Visa Partners With Over 65 Crypto Platforms — Crypto-Linked Card Usage Soars Despite Price Volatility

Visa has now partnered with more than 65 crypto platforms and exchanges. In addition, the payments giant revealed that crypto-linked card usage exceeded $2.5 billion in the first fiscal quarter, “which is already 70% of the payments volume for all of fiscal 2021.”

Visa Outlines Crypto Strategy and Achievements

Visa Inc. discussed its crypto strategy and achievements during the company’s earnings call Thursday. Visa CEO Al Kelly said: “Many current trends in payments, including … crypto, and wallets, are enabling new ways to pay. These represent opportunities for Visa.”

Regarding his company’s efforts in the crypto space, the executive highlighted:

We’re also providing on-ramps for crypto players creating connectivity with fiat economies. There are over 65 crypto platforms and exchanges that have partnered to issue Visa credentials.

Recently, News reported that consumers will be able to spend cryptocurrency at 80 million merchants using crypto-linked Visa cards. However, CEO Kelly said during the call that the actual number is “closer to 100 merchants.”

The Visa boss also revealed: “This quarter, Visa credentials and crypto wallets had more than $2.5 billion in payments volume, which is already 70% of the payments volume for all of fiscal 2021.”

In July, Visa said that crypto-linked card usage reached $1 billion for the first six months of 2021.

Furthermore, the Visa CEO detailed: “In addition to embedding credentials and crypto platforms, we continue to innovate around our settlement and crypto API capabilities,” elaborating:

We will continue to lean into the crypto space. And our strategy is to be a key partner to provide the connectivity, scale, consumer value propositions, reliability, and security that is needed for crypto offerings to grow.

Kelly also mentioned his company’s recently launched “specialized global advisory practice” for cryptocurrency. Meanwhile, Visa currently has no plans to hold crypto on its balance sheet.

Visa CFO Vasant Prabhu told CNBC in an interview Friday:

We’ve seen this payment volume continue to grow despite volatility in the crypto markets.

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