Football/soccer is the most popular sport in the world, and the World Cup is arguably the biggest event for football fans all around the globe. The 2018 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to run from June 14 to July 15 and will be held in Russia.
The World Cup typically brings a lot of revenue to the country hosting it. This is also true for related businesses as well. As a result, several service providers are starting to include bitcoin, as well as other digital currencies, as payment methods in order to reach a new customer base and stay on top of technological innovations.
Whether you are planning on traveling to Russia in order to watch the games live, or whether you will be watching them from home or a sports bar, there are several ways you can get involved in the World Cup using bitcoin. In this article, you will discover four things you can do with bitcoin during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Buy Your Flight to Russia
If you are looking to travel to the host country in order to watch the games in person, you can pay for your flight using bitcoin. There are several companies that have started to accept bitcoin in order to pay for flights, and in some cases also accommodations, with bitcoin.
Budget travel agency CheapAir allows its’ users to search and find low priced flights. It rolled out a function that allows users to book their seats using bitcoin. If you would like to save some money on a cheap flight while paying with crypto, CheapAir is a good place to start.
In addition, well-known international travel agency Destinia also allows payments using bitcoin. The platform became a favorite for many bitcoin holders as it was one of the first travel agencies to accept bitcoin payments. Through the site, you can book flights to any of the Russian cities where games will be played.
Book a Hotel Room
A Russian hotel chain called Malina recently announced its decision to allow customers to pay the fees associated with their services in bitcoin, as well as other cryptocurrencies. The hotel chain has received substantial media coverage in the past two weeks for offering this service.
Citing increasing global interest in digital currencies as well as the desire to meet customer needs in an efficient way the manager of the Malina Apartments chain, Anna Subbotina, stated: “Cryptocurrencies are now enjoying increased interest. Gradually they will come into use as a means of payment. And we decided that the fans should be able to pay for our services with the help of this innovative technology. It may very well be that other hotels awaiting our example for the forthcoming football holiday. “
In order to facilitate the inclusion of cryptocurrencies as a payment method, the hotel chain is collaborating with the electronic payment service Free-Kassa. The payment service has been providing its users with a cryptocurrency wallet that supports leading digital currencies like bitcoin (BTC), litecoin (LTC), and ether (ETH). However, this is the payment processors’ first collaboration with a hotel.
Alluding to the announcement and the growing demand for crypto-payment facilitation, Vitaly Lavrov, the development director of Free-Kassa said: “For us, this is an interesting experience — we did not have to cooperate with hotels in such a format. But the hospitality industry is very sensitive to such trends.”
Bet on the Outcome of the Games
During large sporting events, it is common practice for people to bet on the outcomes of the games in order to make a profit. If you would like to bet to put your money where your mouth is as a fan or simply because you would like to make the World Cup a little more exciting for you, there are a number of online betting platforms that allow you to use cryptocurrencies in order to place a bet.
Before embarking on this, it is important to note that there are a significant number of platforms on the Internet that are masquerading as legitimate betting sites but are only out to fleece you of your digital currency holdings. With this in mind, it is best to conduct adequate research before using any bitcoin betting platform.
Due to the strong demand from the gambling community, established sport betting platforms have started to integrate cryptocurrency payments. Examples of sports betting platforms that accept fiat currency as well as bitcoin include Intertops and Bodog. However, if you would prefer one that accepts a wide range of digital currencies, an example would be 1xBit. On this platform, you can use bitcoin, litecoin, ether, as well as dogecoin, to place your bet.
Pay for Drinks at a Russian Bar Chain
Having a beer or an alcoholic beverage has become almost synonymous with watching a football game. If you would like to watch the games from a bar while having a beer or are simply looking to have a night out on the town, it is now possible to pay for your drinks with bitcoin at a Russian bar chain call Killfish.
Killfish is a discount chain with locations in a number of places around Russia that supports payments in bitcoin. The chain prides itself on low prices while adopting innovative measures to keep customers satisfied.
In order to find the Killfish bar that is closest to you, all you need to do is check their website. Moreover, the chain runs interesting promotions that may help you spend less money while still enjoying yourself. Furthermore, it is possible to get certain privileges if you bring a friend with you when you visit the bar, as part of their “bring your friend” program.
With a beer and a few shots of Vodka that will only cost you a few satoshis, you will likely have a good time at the World Cup in Russia regardless of whether your team wins or loses.