The government’s partially restrictive measures against crypto currencies have not harmed the crypto economy in Russia. The crypto market also developed off the radar. Now, several more crypto enthusiasts are probably travelling to Russia as guests – after all, the crypto hot spots Japan and South Korea are represented with their teams at the World Cup.
How convenient that there are also possibilities to pay tickets for games with crypto currencies. Although the tickets are not available at the official sales outlets with Bitcoin, Ether and Co., they can be purchased through third-party providers such as the Wirex and Epayments platforms. Wirex issues Visa Debitcards, which allow Bitcoin payments as well as Euro and US dollar payments. Epayments also offers cards that can be filled with Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash.
Accommodation and meals in Russia – Bitcoin or Ether are gladly taken
If your team’s match takes place in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea, fans can also pay their hotel bills with crypto currencies. The hotel group Malina Apartments cooperates with the Russian Crypto-Startup Free-Kassa. Payment in 14 different crypto currencies is possible via the FKWallet.
If you also want to get to know the Russian pub culture without rolling the ruble, you also have an option. In Moscow, St. Petersburg and many other large cities are the Killfish Bars, in which one can pay his beer in Bitcoin. The chain has been offering payments in crypto currencies since 2013 and is thus one of the pioneers of crypto adaptation in Russia.
The World Cup also takes place on the Blockchain
After all, the World Cup also runs on the Blockchain – in the form of a betting game. CryptoCup is a prediction game based on the Ethereum blockchain. Here, crypto and football enthusiasts can make predictions about the games. The players create their own crypto collectables. Individual ERC-721 tokens are used for this – the same standard on which CryptoKitties are based. If the forecasts are stored in the tokens and the tournament begins, the tokens can be traded with each other.
So crypto currencies play their own role in the history of this World Cup. It is not only crypto fans who are curious to see whether crypto currencies can continue to assert themselves as a means of payment during the World Cup.
Tobias SchmidtTobias Schmidt has been an editor in the BTC-ECHO team since August 2017. His area of expertise in the crypto area is the many different applications in politics, economy and society.