Thanks to a new partnership between Adyen and BitPay, it has become much easier for businesses to start accepting bitcoin. Adyen services are used by Ryanair, AirBnB, and Facebook, to name just a few.

 

Starting today, all business clients of the Dutch payment platform Adyen can start accepting bitcoin without much trouble. This is possible because of a new agreement with BitPay, a leading bitcoin processing company. The integration of the two global platforms took about a month. The work was carried out by Jeff Garzik, a core bitcoin coder employed by BitPay.

The reasons for the new deal were explained by Roelant Prins, CCO of Adyen, when interviewed by the International Business Times:

“As a business focused on merchant needs, we are excited to give merchants the ability to securely accept bitcoin payments, alongside over 250 payment methods and 187 transaction currencies that we currently offer”.

The total number of merchants using Adyen exceeds 3,500 and includes such giants as Facebook, Ryanair, Vodafone, Uber, KLM, AirBnB, and Greenpeace.

“This partnership means that any of these companies can easily start accepting bitcoin payments without the need for further technical integrations”,

said Sonny Singh, CCO of BitPay, to Cointelegraph. Technically the new partnership means that all these businesses do not need to establish links with bitcoin companies themselves, which can carry all kinds of real and imaginary risks. They can just turn on the option and start to accept bitcoin whenever they want, alongside credit cards and PayPal.

The first Adyen client to accept bitcoin payments is Jagex, the largest British independent developer of online games, famous for RuneScape, the largest free MMOPRG in the world. David Parrott, the payment services director, remarked that the deal between BitPay and Adyen gave the company “the commercial peace of mind” to start accepting bitcoin. He further acknowledged that using bitcoin may contribute to the popularity of their games because, as he said,

“An advantage of Bitcoin is that it is still new and shiny enough to generate interest in the payment experience simply through the fact that it exists”.

BitPay is making a major push to promote the cryptocurrency through cooperation with merchants and charity organizations.