STEPN, the world’s leading Web3 move&earn application, has become the first ever blockchain gaming app to secure an integration with Apple Pay. This landmark integration enables users to use Apple Pay as a simple and safe method to buy STEPN products and upgrades in-app on the STEPN app. Users just add their bank card to their Apple Wallet, removing the need to use a crypto wallet to facilitate transactions.
STEPN, which was the first move&earn app to be hosted in the App Store, uses crypto-fueled rewards to encourage users to exercise, whereby users buy a non-fungible token (NFT) of a virtual sneaker, sync their phone, and receive rewards when they walk, jog or run. STEPN has fast become one of the most popular Web3 apps since inception in 2021, with a thriving community attracting two to three million active users each month.
With this move, users add their credit/debit card to Apple Wallet on their iPhone and greatly simplify the payment procedures, easing access to products and removing time-heavy barriers to entry such as connecting a crypto wallet. This brings with it enhanced safety protections, as users’ card details are not stored in any one app.
Yawn Rong, Co-Founder of Find Satoshi Lab (FSL), the Web3 development studio behind STEPN, says: “This integration opens us up to a whole new audience, making Web3 more accessible to the masses, and crucially, bridging Web2 and Web3 technology in a way that is thus far unseen. This is a truly momentous step in bridging these technologies, and one we are confident will be seen as a watershed moment in the onboarding of the next 100 million users of Web3 technology. We are confident that we have built the team to do this, as we’ve done it before, going from thousands of active daily users to millions. This is a proud moment for us, and we thank Apple for their support.”
Jerry Huang, Co-Founder of Find Satoshi Lab (FSL), adds: “STEPN was the first move&earn application to be hosted on the App Store. Just over one year later, we have launched some amazing products, onboarded millions of users, and grown an incredibly dedicated community; none of this would have been possible without them. With this Apple Pay integration we are making the user journey much more seamless, removing barriers to entry for all who want to move&earn, and ensuring that the Web3 space reaches a level of maturity it requires in order to go mainstream. We are incredibly excited to see the impact this integration will have on the wider Web3 ecosystem, and hope it is the first of many.”
This is the latest in a round of high-profile announcements for STEPN, which recently launched the New Horizon Initiative in its most recent effort to give back to the community. STEPN Genesis Sneakers holders, which are the most rare NFT sneakers within the app, received an airdrop totalling an estimated 80mn $GMT, which is the FSL ecosystem token. STEPN also recently partnered with Atlético Madrid to launch their very first co-branded sneakers with real world perks. In late 2022, STEPN teamed up with ASICS and Solana Pay on a new limited collection of physical sneakers to incredible success.