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The Xmas DomainGame: Get the high score
Which country does the ccTLD .cx come from? Is .tv a generic or a country code top-level domain? In the InterNetX DomainGame, players can demonstrate their knowledge about domain endings on the net. As new domain endings are starting to make their entry, the game is a bit of light-hearted orientation on the rapidly expanding domain map.
What country does the ccTLD .cx come from? Is .tv a country code or generic top-level domain? The InterNetX Xmas DomainGame is now live. Players can show off what they know about domains on www.internetx.com/en/domaingame and participants with the highest scores win exclusive prizes.
In 2012, there were over 250 million registered domains worldwide. 100 million of these alone were .com addresses. The rest are attributed to around 255 country code TLDs like .de (about 15 million domains) or the other generic top-level domains like .org, .net or .biz.
A more diversified domain landscape
The domain landscape is looking forward to diversification in the upcoming months: Over 700 new top-level domains (new gTLDs) will be introduced step by step. The first Sunrise phases started in October, the first endings are set to go live at the end of January 2014. Google and Amazon alone have applied for a total of 177 endings.
Despite this, the general public knows relatively little about the new gTLD topic. In a survey undertaken amongst small and middle-sized companies, more than two thirds of participants stated that they use a domain name. Around 80 percent believed that using a domain containing their company name was good for business. In the same survey, more than 80 percent of participants stated that they knew nothing or very little about the start of new domain endings.
DomainGame is intended to add some light-hearted orientation to the rapidly expanding domain map and give players a basic understanding of a complex theme. For each selected domain, information about registration numbers, country of origin or, in the case of new TLDs, the expected launch date is displayed.
Play and support a good cause
However, players can also win prizes: The holder of the highest score at the end of the day on December 26 will win an exclusive racing day in Zandvoort (Netherlands). Other prizes up for grabs include an iPod nano, an Amazon voucher and five true-to-life Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ models.
Players can also contribute to a social cause by participating. The scores of the top eight players will be added at the end of the competition. InterNetX will donate 100,00 Euro for every 100,000 points scored to the Bischof-Wittmann School in Regensburg. The private institution is a home and center that aids development for children and youth with mental disabilities. Through targeted learning, children acquire appropriate skills to help them take part in the community i.e. through work and leisure activities.