Many new TLD contention auctions were held this week.
There were a number of new top level domain name contention set auctions this week, although details on winners are scant thus far.
.Garden, .property, and .yoga were set for auction on Tuesday. I haven’t been able to figure out the winners yet, although I’m sure publicly traded Minds + Machines (a participant in all three) will issue a press release as soon as everything is settled.
I’ve learned that Donuts won the auction for .city, and it seems that the auction may have
set a high water mark for contention set auctions so far been one of the highest priced to date, but not the top. (Actual bid prices are not released by the auction provider.) The company was up against TLD Registry (which is running to Chinese IDN domain names) and Radix. Proceeds will be split by the losing parties.
I’m don’t fully understand the appeal of this domain. A couple types of registrations could be actual cities and those playing on “city”, must like you could .center or .today for topical saites (e.g. videogame.city or music.city).
As more three+ party auctions get resolved, we can expect the final bid prices to increase.
Applicants have a short window left to resolve contention through private means rather than ICANN auctions.