Followed by communication apps Telegram, Line and Kik, join the cryptocurrency space, and wished the messenger Viber. The parent company of the messenger, Rakuten Inc, plans to launch its own cryptocurrency on the basis of Viber.
Viber messenger was developed in Israel. In 2014 it was bought for $ 900 million to Japanese Internet giant Rakuten. Now the app has over a billion registered users around the world. Its parent company, previously announced its plans to launch Rakuten Coin, studying Russian law and expects to launch the token on the basis of Viber in Russia in 2019.
Rakuten plans to launch its cryptocurrency on the existing loyalty program was announced in February of this year.
«Our parent company is working to establish Rakuten Coin – cryptocurrency, which is supported by the entire ecosystem, Rakuten, — said the head of Viber, His Agawa, — Rakuten Coin will be used in Viber, in addition, the token will appear in the purse application. Very soon you will be able to send Rakuten Coin and exchange them for rubles, dollars and euros, as well as depending on the Russian law, to transfer them to Bank accounts».
The messenger fell in love with bitcoin and tokens
The application messaging has already become a part of the cryptocurrency ecosystem. In 2017, Kik Messenger, numbering 300 million registered users and enjoys great popularity among teenagers, attracted to create a token Kin approximately $ 100 million from more than 10,000 ICO from 117 countries. Earlier this year Telegram received 1.7 billion dollars from a small group of investors for the ICO to carry out which in the end was not needed.
Last week the most popular in Japan Line, with about 200 million registered users worldwide, announced the forthcoming launch its own cryptocurrency exchange Bitbox.