Zebedee, a Bitcoin gaming and payments app, has partnered with Bitnob, a crypto on and off-ramp platform, to reward African users with satoshis when they play games or listen to podcasts. This new feature is currently available to users from Nigeria, Kenya, and Rwanda, with plans to expand to other African countries. Once users accumulate enough satoshis, they can convert them to their respective local currencies. Besides earning bitcoins, Zebedee app users can also use it to settle cross-border obligations.
Zebedee’s blog post explained why it chose to expand its footprint in Africa and why the Bitcoin Lightning network is the ideal network for moving funds across borders. The company has already opened similar channels in Brazil and the Philippines, with the European Union, the United States, and the U.K. being other key regions where Zebedee has created such channels. Ben Cousens, Zebedee’s chief strategy officer, highlighted that fiat rails are too expensive for companies like Activision Blizzard or EA Games, which have millions of players in Africa. By using the Bitcoin Lightning Network, companies can avoid losing money from the loss of engagement and limited access to the U.S.
The partnership with Bitnob will allow Africans in countries supported by Bitnob to send money anywhere in the world, earn Bitcoin in tons of games and apps, and easily convert and spend in their local currency. Zebedee’s expansion to Africa is just the beginning, with plans to provide a complete network of entry and exit points to the global economy through the Bitcoin Lightning Network.