Guys this WHOIS is faked (which is actually illegal to do). http://whois.domaint...dtheftauto5.com
The domain's nameservers are pointing to a web host and the domain itself is with a domain parking company. The registrant has simply changed the contact details to those of Mike Torok, the current R* webmaster. As you can see, the registrar is Moniker.com.
Rockstar always use Register.com for their domains, and their nameservers are always on rockstargames.com or take2games.com, so the fact none of this is evident in the WHOIS, confirms that this is faked data, and R* do NOT own this domain name. Also, they don't own gta5.com either, so it's not even as if they're in the process of transferring it.
It is useful to buy sites like that, though. You could get offered a lot of money by a big company who wants your site, I think I remember something like this happened a few years ago and one guy got paid about $100,000 for it, something like that.
Why would Rockstar offer Rockstar a lot of money for the GTA domain?
And they did it with GTA IV way back when, also. They are probably just making sure they don't have to pay a lot for these names.
Thats true, plus Rockstar don't pay people for the domains if I'm no mistake, they usually sort it out over the phone and send the user a packages with some collectibles. Don't quote me on this though.
No, that only works if the company hasn't trademarked the name/brand or whatever it is. In which case they have no legal way to claim the domain, so they have to resort to offering money as an incentive to give up the domain.
Since R* own the trademarks to Grand Theft Auto in terms of video games, merchandise etc, Rockstar can simply ask you to give up the domain if they want it. If they don't think it's necessary then they wont.
What happened with gtaiv.com was that I wanted this domain a couple of years ago, however the guy was asking $500 for it which at the time I couldn't justify so I just lost interest in it. Earlier this year another GTA webmaster wanted it so he could make a fansite, but emailed R* about it to see if they could acquire it for him as he wanted to create a legitimate site for it (it was currently just parked with some company).
Rockstar then decided that they themselves wanted the domain, and asked him to hand it over. He did obviously as he didn't have any case, as GTAIV is trademarked by R*. The domain now redirects to the official GTA IV website.