In a set of private new gTLD auctions held last week Donuts has won at least 4 of them, beating out Amazon Uniregistry, Minds + Machines for the new gTLD .Video (Google did not apply for .Video, but did apply for .Tube).
We should also note their was no new gTLD application submitted for .Videos. If Amazon, Uniregistry or Minds + Machines had applied for the plural .Videos, which arguably is a better string instead of .Video, they would have won it for just the $185,000 application fee.
All three other applicants for .Video have withdrawn their application as reflected on ICANN’s website.
Donuts won .Sale as Uniregistry, Famous Four, Dot-Sale, LLC whose website was at saledomain.name withdrew their applications.
I believe Dot-Sale LLC was the only applicant who used a .name address in it application of the 1,930 applications filed.
A similar Donuts extension .Deals enters the Early Access Program (EAP) this week ahead of its general availability next week.
Donuts added .Money to its list of new gTLD’s to go with .Cash which has already launched, as Famous Four dropped their application.
Finally PRIMER NIVEL S.A. of Panama withdrew it application for .Legal, leaving Donuts the only remaining bidder.
Donuts/Rightside now has won .Attorney, .Lawyer and .Legal, leaving only .Law, which I consider as the best of that vertical, as the last string in contention (.Esq was applied for just by Google and .abogado, spanish for lawyer was applied for by just Minds + Machines).
There has not been any announcement of any prices paid, however Minds + Machines which is a publicly traded company typically issues a press release after all private auctions held in a set are finalized, laying out which gTLD’s they won, which they lost and the net effect on the books of the company .
I know there was at least two more and possibly several more new gTLD private auctions held last week, so we know we don’t have all the results yet.