Lego, Epic to build kid-friendly metaverse
Today, in the connected economy, Lego is teaming up with the creator of Fortnite to create a family-friendly metaverse, while Apple and Dutch payments company Adyen are working to bring Tap to Pay to US iPhones. Additionally, Mastercard is opening a new technology hub in Ireland, and American Express and i2c are launching a payment platform for FinTechs.
Lego, Epic Games Building Metaverse for kids
Lego is working with Fortnite maker Epic Games to launch a kid-friendly Metaverse. The companies called the effort “an immersive, inspiring and engaging digital experience for kids of all ages to enjoy together.” They said “the digital family experience will give kids access to tools to help them become confident creators,” but provided few details.
Adyen adds Tap to Pay to iPhones by the end of 2022
Dutch payments group Adyen is working with Apple to bring Tap to Pay to iPhones for customers in the US later this year. Tap to Pay on iPhone allows businesses to accept contactless payments through iPhone XS or later and a supporting app, including payments through Apple Pay, contactless credit or debit cards, or other digital wallets .
Mastercard opens European tech hub in Dublin
Mastercard has opened “One South County”, its European technology hub in Dublin, which allows the company to accommodate more than 2,000 workers by 2025. Mastercard said it expects the hub to attract technologies to shape the future of commerce. The hub will likely bring together experts in areas such as payment security, application programming interfaces (APIs) and emerging technologies. In addition, the hub will function as the headquarters of “The Foundry”, the research and development division of Mastercard.
Amex and i2c launch a payment platform for FinTechs
American Express has launched an expanded multi-product agreement with digital payments and banking company i2c to create payment solutions for Amex network customers. The companies’ combined platform will allow FinTechs to access Amex offers, the Resy catering program, ticket presales, and fraud protection and mitigation offers. Additionally, FinTechs will have access to pre-certified partners, such as BIN-issuing bank sponsors, making it easier for them to bring their offerings to market.
Zilch, Experian partner on customer accessibility
UK-based Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) Zilch works with Experian, a global information services company, to share BNPL credit data reports. The partnership with Experian continues Zilch’s efforts to ensure the financial health of its customers. Zilch said using credit data, open banking information and its proprietary behavioral statistics will provide a complete view of a customer’s creditworthiness. This collaboration allows Zilch to connect to Experian’s comprehensive database to determine how much its 2 million customers can afford.