MasterCard announced a new partnership that will offer debit, credit and prepaid cards, within the Asia-Pacific market, backed with cryptocurrencies. This new agreement with two Thai companies (Amber Group and Bitkub) and an Australian one (CoinJar) seems to reaffirm the company’s favorable position towards bitcoin (BTC) and crypto assets.
The announcement was published by MasterCard on its official website this November 8. According to the statement, the association was made with “the main cryptocurrency companies of Asia-Pacific.” The text informs that this is the “first payment cards in the region that is linked with cryptocurrencies.”
The association occurs within a global program of cryptocurrency cards , released last July. The objective is to offer solutions to companies interested in this type of payment cards backed by digital currencies.
As detailed in the announcement, the cards will allow making payments in fiat money with direct settlement on the person’s cryptocurrency balance .
According to a survey conducted by MasterCard, the launch of this type of card for the Asia-Pacific area goes hand in hand with the self-interest of the population . About 45% of the people surveyed believe that bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency is likely to be used in the coming year. This average is slightly above the world average of around 40%.
MasterCard has already agreed to the use of cryptocurrencies within its payment network. At the beginning of the year, CriptoNoticias reported that the card company would allow payments in fiat money, with direct settlement in cryptocurrency balance.
In October of this year, MasterCard announced that, since then, its commercial affiliates could offer services with bitcoin. This continues to demonstrate the support that the company is giving to the ecosystem.