Twitch now accepting BTC and Coinbase for payments
The game streaming service is taking up the cryptocurrency cause once again.
Twitch, the Amazon-owned video game streaming service, is now allowing subscribers to pay for its services using cryptocurrency.
Twitch confirmed the plans in a tweet on its official account last week, listing BTC and Coinbase amongst the payment options it accepts. "Put those gift cards from grandma to good use by subscribing to your favorite streamer!" the tweet read.
Other more conventional payment options accepted by Twitch include PayPal, Apple Pay, Visa and Skrill. Twitch is expected to expand its presence in Australia this year, with the planned rollout of Amazon Prime also likely to see Twitch Prime finally became available to Australians, more than a year after its launch.
Twitch has experimented with allowing cryptocurrency payments in the past. In 2014, it partnered with gaming payments service provider Xsolla. Using the Xsolla network, Twitch customers were able to support their favourite gamers and streamers by making bitcoin payments. However, the option disappeared after the Xsolla development team eliminated bitcoin from its payment network.
Twitch's support for cryptocurrencies makes it somewhat of an outlier in the gaming community. Both Microsoft and Steam have stopped accepting bitcoin payments.
Real-world options for making payments using bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies remain relatively limited. We've rounded up a comprehensive listing of ATMs and shops in Australia that support bitcoin.
In one strange recent example, KFC Canada launched a "Bitcoin Bucket" which could only be paid for in cryptocurrency. The limited-time offer sold out, but there's been no suggestion yet that KFC Australia will follow suit.
KFC Canada presents The #Bitcoin Bucket. Sure, we don’t know exactly what Bitcoins are, or how they work, but that shouldn’t come between you and some finger lickin’ good chicken. https://t.co/2OKuCHk5Hb pic.twitter.com/UwaduB8toi
— KFC Canada (@kfc_canada) January 11, 2018