Private Auctions

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

    … Seven new gTLD contention sets have been formally resolved with application withdrawals this morning, five of which we haven’t previously reported on. Most appear to have been settled by private auctions, with Donuts often the victor. The standout, however, is .sas, an unusual case of a contention set of two would-be dot-brand registries being…

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  • Afilias loses Chinese .info as seven more new gTLD auctions conclude

    … Today news has reached us via various channels that seven new gTLD contention sets have been settled, all is seems via private auction. Notably, Afilias has lost the opportunity to run the Chinese-script version of its 14-year-old .info TLD to Beijing Tele-info Network Technology Co, the only other applicant. The Beijing company’s application…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncitein Google- 5 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…

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  • 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 Minds + Machines, dotimmobilie and Starting Dot have all withdrawn from the contest in the last few days, presumably due to an auction.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…

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  • 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

    … to be good news for M+M, which will see the majority of the cash. However, it could be related to the fact that .coupon, and dozens of other Amazon new gTLD applications, recently made the switch from being “closed generics” to more inclusive proposals. Amazon had originally intended that itself and its subsidiaries would be the “only eligible…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 10 readers -
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