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Garry Chernoff: One $45 domain purchase, one $500,000 domain sale


When I asked Garry Chernoff to share something special about his latest sale of for $60K, he told me he purchased the domain from the previous owner for just $1,000. 

But if that doesn’t blow your mind, then maybe this piece of news will.

You remember the $500,000 domain sale of reported earlier this year, don’t you? 

“ was purchased from a drop catching registrar (Signature Domains) in 2001 for $10. + the $35 reg fee. $45. total,” Garry Chernoff wrote me by email today. sold to Turkish casual game producer Gamegos, as I first reported here.  The sale is still in the top 5 publicly reported domain sales of 2011, currently tied for the #3 spot

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Domain News Updates: Zynga, Frank Schilling, 2011 Top-selling domain, Worldwide Media, Internet Gaming


Here are a few quick updates on stories posted here on Fusible in the last month. 

Gamegos, buyer of $500,000 domain– Gamegos, which I revealed last month as the buyer of the top selling domain name in 2011 so far to date, finally has a landing page online for its prized domain.  Well, sort of.  The one-page website says nothing more than, “Games for Girls”.  Garry Chernoff who sold the name, also had the top publicly reported domain sale for Feb. 28, 2011 – Sun. March 6, 2011, according to DN Journal, with the sale of for $85,000.  While it may be old news to you, what you might not know is that Garry’s company NetIncome Ventures purchased for a mere $15,655 back in 2008 via NameJet.

Zynga breaking stories– As a blogger, I like to look for breaking stories, and Zynga has been a source of many breaking stories here on Fusible.  My story on Zynga filing for a trademark on the word “ville” in the European Union got lots of reaction online with several major news sites and technology blogs picking  up the story – ranging from CNET to Wired and TechDirt to  Hundreds of people have retweeted the story on Twitter and “Liked” it on Facebook.

The latest updates on New Jersey Internet Gambling Bill– Though Governor Chris Christie, vetoed what could’ve made New Jersey the first U.S. state to make online gambling legal, there’s still hope. “Sponsors of the legislation are talking about massaging the language to make it more acceptable to the governor rather than circling the wagons for an override vote, and everyone seems to think the issue is headed to New Jersey voters in the fall,” writes Larry Josephson for

Frank Schilling’s NAMedia updates its social networking experiment, again– I’ve been reporting on Frank Schilling’s social media experiment for months now.  The web app has changed names one time already from to  Now this week, the website has changed names again – this time from to

Mike Berkens’ Worldwide Media sells for $230,000, sitting on a gold mine– As reported in February, domain investor and blogger Mike Berkens has sold $725,300 worth of domain names recently.  And those are just the sales that don’t fall under an NDA (non-disclosure agreement).  But his portfolio could be worth a whole lot more.  Earlier this month Mike wrote a story about Sony’s announcement of, it’s Move development platform.  But as he noted, Sony doesn’t own the domain, he does. was acquired for just $4,200 during Sedo’s November .ME auction which netted over $400,000 in sales.

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UPDATED: Turkish casual game producer Gamegos is rumored buyer of $500,000 domain

gamesgos is taking top honors as the top-selling domain name in 2011 so far to date, nearly doubling the price of the next highest ranking sale – – which sold for $270,000 in early February. 

While the owner of the domain name is guarded behind Private Whois after Sedo completed the transfer this week, a reader who goes by the name “Anthony James” tipped me off earlier today about who the buyer might be.

I eliminated Bill Kara of Hallpass Media as the buyer, after speaking to Bill last week over email. 

It’s rumored that the mystery buyer who paid $500,000 for the casual games domain is Gamegos, a Turkish game producer with more than 30 million monthly active users across its network of websites. 

I contacted Gamegos to ask for more information, but haven’t received a response.  So it remains speculation at this point.

According to the Casual Games industry news site,, Gamegos owns casual gaming portals like, and, based on a rough traffic estimate provided by Compete, receives well over a half a million unique visitors per month.  Same with and other sites belonging to Gamegos.

It’s only a rumor for now, but Gamegos seems to be one of the best candidates.

Updated: A spokesman for Gamegos using the email address ‘info -at-, wrote me early this morning and confirmed the company purchased the domain.  There was no personal info provided in the email, but Gamegos appears to be a fairly private company, so you can judge the email for yourself below.

About, the first popular free girl games website, online with the
title “Games for Girls” since 2006, bought the domain name “”
for $500.000.
Being the pioneer of girl games market, already has hundreds of
exclusive games for girls and keeps developing new games continuously.
The domain will be used for a new project targeting young
girls. It will aim to expand the girl gaming market discovering new joys.