Blockstream, a provider of blockchain technologies, which maintains a range of software and hardware solutions and professional services to companies deploying new blockchain-based networks, introduced Lightning Charge, a new micropayment processing system that should make it easy to build apps on top of Lightning.
Introducing #LightningCharge, a new micropayment processing system that makes it easy to build apps on top of #Lightning. It’s already powering the @Blockstream Store, an e-commerce site we're launching today! https://t.co/Sqmv4d2ze6#LightningNetwork #Layer2 #micropayments pic.twitter.com/18jZcAXY6o
— Blockstream (@Blockstream) 17 January 2018
The decision to develop Lightning Charge was made because Blockstream reported some difficulties in integration with credit card companies and with existing online payment systems, and aspired to make it easier than ever to accept payments through Lightning.
Web developers will be able to work with c-lightning through their normal programming techniques, and they’ll also get expanded functionality such as currency conversion, invoice metadata, streaming payment updates, and webhooks.
Moreover, Lightning Charge will power Blockstream Store, a working e-commerce site that was launched by the company on January 16, 2018.