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WadzPay’s Payments in the Metaverse Makes a Splash at SIBOS 2022

WadzPay was at the centre of a groundbreaking topic at SIBOS 2022, payments in the metaverse, which addressed the need for banks to be metaverse ready.

WadzPay presented at SIBOS 2022 Payment in the Metaverse: A Huge Opportunity for Banks session delivered by Parv Aggarwal, Associate Vice President – Partnerships. It was a popular session held at SIBOS 2022, on 10 – 13 October in Amsterdam and was in line with SIBOS’s 2022 theme, “Progressive Finance for a Changing World,” attended by leaders from Central Banks, Commercial Banks, Layer 1 DLT providers, and top-tier FinTech startups globally.

This was the first time that WadzPay, an interoperable and agnostic blockchain-based payments ecosystem with a presence in Asia, Middle East, Africa and the USA, participated at SIBOS, showcasing its payments solutions range from Acceptance, Issuance, Remittance, NFT, CBDCs, and more.

According to Brainy Insights, the Metaverse Market is set to surpass US$ 993.86 Billion by 2030. Additionally, NewZoo market researchers found more than 500 companies across the globe in 2022 were working on the metaverse, up from 200 in 2021.

In August 2022, Decentraland launched its first ATM on its metaverse platform. Banks such as JP Morgan, digital bank Quontic, BNP Paribas, KB Kookmin Bank in South Korea, HSBC, DBS bank and even Middle East, including UAE’s Commercial International Bank and Kuwait’s Warba bank and others have all made a debut in the metaverse.

“Banks, payment providers, and businesses are being challenged in the metaverse due to a lack of seamless and frictionless on and off ramping solutions, prohibiting adoption. We at WadzPay are solving this problem by developing and integrating an in-house proprietary system that converts fiat to digital currencies and vice versa, aggregating the maximum number of payment channels and methods.” Parv Aggarwal stated during the presentation. 

Banks can transition smoothly to metaverse payments using WadzPay’s token-agnostic blockchain and digital assets payments platform. The platform allows anyone to use any token to pay for any physical and virtual good or service.

“Users won’t need to search for different platforms to manage their digital assets, and businesses will be able to offer the highest service in the metaverse without needing to invest in additional technology. Banks need innovations that are quick to deploy. It’s not about replacing the current infrastructure, which costs a serious amount of investment, but how to amplify what’s already working right for the fiat system and extend the same efficiency to digital currencies. This is why we enable digital currency transactions at incremental cost, cutting development time to 3-6 months and making it easy to implement.” Aggarwal added.

WadzPay interoperability allows different blockchain protocols to communicate actively with each other making the utilization of various blockchain networks in the metaverse easier. 

Khaled Moharem, President of Middle East, also joined in discussing Digital Networks & DeFi. He addressed one of the biggest challenges interoperability, whether with cryptocurrencies or CBDCs. The topic is significant given that banks will need to embrace DeFi.


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