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Mastercard and MetaMask Unveil Web3 Payment Card

Blockchain Payments | March 12, 2024

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Mastercard has teamed up with MetaMask to test the first blockchain-powered payment card

With Mastercard recently ending its partnership with Binance, this new partnership with MetaMask introduces an entirely on-chain payment card, issued by Baanx, designed to allow MetaMask's extensive user base—boasting over 30 million monthly active users—to utilize their cryptocurrencies for everyday purchases across any Mastercard-accepting locations.  This is a truly decentralized web3 payment solution that will bridge the gap between crypto assets and conventional spending habits.

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Both Mastercard and Visa have been engaging with public blockchain developers and self-custody wallet providers, indicating a growing interest in blockchain technology within traditional financial frameworks.  Also see: PayPal's blockchain vision as a new rail

Is This Similar to Visa's Partnership with Transak?

Recently, Visa partnered with Transak to facilitate cryptocurrency withdrawals in 145 countries. The partnership uses Visa Direct to enable real-time card withdrawals, allowing users to convert 40 different digital assets from wallets like MetaMask into local fiat currencies accepted at over 130 million merchant globally where Visa is accepted.

While Mastercard's initiative with MetaMask focuses on creating a blockchain-powered payment card for spending crypto on everyday purchases, Visa's partnership with Transak emphasizes the ease of converting cryptocurrencies into fiat currencies for withdrawals and payments across a vast number of countries. Both initiatives will help grow mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies, yet they cater to different aspects of the user experience.

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Mastercard's approach integrates crypto spending into daily financial activities, whereas Visa and Transak's collaboration enhances the liquidity and accessibility of cryptocurrencies by simplifying the conversion process to fiat, highlighting the diverse pathways through which the financial industry is embracing digital assets.

Why It Matters

By enabling the use of crypto for everyday transactions, this partnership expands the utility of digital assets.  As incumbent financial giants like Mastercard continue to embrace blockchain, we can expect further innovations that bridge the gap between conventional banking and the morphing world of decentralized finance.


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