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New .bet Domain Announced by Afilias
- January 11, 2016 By Oliver Young -
Online gambling operators can now apply for a .bet domain name designed especially for gambling sites.
Afilias, a popular domain registry operator, has recently introduced .bet, an online address designed for gambling activities in general. The online and offline betting and gaming activities include playing games of chance, betting on sports and other related activities.
According to Afilias, the .bet domain name is short and easy to remember and it will immediately reveal to the general audience that a website is related to online betting and gaming. Only trademark holders that are eligible can register for the domain and they have until February 4, 2016 to apply for a .bet address.
Launch Dates for .bet Domain
As of January 5, 2016 through February 4, 2016 online gambling operators can register for .bet domain. Only eligible trademark holders can apply and to do so, they should visit the authorized register.
From February 8th through 12th .bet domain names are going to be available via the Dutch auction format. At this auction, available domain names will start at an already set maximum price. This price will be lowered on a daily basis as operators decide at what price they want to register. This ‘landrush’ period ends on February 12, 2016. Interested trademark holders and operators should start thinking about the names that want to register on .bet so they are ready when the landrush period starts.
The open registration period starts on March 3, 2016. For more info on the .bet domain name and registration details, operators should visit get.bet website.
The chief marketing officer at Afilias, Roland LaPlante, told in a press release that he is very excited to introduce the company’s .bet domain and he believes that it’s the top level domain especially for the sports betting and online gambling. “Operators that offer sports betting or casino gaming products and services can greatly benefit form a .bet address. It is the best online address for all games of luck and wagering activities,” he added.
Online gambling continues to grow significantly and generates billions of dollars in revenues on a yearly basis. Many European and Asian countries have legalized online betting and gaming and in the US there are even four states that allow online gambling. The domain .bet was launched to support this industry by making it easier for gamblers to find gaming/betting sites.
Most Expensive Domain Names for Gambling
Before the introduction of .bet domain names, throughout the history, there have been several domains related to online gambling that have created a lot of fuss. The gambling related domain name sales are also the most expensive ones in the history. Let’s start with Casino.com- the perfect domain address for casino style games and services. It was sold at $5,500,000 in November 2003 to Mansion Limited. Slots.com is another expensive domain also sold at $5.5 million. It is a perfect gaming destination for slots and other games of chance. The third most expensive domain is gambling.com sold at $2,500,000 to KAX Media in April 2011.