Zynga files for trademark on the word “Ville” in Europe

On March 1, 2011, Zynga filed for a trademark on the word: ville.  The trademark was filed with the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), the official trade marks and designs office of the European Union.  Zynga's trademark representative is Rouse, a specialist in international … [Read more...]

Another Zynga domain name goes live — Rewardville.com

The last time I wrote about Zynga and domain names, the company had filed disputes over the domains zyngagiftcards.com and zyngaworld.com with WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization.  Before that, the company had sent a cease & desist letter to the developers of Blingville, which … [Read more...]

Fusible domain blog gets mentioned in TechCrunch; other major news sites and technology blogs

Early this morning, I broke a story about the Beta launch of Zynga's Rewardville after I noticed that the web address Rewardville.com was resolving to an actual web site and not to a GoDaddy Parked page.  This followed a week of speculation of what Zynga might have planned for the domain … [Read more...]

Breaking: No longer speculation, Zynga launches Rewardville Beta

You read it here first.  After days of speculation as to what Zynga's plans were for the domain name Rewardville.com and even a mention on AOL's Games.com for confirming the rumor, Zynga minutes ago unveiled its Beta site for Rewardville. Although no official announcements have been made, Zynga … [Read more...]

Zynga likes to buy unlikely domain names, and social gaming is expected to be a billion-dollar business in 2011

MafiaWars.com, Cityville.com, Rewardville.com, Warstorm.com, YoVille.com:  As reported by Leena Rao of TechCrunch, social gaming is expected to be a billion-dollar business this year.  And those businesses that are getting into the social gaming market will be looking for domain names.  As they … [Read more...]

Elliot’s Blog, Fusible, get credit from AOL’s Games.com for breaking, then confirming Zynga Rewardville story

The bigger technology sites and mainstream blogs often take credit for breaking news stories, even though some of those news stories are on occasion reported by bloggers first.  That's not the case with a recent breaking story that appeared on Domaining.com yesterday, in which Elliot Silver asked … [Read more...]

Proof that Zynga has plans for Rewardville: Trademark application filed in Europe

Rumor over on Elliot's Blog is that Zynga, the popular social game development company, purchased the domain name Rewardville.com, possibly for a rewards program that was announced back in late November in a Zynga  Press Release. Being a big fan of Zynga, I did a little digging on the name … [Read more...]