OpenBazaar Now Accepts Bitcoin Cash

Decentralized marketplace OpenBazaar added support for Bitcoin Cash Zcash (Beta) payments
08 February 2018   145

OpenBazaar is a free online marketplace and a peer to peer application that doesn’t require middlemen, has no fees and no restrictions.

The platform announced on Wednesday that it had integrated Bitcoin Cash, the cryptocurrency that forked from the main Bitcoin blockchain last year. It has also added a beta release for Zcash support.

Both currencies are added as part of the project's version-2.1 release.

With this update, users will have the option to create new nodes for processing Bitcoin Cash and Zcash (Beta) payments, respectively.

It is worth noting that the startup has raised more than $4 million to date. The investments are coming from Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures as well as industry investors like Digital Currency Group and Berlin-based BlueYard.

According to the release, more currencies and multiple currency support are on its roadmap for future releases.

Athena Bitcoin adds Bitcoin Cash to its ATMs

Athena Bitcoin adds support for Bitcoin Cash to their machines
19 February 2018   72

Rising interest in Bitcoin Cash has made a big impact on cryptocurrency market and service providers alike. The rising exchange rates and more widespread support on exchange platforms contributes to the fact. And this can;t be ignored by companies involved in Bitcoin ATM business. They wouldn't want to be left on the side in such a quick-rising market. So Athena Bitcoin took a logical step and added support for Bitcoin Cash to their ATMs.

In the case of Athena Bitcoin, it's an interesting step because of many reasons. The don't plan to drop Bitcoin anytime soon, so it's just an expansion of bases, rather than a complete turnover. Also added support will be interesting to statistics, because Athena's widespread coverage in several US states will allow to see, whether or not BCH is more popular than BTC in some states.

Bitcoin Cash support will also allow for BCH to fiat conversion with two-way machines available in Athena's network. Added competition doesn't thrill Bitcoin Core community, but BCH enthusiasts are quite happy with this situation.

So far Athena Bitcoin is one of the first providers to give such opportunity to the masses, so it would be interesting to see if other ATM networks will follow the example. Decisions like that are always more than a little controversial so we'll have to wait and see if it pays off.