The first batch of new gTLD applications have officially entered the Extended Evaluation stage of the process.
Fifteen bids that failed to achieve passing scores during Initial Evaluation are now taking a second crack at getting approved.
Extended Evaluation is voluntary but in most cases — such as when additional financial or geographic support information is required — it is also free from additional ICANN fees.
If an application goes into EE, its whole contention set is delayed — possibly for months — while the evaluation is completed.
The affected strings so far are: .online, .bcg, .ged, .supersport, .life, .payu, .locus, .shop, .taipei, .pay, .ltd, .olayangroup, .llc, العليان., and .mckinsey.
The 15 comprise basically every application that has so far been told it is eligible for extended evaluation, but excluding most of those that received the news last Friday.
The DI PRO Application Tracker has been updated to reflect the new statuses, and we’ve added a new search option that lets you view or exclude “In EE” applications.
The DI PRO New gTLD Timeline now also includes diary entries related to Extended Evaluation.