Mastercard and Immersve will soon enable crypto payments via USDC.
Users will have the option to pay in USDC at online merchants that accept Mastercard, as well as metaverses and decentralized protocols.
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Payment giant Mastercard partners with web3 protocol Immersve to enable crypto payments via USDC. USD Coin, issued by Circle, is a stablecoin backed by the United States dollar.
The launch will allow individuals to pay in USDC at merchants that accept Mastercard payments online. In addition, users will have the possibility to make crypto purchases in web3 spaces like metaverses or decentralized services.
Notably, the partnership will enable individuals to use their actual web3 wallets to make payments directly in crypto. Users’ USDCs will be converted to fiat currency once the transaction is done from the acquirers’ end.
To enable customers to use USDC for payments without any third-party collateral provider, Immersve will collaborate with a third-party settlement provider.
The partnership between Mastercard and Immersv is a big step toward cryptocurrency adoption. The companies will help to further mainstream the use of crypto assets.
“We love the fact that our platform supports both centralized crypto payments and decentralized experiences to enable individuals to become the master of their money. Immersve is literally building bridges that make it possible for individuals to transact directly from their crypto wallet, anywhere Mastercard is accepted online,”said the CEO of Immersve, Jerome Faury.
This is not the first time that Mastercard has introduced a crypto-related initiative. In August 2022, the company partnered with the largest cryptocurrency exchange Binance to facilitate cryptocurrency payments in over 90 million stores. In December 2022, Mastercard tapped Polygon and hi technology to issue customized web3 debit cards, while this January, the payment provider also announced the upcoming launch of a web3 music-themed accelerator together with Polygon.
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