In June 2017, Donuts spent $213 million on Rightside, officially managing dozens of new extensions and becoming parent company of Name.com. Right after the deal, Donuts has more than 200,000 domain names on the system, most of which are .COM domains.
A large company that manages new top-level domains like Donuts suddenly holds in hand many .COM domain names do not seem to fit very well. Therefore, the company needs to find a reputable partner for these popular extensions.
Normally, expired domain names in Donuts will be sold to NameJet for auction. However, after the sale of eNom to Tucows, Donuts no longer owns NameJet, the company has a good reason to choose a new place. And GoDaddy Auctions is a potential name.
The second half of October, 2017, GoDaddy has officially confirmed the information will offer expired domain auction service on the GoDaddy Auctions platform for Name.com. However, the deal will begin next year, 2018. Currently, Name.com is still transferring the expired domain name to handle at NameJet.
Representatives of Donuts also said: We are very pleased to work with GoDaddy. They are a leader in domain name and a strong, reliable partner.
Godaddy lost the expired domain name from Tucows this year, but has garnered a large number of other titles from Host Europe Group and Donuts (Name.com).