTLD

    … Donuts has acquired the .immo new gTLD after its three rival bidders withdrew their applications. Minds + Machines, dotimmobilie and Starting Dot have all withdrawn from the contest in the last few days, presumably due to an auction. Starting Dot had applied for a Community Priority Evaluation, which would have allowed it to avoid an auction…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 7 readers -
  • Donuts spends $50 million on new gTLD auctions

    … $50 million of its funding, of course. In private gTLD auctions, the winner pays the losers. By losing at least 22 auctions, Donuts could just as easily be breaking even. Not all of Donuts’ auctions have been organized by Applicant Auction. A few were settled via other means. Applicant Auction takes a 4% cut, which means its take so far…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 9 readers -
  • Amazon snubs ICANN auction to win .coupon privately

    …” scheduled for July, following the $600,000 sale of .信息 last week. The next batch of ICANN auctions is now not due to happen until August, unless of course ICANN rejigs its schedule in light of the .coupon settlement. It’s not clear why Amazon has suddenly decided it prefers the idea of a private commercial settlement after all, but it appears…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 10 readers -
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