Hello, happy Sunday, and welcome to my weekly Domain Investing News Highlights. We’re almost halfway into the first month of 2020 and the domain investing world is in full swing again.
Here’s a quick summary of what happened this week. The UDRPs are coming in hot this year and Lotto.com, a domain that sold for seven-figures was able to fight off what would have been an incredibly crushing UDRP decision. It’s crazy to think that you could spend millions of dollars on a domain name and someone could think that with a ~$5k legal process they could take it from you. Could you imagine buying a $2M house and then someone trying to claim ownership for a few thousand bucks? Crazy!
NamesCon announced that Go Daddy’s CEO – Aman Bhutani will be giving the Keynote in Austin and Ron Jackson had a great article with Soren and Helga about what’s ahead for the event. For anyone interested in bidding in the live auction, or learning a bit more about how to strategize before an auction, DomainSherpa put together one of the best guides I’ve ever seen in preparation for NamesCon this year.
Of course the .ORG sale is still in the news and now critics are trying to see if they can possibly take over the registry to block the sale. Last but not least, a gaming company moved from a .IO domain to a .GAMING domain, an interesting move and something I personally think we’ll see more and more of as the general public becomes more comfortable and aware of new gTLDs.
Below are the stories from across the Domain Investing world that caught my eye this last week – enjoy!
Another reverse domain hijacking finding against DePenning & DePenning (read more on Domain Name Wire)
On the Record: The Story of Print.com (read more on Media Options)
ICA’s statement on the new .COM registry agreement (read more on OnlineDomain)
NamesCon’s Soeren von Varchmin & Helga Neumer Reveal What’s in Store for Revamped Global Event in Austin (read more on DNJournal)
Now .org critics actually want to take over the registry, blocking billion-dollar sale (read more on DomainIncite)
GoDaddy CEO Aman Bhutani to Keynote at NamesCon (read more on DomainInvesting.com)
Lotto.com : Domain was saved from UDRP – Seven figure sales price revealed! (read more on DomainGang)
Bidding List for NamesCon Auction – and Everything Else You Need to Know (read more on DomainSherpa)
Blockchain gaming company moves from .io to .games (read more on TheDomains)