In what could be big news — or none at all — Stevivor.com has recently learned that the company behind bargain website Catch of the Day now controls the former retail chain GAME’s domain, game.com.au.
A Whois registry search of game.com.au reveals that Catch of the Day became the domain registrant back in November 2012.
Catch of the Day has swept in on dormant domain names in the past. ZDNet reported in 2011 that CotD’s sister site, Scoopon, registered the domain groupon.com.au before the US-based bargain company Groupon could secure it. Groupon took legal action against Scoopon, accusing the Aussie company of trademark infringement and cybersquatting. SmartCompany later reported that Scoopon and Groupon settled out of court, with Groupon taking control of the property.
GAME stores across Australia went into administration and were all eventually closed down by July 2012. Attempts to view game.com.au result in server timeouts at the time of writing.
We’ve put in a request for a comment from Catch of the Day, but our queries have not been returned.
The impact of this domain name purchase remains to be seen, but we’ll keep you in the loop as we learn more. In the meantime, do you think Catch of the Day will put the domain to use as some sort of video game bargain site, or are they just sitting on it until an interested party is prepared to part with cash?
Thanks to Tim for the tip!