It’s been almost 90 days since we launched .GAMES domains into General Availability. Over 8,000 .GAMES domains have been registered in that time, including those from big brands, game developers large and small, and hobbyists of every variety. The global games market earned nearly $100 billion in revenue this year, the majority from overseas, so as we continue to see .GAMES registrations pour in, we’re not surprised that they have taken a distinctly international flavor.
With registrants in 91 countries and territories picking up at least one .GAMES domain (possibly more, when accounting for privacy protected registrants), this new gTLD has taken just three months to nearly hit the 100-country mark enjoyed by three of our other extensions. There is even a .GAMES registration coming from the tiny island of Reunion in the middle of the Indian Ocean. But as we’ve said before, when it comes to the growth of new gTLDs, we like seeing domains put to use. And as we hoped and expected, .GAMES already is in use by hundreds of game developers, gamers, forums, and brands worldwide. Here’s a spotlight on just a few of them:
- CanDev (Canberra Game Developers Community) gathers indie game developers from around Australia’s capital and gives them a spotlight for international gamers to see their work.
- Axion Games is a development studio that helps other developers and intellectual property get their game ideas off the ground. They have 400+ employees in China, Canada, and Thailand.
- Based on their company’s name, it’s clear that the creative minds behind DotDot.GAMES have an affection for new gTLDs. They also use DotDot.WTF and DotDot.EMAIL.
- Developing video games can be such a demanding process that big developers and brands often outsource technical game development to companies like 24 Bit Games, which counts Disney as one of their major clients.