2018 Russian World Cup is Coming! Bitcoin Accepted as Payment!
The debate on whether the sport that uses feet should be known as Soccer or Football has been the subject of debate across the globe for many decades. The Americans have been accused of butchering the sport by calling it Soccer and branding their own NFL as football whereas they hardly use their feet.
However The World Cup is coming!
Yes, in a month or so, the 21st World Cup will begin in Russia. This is an exciting thing for all fans.
With the approach of the 2018 World Cup, more and more cryptocurrencies and football enthusiasts are watching whether they can use Bitcoin in Russia to purchase tournament tickets. Although the official did not give such purchase options, there are already some companies that have begun offering such services to people.
Therefore, football fans who are about to go to Russia can not only use Bitcoin to stay in the “Apartments Malina” hotel chain in Kaliningrad, but also use it to purchase tickets and even exchange rubles.
Cryptocurrency has become the main source of income for 12% of Russians
A new survey shows that cryptocurrency is the main source of income for 12% of Russian-speaking people. More than 90% of respondents said that they want to use cryptocurrency as a payment method and a quarter of respondents have paid for the experience. 40% of respondents believe in Bitcoin such as cryptocurrency for a good long-term investment, they do not intend to sell crypto assets in the near future.
A survey of Russian cryptocurrency owners found that most of them have begun to participate in cryptocurrency transactions over the past few years. 28% of respondents think they are active users, and 12% think cryptocurrencies are their main source of income.
Crypto-money shopping platform Fatcats.market interviewed 382 Russian-speaking cryptocurrency users, their average age was 27 years old. Most of them are men, males account for 93% and women only 7%. Only 10% of young people under 18 years of age. The survey was completed between March 22nd and April 2nd, 2018.
The vast majority of respondents stated that they wanted to keep cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and use them for payment.
40% admit they are investing in different cryptocurrencies. Mining is no longer so popular, with only 14% actively participating, and 11% are participating in cloud mining.
Another 40% of crypto users think cryptocurrency is a good long-term investment product. They do not intend to convert to FIAT currency in the near future. According to the study’s author’s main conclusion is that the Russians are ready to use cryptocurrency as an investment tool and payment method.
You can use Bitcoin to buy tickets for the World Cup in Russia
The 21st World Cup will be held from June 14th to July 15th, 2018, when football fans from dozens of countries will travel to Russia. They can purchase official tickets online through the World Cup’s official partner, Visa, and other payment cards, as well as through bank transfer.
Non-Russian residents can complete cross-border wire transfers after completing the “Ticket Application Form” downloaded from FIFA’s official website. The audience also needs to get a special “fan ID” to enter the stadium. According to the organizers, this measure can ensure the “comfort and safety” of the football field and allow fans to enjoy “free public transport” in places where Russia hosts multiple matches.
But recently, with the booming of blockchain and cryptocurrency, more and more Russian young people hope that the World Cup in Russia can support Bitcoin payments to purchase tickets.
Therefore, the Russian media “Bitcrypto News” recently submitted to the organizing committee and FIFA, why cryptocurrency is not the way to buy tickets for the World Cup?
But in the end, the official organizer did not give an answer to this question.
Today, Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies have become a normal phenomenon in countries with high inflation or international sanctions.
At the same time, in other countries, because the government strictly controls bank transactions, cross-border transfers may not be possible at all. If Bitcoin cannot be used to purchase tickets for the World Cup in Russia, they simply cannot purchase tickets for the World Cup in Russia.
Therefore, more and more people all over the world hope that the Russian World Cup will accept cryptocurrencies for payment and cross-border remittances.
Although the organizers of the World Cup did not realize the idea of Bitcoin payments, many Russian businessmen have already started the business. This means that you can use Bitcoin in Russia to buy tickets, accommodation, and currency exchange. As long as you have enough Bitcoin, you can consume it.
Cryptocurrencies payments will be accepted as payments for accommodation during the matches scheduled in one city known as Kaliningrad. In particular: Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Ripple (XRP) and other coins supported by the Free Kassa Wallet.
With respect to Free Kassa, the website and wallet accepts Crypto, Visa, Mastercard and various forms of electronic transactions. It supports the 4 major cryptocurrencies earlier mentioned and Dogecoin (DOGE), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Bytepay (BAY), Dash (DASH), Emercoin (EMC), Monero (XMR), Peercoin (PPC), Primecoin (XPM), Reddcoin (RDD) and Zcash (ZCASH). This makes it a very efficient payment platforms.
Vitaly Lavrov, development director of Free-Kassa, was noted as saying the following about the announcement of crypto being accepted in Kaliningrad:
“For us, this is an interesting experience — we did not have to cooperate with hotels and hotels in such a format. But the hospitality industry is very sensitive to such trends.”
The ePayments Russian website that accepts cryptocurrency payments can provide you a MasterCard that can store your cryptocurrencies.
In addition to the legal tender, you can also deposit your Bitcoin, and Bitcoin Cash in your MasterCard. With this card, you can basically buy all services including World Cup tickets.
In addition to ePayments MasterCard, many Russian hotels also accept Bitcoin payments. In Russia Kaliningrad Company called “Apartments Malina” hotel chain is very happy to receive guests who want to pay with cryptocurrency.
So, if you are the holder of a virtual digital currency, in this World Cup in Russia, you can basically use your cryptocurrency to consume and experience the thrill of a digital currency consumption.
More countries began to support Bitcoin payments
As more widespread popularity of Bitcoin, in addition to countries such as Russia, Japan and other traditional accepting Bitcoin payments. Europe and other countries have begun more and more supportive to payments with cryptocurrency.
In New York, the first case of support for Bitcoin payments was recently reported in Manhattan:
According to the “New York Post, a real estate developer company called Magnum will allow customers to pay in advance in the form of Bitcoin. Ben Shaoul, the group’s president, said that they are currently signing a sale contract with their customers and that the houses sold are two apartments in the Upper East Side of New York City.
It is reported that the exact location of the two apartments is 389 East 89th St. one of them is Studio, the price is 875,000 US dollars, and the other is a one-bedroom apartment, priced at 1.48 million US dollars.
Shaoul said he would use BitPay trading platform as a third party service to accept Bitcoin payment and convert it to US dollars, while the deal legalization.
Shaoul also said in an interview that: “We are ushering in a huge turning point, and real estate developers will use the advantages of new technologies to bring better services to customers. I am very happy to be at the forefront of the era. Real estate staff should be on encryption. The currency and these secure trading platforms are open-minded.”
In fact, earlier, consumers in the United States could already use Bitcoin for payment at some retail stores and restaurants, and now they can use Bitcoin to buy a house. Although cryptocurrency is still “in its infancy,” it will make it easier to “pay for large payments.”
From land in California to an apartment in Manhattan, Bitcoin has become a payment method in the real estate market.
The New York’s first use Ben Shaoul Bitcoin trading company Magnum Real Estate Group President, said: “Our buyers are younger, they want to pay for a variety of payment options, including cryptocurrency .”
Visible, slowly more and more people began to accept Bitcoin.
Author: Marko Vidrih @cryptomarks