Wirex, a major player in crypto payments with over 6 million users, has chosen to partner with Polygon CDK (Chain Development Kit) to create a new App Chain focused on payments, named W-Pay. This move marks a significant development in the world of cryptocurrency payments.
By utilizing Polygon CDK, an advanced blockchain technology toolkit, Wirex aims to enhance the performance and security of its payment system. This technology facilitates faster and more secure transactions.
Pavel Matveev, Wirex’s CEO, explained, “Using Polygon CDK allows us to transition our payment infrastructure to the blockchain, improving efficiency and enabling seamless integration with various decentralized applications.”
Wirex’s status as a regulated entity and a principal member of Visa and Mastercard positions it uniquely to innovate in the payment industry. Matveev added, “Our initial plan includes introducing a non-custodial Visa card for cryptocurrency transactions, making digital assets more accessible in everyday life. Our goal is to bring all 6 million Wirex users into this ecosystem.”
Jordi Baylina, Co-Founder of Polygon, expressed excitement about the partnership, stating, “Wirex’s adoption of Polygon CDK to create their payment system has the potential to introduce fresh ideas and expand the adoption of digital payments.”
To further enhance the utility of the Wirex ecosystem, the new Wirex App Chain will use Wirex’s own token, WXT, for transactions. This move is expected to increase the demand and functionality of WXT, prompted by interest from large enterprises.
Wirex’s presence with users across various regions underlines its commitment to transforming digital-age payments. With millions of users worldwide, Wirex has been instrumental in making cryptocurrencies accessible for everyday transactions since its inception in 2015.
Founded by Pavel Matveev and Dmitry Lazarichev, Wirex has provided a user-friendly platform for buying, storing, and using cryptocurrencies alongside traditional currencies. Their specialized card allows users to make cryptocurrency transactions in their daily lives.
Wirex continues to evolve its product offerings to align with market trends, while also adhering to regional regulations and securing necessary licenses. As a pioneer in the industry, Wirex introduced its own native utility token, WXT, and initiated the world’s first cryptocurrency reward program, Cryptoback™, offering users cryptocurrency rewards for their transactions.
To adapt to the growing Web3 landscape, Wirex expanded its product suite to enable mainstream access to decentralized finance (DeFi) and wealth management, introducing features like high-interest savings and partnering with decentralized finance platforms.
While headquartered in London, Wirex has expanded its presence globally and processed over $20 billion worth of transactions. With rapid expansion into new territories, including the United States and Australia, Wirex is well-positioned to support and promote the mass adoption of cashless transactions through innovative solutions.