Winklevossâ€™ Gemini to Offer Custody of .Crypto Blockchain Domains
Users can now store Unstoppable Domainsâ€™ .crypto addresses with Gemini Custody.
Unstoppable Domains, a major blockchain domain provider, is hitting another milestone as Winklevoss brothers’ Gemini exchange now offers custody for its “.crypto” domains.
Starting from July 23, users can store their “.crypto” addresses obtained through Unstoppable Domains with Gemini Custody â€” a tool that is designed to store crypto assets in a regulated, secure and compliant manner.
Domain registrars 101domain and EnCirca are among the first users
Registrars of traditional DNS domains are being targeted as top customers of the new service. Providers like 101domain and EnCirca will be the first resellers of the new product, Unstoppable Domainsâ€™ co-founder Brad Kam told Cointelegraph.Â
By using Geminiâ€™s custody services, the registrars will purportedly be able to protect their blockchain assets. â€œThey have traditional companies that donâ€™t want to store their own domains,â€� Kam added.
Introduced by Unstoppable Domains in October 2019, a “.crypto” domain is a domain registry based on the Ethereum blockchain. The registry allows users to connect any crypto address to their domain, enabling domain payments and uncensorable websites. Blockchain domains represent non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, built on Ethereum and stored on a userâ€™s wallet.
According to Kam, Gemini is the first exchange to provide this storage to NFTs in general. â€œThis is great for companies that donâ€™t want to store their own keys,â€� the executive noted. Kam elaborated that, alongside Geminiâ€™s custody opportunity, .crypto domains can deploy hardware wallets like Ledger for secure storage. â€œLots of people use Ledgers for this currently,â€� the exec said.
Crypto exchanges are also looking at using .crypto domains
Backed by major blockchain investor Tim Draper, Unstoppable Domains has registered over 200,000 domains to date, including domains like Kyber.crypto, Switcheo.crypto, myetherwallet.crypto, and meltemdemirors.crypto.Â
The domain name industry is actively deploying blockchain technology to develop the decentralized web. On July 21, major domain registry Verisign acquired a blockchain patent that is designed to turn traditional domains into a â€œblockchain user address,â€� allowing them to interact with other participants on the network. Previously, popular browser Opera became the first major browser to integrate the .crypto domain extension.
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