8.club, along with 24 other two-number domain names, including 11.club., 44.club, 55.club, 99.club and more, are set to go to auction on 4.CN, China’s leading domain auction platform and the largest domain marketplace in the country. Bidding will open on March 7th, 2016 at 5pm in China (4am Eastern) and the auctions will have staggered end dates from March 21 through 24th. All of the names will be offered with no reserve, so all 25 domains being auctioned are expected to be sold.
Over the past year, China has emerged as the world’s largest buyer of domain names.
.CLUB has seen a significant spike in registrations from China with more than 420,000 of its domains having been registered in China and more than US$2 Million in .CLUB premium name sales to Chinese investors in just the past few months. For example, 5.club sold for more than US$58,000 to a Chinese investor at an auction in December.
This portfolio of .CLUB domains in the 4.cn auction is expected to generate a great deal of interest, as numbers have significant cultural meaning in China, with repeating numbers seen as very lucky. The word for “eight” sounds similar to the word that means “prosper” or “wealth” and carries a meaning of success and fortune. Coupling numbers with short, recognizable and meaningful extensions like .CLUB brings high value, as the word “club” is recognized, used and has meaning across the world, including throughout China.
“The strong demand we’ve been experiencing in China, especially for short numeric domain names, should make this auction on 4.cn very exciting,” said Colin Campbell, founder and CEO of .CLUB Domains. “Investors see these names as more than domains. They are a valuable and increasingly liquid currency, and they are in limited supply. We are also honored that 4.cn has selected .CLUB to be the first ever dedicated new domain extension to have its own auction on 4.cn.”
This is the complete list of names that will be offered in the 4.cn .CLUB auction:
For times and other details about the auction please visit www.nic.club/auction