Twitch may be accepting Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) payments again

25 Jun, 2019
by David Robb
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Twitch may be accepting Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) payments again

Popular streaming platform Twitch appears to have enabled crypto payments again. A Reddit user pointed out earlier today that Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) are now accepted as payment options.

Twitch.tv first added support for crypto back in June of last year, allowing users to tip streamers in BTC and BCH. The Amazon-owned platform, which is primarily used for the streaming of games, subsequently removed the option in March of this year. Tax issues were suggested as the most likely reason, as well as the volatility of crypto assets. Another online gaming phenomenon, Fortnite, temporarily enabled crypto payments at the start of 2019, before removing them and claiming that the feature had been a mistake.

Now, it appears that Twitch users may be able to make payments in BTC and BCH again, based on a Reddit post. Redditors are claiming that BitPay is being used as the intermediary to process the payments. However, no official announcement has yet been made from Twitch, and other users have claimed that the option isn't available for them.

Responses to this Reddit post were mixed. Some praised the re-enabling of crypto payments, wondering whether Amazon may be testing out the feature on its subsidiary before eventually adopting it on its main e-commerce sites. It was suggested that BTC's recent push past the $10k level may be what convinced the platform that crypto was worth dealing with again. Meanwhile, others criticized the use of BitPay, as it will limit the usage of BTC and BCH as payment methods due to the excessive transaction fees.

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