Coinbase to Power Bitcoin Microtransactions in Games, Videos and More

The new Coinbase Buy Widget is already adopted by the Brave Browser, Hammercoin and Popchest.

Bitcoin exchange Coinbase has developed a new feature, called a Buy Widget, allowing for faster conversion of funds to cryptocurrency via debit cards. The new feature seems to be targeted at developers looking for a simple solution to add bitcoin micro-payments support to their projects.

Brendan Eich, CEO of Brave Software, the maker of a new privacy focused browser, said: “We have a mission to save the web by increasing browsing speed and safety for users, while supporting content creators. We intend to let users “bring their own BTC” to self-fund their wallets and auto-micropay their favorite websites. The Coinbase Buy Widget will make it easy for Brave users to buy bitcoin, even if the user has zero experience with cryptocurrency.”

Cristián González, CEO of Mego Games, commented: “With Hammercoin, our next generation bitcoin-powered minecraft experience, our most frequently asked question was “How do I get Bitcoin?” Most of them were buying for the first time, and there was no easy answer. With the Coinbase Buy Widget there’s finally a way that makes users comfortable.”

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Valerian Bennett, CEO of PopChest, added: “PopChest is the micropayments platform for video. We make it easy for content creators to offer their video in exchange for a micropayment rather than solely relying on advertising. We don’t force viewers to watch commercials before seeing the video they really want. Coinbase opens up micropayments to a whole new audience. Our viewers can instantly get all the benefits of bitcoin without previously possessing or even knowing anything about the digital currency. This is a game changer for PopChest.”

Last month it was revealed that Coinbase is planning to add support for the trading of ether, the digital currency unit behind Ethereum. The exchange which has so far only been focused on Bitcoin has announced its intentions after months of preparations for the move.

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