Today Bitstamp and ZEBEDEE announced a partnership that allows customers to instantly top up their in-game ZBD wallet and use it as a lightning wallet.
Bitstamp’s Lightning integration will allow customers to seamlessly transfer Bitcoin to the ZEBEDEE gaming ecosystem. Users will now be able to use Bitcoin in virtual gaming environments.
“It’s a real integration of gaming and BTC trading,” said David Osojnik, Bitstamp CTO. “With the ability to easily transfer bitcoin between ZEBEDEE and Bitstamp at the push of a button, it’s basically like a joint account for both platforms. The global gaming industry is valued at more than 170 170 billion annually – more than the combined totality of the music and film industries. That’s why we’re hopeful that this integration will encourage the next wave of crypto investors.
This will be the first time gamers will be able to transfer bitcoin directly from an exchange to ZEBEDEE. To celebrate, Bitstamp is distributing 1 bitcoin directly to players through a range of ZEBEDEE-powered games.
Simon Coyle, CEO of ZEBEDEE, said: “Bitcoin serves as the foundation of our technology stack, as it is simply the best network and form of money for the job. Ability to transfer your earnings into different games and into the real world.
The product is not yet available in the United States due to the compliance ban, but it will be available to all other Bitstamp customers worldwide.
With more than two billion gamers worldwide, ZEBEDEE and Bitstamp are building a virtual ecosystem that is inherently global and inclusive through the implementation of Bitcoin. This growing ecosystem is based on the Bitcoin Lightning Network, which offers instant payments with almost zero fees.
“We recognize that JBDE is creating the potential for change in how the economy is structured in the virtual world,” said Julian Sayer, CEO of Bitstamp. “While activity in your game can have a real economic impact, it opens new doors for value creation. In the future, the virtual economy will certainly be bigger than the real economy. The key to this happening is an open and inter-operative system.”