Although cryptocurrency payments still only account for a tiny fraction of revenue on adult entertainment sites, a new integration on the Pornhub platform is looking to finally deliver against expectations that have been running high for years.
PumaPay’s new crypto payment solution went live on Pornhub this week — more than 18 months after the partnership was first announced. After an extensive development process, the company believes its more user friendly solution will overcome the barriers to adoption that has seen PornHub’s existing crypto options, including Verge and Tether, barely used.
Pornographic websites and cryptocurrency seemed to be natural bedfellows: the latter promised discreet payment solutions for a web service that continues to attract massive audiences, while adult entertainment websites are often categorized as “high-risk” merchants, and subjected to higher fees by processors. In some cases, they are de-platformed completely.
Despite the failures of traditional payment methods, crypto payments have never really caught on in the sex industry — as Andrew Fenton explains in a detailed feature in Cointelegraph Magazine today.
Two years after Verge was first offered as an option on the site in a blaze of publicity and Pornhub has revealed that still only around one percent payments are captured via crypto. PumaPay’s PullProtocol — which enables recurring subscriptions for the premium on-demand service — aims to change the paradigm.
“Pornhub’s 100 million daily visitors want choice and security when it comes to payments. With an uptick in crypto adoption, adding PumaPay to the list of crypto currencies Pornhub accepts allows us to better cater to the millions of crypto holders around the world.” said Pornhub VP, Corey Price.
Push Payments vs. Pull Payments
PumaPay CEO Yoav Dror told Cointelegraph that:
“The PullPay Protocol is unique in that it inverts the mechanics of a typical blockchain transaction: Instead of the customer ‘pushing’ the funds to the merchant, PumaPay’s Protocol allows the merchant to ‘pull’ the funds from the customers wallet, based on pre-approved terms.”
He claims this enables billing models that are more suitable for industries such as the adult entertainment sector — including recurring payments, account top-ups, and even pay-per-time.
“In addition, by inverting the transaction and having the merchant as the initiator of the transaction, the fees for processing the transaction (gas fees) are paid by the merchant and not by the user. If you think about it, this is how credit cards work: merchants are paying for processing the transaction and customers don’t have to worry about it.”
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Payments are made to merchants via the PumaPay (PMA) cryptocurrency token, which is traded on a number of exchanges including HitBTC, Coinbene, Bittrex, and OKEx. Holders of other supported tokens (such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Dash, and ERC20 tokens) are able to exchange them for PMA in the mobile wallet, and then pay using the PMA token. The wallet is also accessible via a Chrome Extension.
Dror hopes that non-crypto users will also be able to pass Know Your Customer verification in the app and buy cryptocurrency with a credit card before the end of next quarter. The company is also working on a solution to include U.S. and Japanese customers, who are currently unable to use the payment mechanism.
He continued by noting that “Pornhub Premium is the latest early adopter to finalize its integration with the PumaPay PullPayment Protocol. Our recurring billing models are now live and implemented by a network of the world’s leading adult premium websites, including YouPorn, Redtube, Brazzers, Mofos, Babes, Twistys, Digital Playground, Reality Kings, Men and more.”