GreatDomains auction gets underway with some premium names at bargain prices

Great Domains

Have you tuned into the doman name auction in progress over at GreatDomains

There are some high-priced names like (reserve: $250,000 – 499,999 USD), but there are also some deals to be found on premium domains. is for sale with a reserve range of $1,000 – 4,999 USD.  The domain name appraises for $16,000 over at, the free online domain name appraisal service., a name that sold in 2009 via for $13,000, is listed with a reserve range of only $500 – 999 USD.  In 2007, sold at Sedo for $10,000.

The GreatDomains auction, which started today and runs through December 9, has over 200 names listed – and there are plenty of bargains to be had like ($1 – 499 USD)., which was listed with a reserve of ($25,000 – 49,999 USD) has already landed a $61,000 high bid, with over 6 days left in the auction.

From two-letter .com domains to .net to .tv, there’s something for everyone.

News sells for $40,000 at GreatDomains

design contest

The domain name has sold at Sedo’s GreatDomains for $40,000 USD. 

The DesignContest web site, which is already online but has unfinished business in terms of development and content, plans to run logo, web and other graphic design contests.  The site has a feel of, a popular ‘design contest’ web site that has nearly 60,000 projects completed to date and last month alone paid out almost $1 million to designers ($742,096, to be exact).

In April, 99designs, had nearly half a million people visit its site, according to Compete.

Interestingly enough,, runs a similar web site and currently owns the #1 spot in Google for the search term: design contest.  In 2010 DesignContest claims to have awarded $42,238 in prizes., which still appears to be in Beta, has a number of test contests online.  But based on the track record of 99designs and other clone sites, the $40,000 investment for the domain name seems like a smart investment.

Last year, was acquired by National A-1 from Yahoo! for $380,000.  The Contests site is online, but still under construction.  While not much is known about the plans for other than the WordPress site that is online, launching a ‘design contest’ web site might not be such a bad idea.

UPDATE: purchased the domain left a comment on this story: “ has been acquired by The new version (V2) of will be launched on .com in early 2011 to bring new unique functionality and services to it’s customers that look for top results in graphic design.”

News Trademarks

Media giant Hearst Corporation acquires domain for $100,000

hearst tower

The news broke earlier this week on that the domain name sold for a whopping $100,000.  But until now, the new owners had remained a mystery. 

Earlier the registrant records switched from Sedo over to Hearst Corporation, one of the nation’s largest diversified media companies that owns 15 daily and 38 weekly newspapers, nearly 200 magazines around the world, 29 television stations, and has ownership in leading cable networks such as ESPN.

Now that the name has traded owners, what are the plans for the domain name:

At the time of this story, is nothing more than a parked page at MelbourneIT.  But if you dig a little deeper, for example search trademarks on the United States Patent and Trademark Office, you’ll find that Hearst filed for the “LITTLE ANGELS” trademark back on July 26, 2010.

According to the filing, Little Angels will serve up: ‘Digital media, namely DVDs, videos and CDs featuring children’s audio visual programing and music; computer applications for mobile phones, namely downloadable children’s audio visual programing and music; sound recordings.’

‘Angels’ Domain Names

On a somewhat related note, isn’t the only big sale of an ‘angels’ domain in 2010.  Earlier this year, was acquired for $200,000 by the MLB for its the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim web site.  The price tag put the sale in 37th place among the Top 100 sales of 2010, according to the current rankings at DN Journal.

While the DN Journal rankings don’t include yet, the sale price will rank it somewhere among the top 60 sales, tied with,, and other domain names that sold for $100,000.

News domain name sells for $11,000 – Familytree domains have been selling in 2010

family tree

This is still not officially confirmed, but it looks like the new owners of are the same owners of  At the time of this story, the name has changed registrants and currently re-directs to 

Network Media owns  The company represents several popular websites, catering to the female demographic including –,, and according to sales records was purchased in 2008 for $100,000 through Moniker.

Family Tree domain names

If you haven’t noticed, over the last several months somebody has been busy acquiring ‘familytree’ domain names.

 While sold for $11,000 at Sedo earlier this week, September saw three back-to-back sales of ‘familytree’ domain names. sold for $899 on Sept. 11, 2010 and on the same day sold for £25,000.00 at Sedo. sold for $1,500 on the following day.

A year before, had sold for $40,000 on Sedo according to DomainTools.

News Video Games

German gaming portal Bigpoint acquires for $7,800 for its post apocalyptic third person shooter

ruined online

Bigpoint, one the largest German gaming portals and one of the top 3 gaming portals worldwide, has acquired from Sedo GreatDomains for its post apocalyptic third person shooter called ‘Ruined’.

Bigpoint originally used the domain name for its site which debuted in October.

According to an article in Gamasutra: ‘Hamburg, Germany-based Bigpoint said that it’s adding 250,000 new registrations every day, and with the pending official launches of Battlestar Galactica and the company’s first U.S.-developed game Ruined Online, Bigpoint expects growth to continue.’

As of late October, the company claims to have over 150 million registered members of its browser-based games.

Bigpoint owns nearly 1,000 domain names for over 65 online games bundled on its game portal.

The company issued a press release about the launch of Ruined in early October:

Bigpoint Inc., the US-based subsidiary of Bigpoint GmbH ( – a worldwide leader in online gaming – today unveiled its first browser game developed in North America. Set in a post-apocalyptic San Francisco, Ruined ( is a fast-paced, arena-style combat game that includes high-end features common to traditional console games.

“We came to the United States to extend and optimize our existing portfolio of games and to create new titles specifically for this market,” said Heiko Hubertz, CEO and Founder, Bigpoint. “With Ruined, we believe we’ve taken a huge step forward in producing a game that looks and feels like something you get with console and PC games, but requires nothing more than a browser to play.”

While still in early development, Bigpoint is showing-off a playable demo at the Game Developers Conference Online in Austin, Texas this week. In its current form, the game includes two arenas based on well-known San Francisco landmarks. Players can select one of three characters and engage in a deathmatch against other live players.

In developing Ruined – which is being built atop the Unity 3 engine – Bigpoint has partnered with dSonic Inc., an award-winning audio production company, and Cinematico Inc., a full service 3D design, animation, and motion capture studio. Bigpoint selected these firms to achieve a high-caliber experience for hardcore gamers.

Bigpoint is targeting this winter to release an open beta of the game. At that time, three more characters, additional San Francisco-inspired arenas, and multiple game modes will be available. In addition, the game will include 3D positional and stereo sound, including voice chat.

For more information about Ruined, including character back-stories and 3D scenes from the game, and to sign-up for the game newsletter, please visit: