Looks like 2021 is the year crypto goes mainstream eventually
American multinational financial services corporation; Mastercard has taken the decision to open its channel to selected cryptocurrencies. This was revealed not too long after electric car company Tesla invested the sum of $1.5 billion in Bitcoin and announced that it would accept the cryptocurrency as a means of payment in the future.
Prior to now, Mastercard provided its customers with cards that allow them to make transactions using their cryptocurrencies without going through the corporation’s platform.
The Multinational corporation announced on Wednesday, 10th of February 2020, that it has plans on offering support for some selected cryptocurrencies on its network this year. It therefore joins the train of tech companies, businesses and start-ups that have already incorporated cryptocurrency in their business operations. Companies like Square, BlackRock, Tesla, PayPal, etc., have joined the movement in backing up cryptocurrencies.
Mastercard said opening its network to cryptocurrency would be creating opportunities for buyers, sellers, and generally individuals. Specifically, it said, ‘doing this work will create a lot more possibilities for shoppers and merchants, allowing them to transact in an entirely new form of payment. This change may open merchants up to new customers who are already flocking to digital assets.
Although it is opening its network to cryptocurrency, Mastercard said not all cryptocurrencies would be allowed on its network. The reason Mastercard is giving support to only selected cryptocurrencies is that, a good bunch of the endless amount of already existing cryptocurrencies still need to work on tightening their compliance measures.
Many cryptocurrencies still have to win the trust of mainstream investors and members of the general public because of the speculative nature of cryptocurrencies and the fact that it has huge potentials to be used for money laundering.
As companies continue to support cryptocurrency and involve it in their business operations, this helps investors and people to believe and trust in them, save with them, transact with them, as well as invest with them. As major companies continue to invest in cryptocurrency, more big companies and start-ups would also find ways to do this too. In other words, cryptocurrency will continue to gain wide acceptance and in just a matter of time, money would truly evolve.