Internet media delivery software and game service provider Big Fish Games has partnered with Bitcoin wallet and merchant service provider CoinBase to accept the cryptocurrency for its array of products.
The partnership will result in all games offering the option to be purchased with Bitcoin. Free games will offer BTC as an option for in-app purchases. The partnership marks Big Fish as Coinbase’s first foray into online games and gaming.
“Being able to offer bitcoin payments to our consumers through Coinbase is just one more way Big Fish is meeting demand and setting the pace for the mainstream consumer and for the mainstream industry. This is not a test, this payment method will be available worldwide for all of Big Fish PC and Mac games in the Big Fish app store. We are excited to offer this new payment method to the nearly 105 million annual mainstream game players that visit our game app stores, with the reassurance that Big Fish is working with Coinbase, one of the most secure and reputable companies in the bitcoin industry,” stated Big Fish chief executive and founder Paul Thelen.
Given the digital currency took a hit this last couple of weeks with the fall of once the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange MtGox, we still see more merchant services being offered, showing its immense popularity.
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“Base fees on credit cards can take 15% or more of small purchases on the internet. Big Fish not only wanted to have an alternative and less costly form of payment, but also wanted to stay ahead of the curve by offering its customers options on how to pay for their entertainment,” added Coinbase co-founder Fred Ehrsam in a press release.
Coinbase is leading the pack of Bitcoin accepting merchants and provides its services for OverStock.com and Fiverr among other platforms. Coinbase recently also partnered with Balanced to offer subscription and reoccurring Bitcoin payments.