Payment giant Stripe has brought back crypto support after it stopped processing bitcoin payments four years ago. The company now says, “Our optimism for the future of crypto was not unfounded … Crypto is going mainstream.”
Stripe Brings Back Crypto Support
Payment giant Stripe has re-entered the crypto space after four years, with the launch of a suite of products to support crypto businesses.
Stripe is a payment infrastructure company headquartered in San Francisco and Dublin, with 14 global offices. According to its website, millions of companies in over 120 countries use Stripe to start, run, and scale their businesses, including Amazon, Google, Shopify, Microsoft, Spotify, Uber, and Nasdaq.
Stripe co-founder John Collison announced on Twitter Thursday that his company now supports crypto businesses, including exchanges, on-ramps, wallets, and non-fungible token (NFT) marketplaces.
Stripe was one of the first major companies to embrace bitcoin. “In 2014, we became the first major payments company to support Bitcoin payments,” the company explained on its website. However, Stripe stopped processing Bitcoin transactions in April 2018 citing block size issues, which the company said led to “bitcoin becoming less useful for payments.”
Four years after Stripe stopped supporting bitcoin payments, the company explained in a blog post, “We’ve learned that our optimism for the future of crypto was not unfounded.” The payment company elaborated:
From new developments in blockchain infrastructure to widespread interest from major financial institutions, crypto is going mainstream.
“To better support our customers and continue to grow the GDP of the internet, we are working to give crypto businesses access to today’s global financial infrastructure — starting by partnering with FTX and Blockchain.com to broaden consumer access to crypto,” Stripe further noted.
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