Remember last year when Microsoft acquired Halo4.com for an undisclosed amount from its previous owner?
Well, it looks like Microsoft is at it again, this time with the domains Halo5.com and Halo9.com.
According to Whois records, Microsoft has secretly acquired Halo5.com (Whois) and Halo9.com (Whois) from their previous owners using brand Corporation Service Company’s shell company Name Rally. Name Rally is the same intermediary Microsoft used to acquire AnswerDesk.com.
Of course, these acquisitions may be nothing more than Microsoft defending its intellectual property, but it’s also possible the company is looking far ahead to the eventual releases of Halo 5 and even Halo 9.
So, what’s Microsoft’s current report card on Halo domains up through Halo 10, as of today?
Here’s a look.
Halo.com – registered and active website owned by HALO Brand Solutions, not Microsoft.
Halo1.com – registered and active website owned by HALO ONE, not Microsoft.
Halo2.com – owned by Microsoft Corporation.
Halo3.com – owned by Microsoft Corporation.
Halo4.com – owned by Microsoft Corporation.
Halo6.com – Parked at Network Solutions by Colby Thiesen, not owned by Microsoft.
Halo7.com – privately registered and active website, not owned by Microsoft.
Halo8.com - registered and active website owned by Halo 8 Productions, not Microsoft.
Halo10.com – owned by Microsoft Corporation.
I’ve reached out to the previous owner of Halo9.com to learn more about the transaction and will update this post if I hear back.