BitPay, one of the most prominent blockchain payments providers across the world, is all set to add support for Ripple\u2019s XRP before the year marks an end. The company shared the update on October 2, 2019, through an official press release.\r\n\r\nProviding more details, BitPay stated that they have collaborated with the developer initiative of Ripple, Xpring, to facilitate XRP integration into their platform. The move would let merchants and businesses accept XRP through BitPay\u2019s platform for merchant processing and international payments in a secure, safe, and compliant manner.\r\n\r\nWhat\u2019s interesting is, the existing customers of BitPay are not required to implement any enhancement or integration for adding XRP as it will be made available directly. Additionally, BitPay\u2019s prepaid cardholders and wallet users will be capable of storing, as well as spending, XRP through its businesses and merchants seamlessly.\r\n\r\nTalking about the surprise development, BitPay\u2019s Director of Product, Sean Rolland, said that XRP could offer a cost-effective, scalable, and fast payment option.\r\n\r\nThe announcement also revealed that the BitPay wallet would integrate with the recently unveiled developer platform of Xpring. It will let the developers integrate money into the business in a simpler way.\r\n\r\nSVP of Xpring, Ethan Beard, also come forward to express his excitement on the new partnership, facilitating XRP payments for everyday bills and purchases. He was quoted as saying,\r\n\u201cThis is key in advancing the proliferation and adoption of XRP as a medium of exchange to help solve real-world problems.\u201d\r\nPrior to adding XRP support, BitPay added ETH (Ethereum) support in the previous month. Apart from that, it also supports BCH (Bitcoin Cash) and BTC (Bitcoin) payments, as well as stablecoin settlements in PAX (Paxos Standard Token), GUSD (Gemini Dollar), and USDC (Circle and Coinbase-led USD Coin).\r\n\r\nMeanwhile, Ripple was in the news earlier in the week for acqui-hiring Iceland\u2019s cryptocurrency firm Algrim. The new team will concentrate on developing the company\u2019s On-Demand Liquidity (ODL) product that utilizes XRP for cross-border payments processing and settlements.