Picpay, one of the most popular payments fintech companies in Brazil, has announced that it will start including cryptocurrency services in its app. The company explained that these services will include the possibility of purchasing crypto and processing payments with crypto directly. Picpay follows the actions of companies like Nubank and Mercado Libre, which have also started offering crypto services recently.
To the company, this is a very significant move, as expressed by Anderson Chamon, co-founder and vice president of products and technology at Picpay. He stated:
Picpay will enter this world very strongly. It will not be an accessory product, it will be a very important line of business.
As an extension of the new services, the app will also allow customers to pay with crypto in any of the merchants using Picpay as part of their payment options. The fintech company aims to make this possible later this year, with the cryptocurrencies being liquidated automatically for fiat money to protect merchants from volatility.
By the end of the year, Picpay informed it expects to have more than 100 cryptocurrencies in its wallet, offering an ample range of options for potential investors. However, one of its most ambitious projects is the launch of its own Brazilian real-pegged stablecoin, which will be used to make payments and purchases. About the planned stablecoin, called brazilian real coin (BRC), Chamon stated:
You will not need to be a Picpay user to use this stablecoin. You can be a tourist coming to Brazil, take Paypal or another digital wallet, buy BRC on an exchange and use it in the Brazilian market.
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