It appears that domain investor Andy Booth has sold his Gox.com domain name to the parent company of Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, which is currently offline as of this posting. Based on the Whois information, the deal appears to have been transacted within the last few days. Gox.com is still listed on the Booth.com website.
On February 21, 2014, Andy Booth was listed as the domain name registrant, according to a historical Whois record. According to the current Whois record, the registrant of the domain name is now Mark Karpeles of Tibanne Co. Ltd., the company that operates the MtGox.com Bitcoin exchange. If you visit Gox.com, you will notice that the domain name currently forwards to MtGox.com.
During the last month, Mt. Gox has faced some serious issues that prevented clients from withdrawing their Bitcoin holdings. I don’t own any Bitcoin, so I am not the best person to discuss what has been happening with the company.
It is interesting that the company made this domain name acquisition in light of all of the news about the company. I am sure there will be more details revealed in the coming days.
I reached out to Andy seeking details, and when he responds to my email, I will update this article.
Update from Andy Booth: “Basically I got gox.com like any other LLL – didn’t directly target Mt Gox. My brother met domain broker Joe Politzer in Singapore who got excited about gox.com and then I said he could try to sell it if he wanted. He called Karpeles and Gox to find out if they wanted it and immediately they expressed pretty strong interest. I’ve asked Mark if it’s ok to publish details (no response as yet).”
Here’s an update from Joe Politzer of DN.BIZ, broker of Gox.com, with more details.