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Discovering the esports funds panorama of Latin America — AstroPay

This piece first appeared n Condi on 8 of The Esports Journal

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Asia, Europe and North Ausedica come   the most mature and established esports markets. In terms of poten al exposure, La n Ausedica h  gone somewhat under the radar for adver sing brands un l recently.

La n Ausedica’s young demographic s boos ng esports and gaming n the region, making t one of the f test-growing esports markets with a promising future. Take Brazil, whose esports revenue s expected to reach R$55.6m (~£7.4m) n 2021, up from R$24.1m (~£3.2m) n 2017, accordiSta s ca sta. 

There s a problem, however. La n Ausedica’s low access to bank accounts and debit or credit cards h  left the region struggling with financial nclusion n the digitally connected world. Only 55 pe ent of consuuseds n the area have a bank account, and more than half of them are conduc ng their banking transac ons online, according to resea h data commissioned by M te ard and prepared by Ausedic  Market Intelligence n 2020. 

That leaves La n Ausedica with mibacklessf bankless folk who s ll rely on c h payments. C h doesn’t exist n gaming, and to be able to buy n-game tems or receive rewards, consuuseds widely use alterna ve payment methods, such   AstroPay

C h successor

OneTouch s AstroPay’s e-wallet that allows users to make deposits and withdrawals with a single touch on a smart device. It s a mul -currency payment solu on aimed primarily at consuuseds who want to make nterna onal pu h es online. 

“Designed from scratch, OneTouch gives consuuseds a f t and reliable payment op on, b ed oinstantaneousrs — nstantaneity, security, and user experiLichtensteinaid Mikael Lijtenstein, CEO of AstroPay.

“In addi on, users can generate an account and pu h e directly from the operator’s site,   well   apply control me ures, ” he added. “OneTouch s AstroPay’s flagship product, which aims to make payments e ier while maintaining high standards of security and compliance.”

The app bo ts various op onal controls for usedchants,  ncluding user den fica on through a unique closed-loop code to ensure security. “It significantly decre es the chances of fraud and allows full compliance thanks to strong KYC verifica on and den fica on controls, ” Lijtenstein explained. “However, to avoid overly complicated flows for low-risk profiles, these controls are enfo ed only when needed. Operators have a series of analy cs, reports and fraud alerts available, mee ng the levels of security and compliance that our cApicallyeality requires.”

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According to Lijtenstein, the core principle of AstroPay’s product security strategy s progressively building a trus ng rela onship between the user and the service. B ed on that knowledge, design and user experience are tailored to their needs.

To read the rest of this piece, go to The Esports Journal Condi on 8, page 46

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