.Green and .Wedding contention sets settled in multi-million dollar auctions
Two three-applicant contention sets are resolved.
The .green and .wedding new top level domain name contention sets have been resolved in private auctions.
It’s unclear which company won the .green auction as applications have not yet been withdrawn. However, Top Level Domain Holdings (Minds + Machines) announced today it was on the losing end of that auction.
It used the proceeds from losing .green to spend millions on .wedding. After accounting for the proceeds of .green and a refund from ICANN for withdrawing its .green application, Top Level Domain Holdings paid $2.23 million for .wedding.
It bested rival applicants Donuts and What Box for .wedding.
As for .green, either Afilias or Rightside took home the prize in what I bet was also a $2 million+ auction. DotGreen Community, the most vocal applicant for .green, bowed out previously after spending a lot of its funds ahead of contention set resolution.