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Microsoft Adds Alternative Payment Option to Online and Xbox Stores

Specialised payments platform Paysafe has further strengthened its relationship with Microsoft. paysafecard is a new alternative payment option on Microsoft.com and Xbox.com in the United States and eight additional European countries.

The ongoing collaboration between the two companies now spans 31 countries. This latest development means that millions of customers in the US and Europe can make cash-based purchases on Microsoft.com and Xbox.com. This includes those who don’t have access to traditional online payment solutions or prefer not to share information online. In 22 European countries, this service is also available on the Xbox game console.

The prepaid payment solution paysafecard, available in 50 countries through a distribution network of 700,000 retail stores, enables consumers to use cash to pay for services online. Using a 16-digit code, users are able to complete payment transactions simply and reliably. Bank account or credit card details are not required.

Expanding cooperation

The expanded cooperation between Paysafe and Microsoft is the newest extension of a collaboration between the two companies which first saw paysafecard offered as a payment method on Microsoft.com and Xbox.com in December 2020 and includes a multi-year, global deal for Microsoft to support Paysafe’s cloud-based transaction services using Microsoft Azure.

Commenting on the strengthened partnership, Chirag Patel, president of Paysafe’s digital wallets division, said:

“The ability to partner with Microsoft and offer paysafecard in an additional nine countries provides an important alternative payment method for millions of customers. It’s an inclusive payment solution for gamers, allowing them to easily access the digital world of entertainment while managing their budgets. Collaborations with strong partners such as Microsoft have an enormous reach and are an important part of our growth story.”

Speaking exclusively to The Fintech Times. Patel added: “Despite many consumers adopting cashless payment methods, they still see cash as an important part of the payments landscape.

“Our research shows that 30 per cent of consumers internationally would prefer or make more online transactions if they could pay with cash and we believe that when it comes to payments, choice is critical.

“With paysafecard, we give cash-reliant consumers the choice to access digital payment systems, and we offer gamers a cash-based payment method for their online gaming purchases – a choice that gives them greater control over their finances. Furthermore, with many people becoming increasingly concerned over how their data is collected and shared by corporations, cash payments provide a sense of control and a way to limit their data trail.”

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  • Francis is a journalist and our lead LatAm correspondent, with a BA in Classical Civilization, he has a specialist interest in North and South America.

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