Slovenia has announced that it will convert its biggest commercial business and shopping complex in the capital city of Ljubljana to accept Bitcoin as payment. This was made possible through the efforts of FinTech startup Eligma.
Eligma has created a point of sale system known as Elipay. The system will be used across the shopping complex, which is coincidentally named BTC City as the company who owned it was named BTC Company.
Miro Cerar, the prime minister of Slovenia, recently visited the complex and was bought a ‘crypto coffee’ by his State Secretary, Tadej Slapnick. The coffee was bought using the Elipay service. On the project, he stated:
“[It is] a business and shopping ecosystem based on the latest technological solutions including blockchain, AI, and cryptocurrencies.”
The city was founded in 1954 as a warehouse and logistics enterprise, and as more buildings were added by BTC Company, it was repurposed in 1990.
The repurpose resulted in its conversion to a shopping complex, which then grew to include Slovenia’s tallest building, a casino, a sports complex, a multiplex, and a hotel. It has over 500 buildings and describes itself as the most popular “European business, shopping and recreational/leisure and culture centre”.
The Elipay system is installed in the water park and stores such as Al Capone, Babadu, Big Bang, istyle, Martino, and Sneakers. The complex also boasts of Slovenia’s “biggest mining rig”.
“The purpose of his visit was to open the Beyond 4.0 international conference, dedicated to digital society and blockchain, as well as to get acquainted with BTC City’s strategy to become Bitcoin City.”
Reddit user btcinvesteringalex said:
“How did I not read about this by now. Great to hear!”
“the app would also be able to use bitcoin cash… …in the near future.”
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