Just a day after it was reported that the European Commission wants to end anonymous transaction on bitcoin exchanges, new evidence comes to light showing the scope of the matter is even worse. A firm has announced it is now accepting orders in bitcoin for tanks, fighter jets and even massive warships; unfortunately for the ‘bitcoin is dangerous’ narrative the war machines are only virtual for now.
Wargaming is the creator of popular freemium massively-multiplayer online (MMO) strategy games, World of Tanks, World of Warships, and World of Warplanes. Thanks to a cooperation with BitPay, players in the United States can now buy virtual gold (Wargaming’s in-game currency) with bitcoin to fund their deadly pursuits.
On its blog, BitPay explains that the integration with Wargaming is also one of the first to make Payment Protocol wallets the default way to pay invoices. Customers using these wallets can send bitcoin to a Wargaming bitcoin invoice more securely and broadcast their transactions to the bitcoin network in less time. Customers can still check out with any bitcoin wallet, but the integration collects a return address in advance in case there are any transaction issues, which reduces the need for back and forth between customers and Wargaming’s support team.
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Back in October 2015 online gaming marketplace G2A started accepting bitcoin payments thanks to a partnership with BitPay. Having facilitated an average of 700,000 transactions per month in 2015, the Hong Kong-based G2A is one of the largest online marketplaces bringing game developers, buyers and sellers together.