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MetaMask Reportedly Adding Native Bitcoin Support

The rollout could come as soon as next month.
William M. Peaster William M. Peaster May 22, 20241 min read
MetaMask Reportedly Adding Native Bitcoin Support

MetaMask, Ethereum’s reigning wallet giant, is exploring native Bitcoin support, CoinDesk reports – citing sources familiar with the matter.

What's the scoop?

  • CoinDesk's source said the Bitcoin integration could launch as early as June 2024. Another source said MetaMask was still working to finalize feature ideas.
  • “While we can't confirm any timeline for specific developments at this time, we're always working on innovations to serve our users better,” a MetaMask spokesperson told CoinDesk. “Stay tuned for further updates when we're ready to share more."

Bankless take:

Newer wallet challengers like Magic Eden Wallet and Phantom have made significant inroads lately by catering to increasingly multichain crypto users. In combination with MetaMask Snaps, MetaMask's native embrace of Bitcoin signals it’s far from ready to cede the multichain opportunity to its competitors. 

If MetaMask goes beyond BTC support and integrates additional Bitcoin token offerings like Ordinals and Runes, this could prove to be a significant catalyst to the Bitcoin ecosystem over time, as MetaMask currently boasts over 30 million monthly active users. It may also be the first of more native integrations, which could reposition MetaMask as a leading multichain wallet.

William M. Peaster

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William M. Peaster, Senior Writer, has been with Bankless since January 2021. Immersed in Ethereum since 2017, he writes the Metaversal newsletter on the onchain frontier, covering everything from AI projects to crypto games, as the team’s lead NFT analyst. With a background in creative writing, he writes fiction and publishes art on Ethereum in his free time. He lives in Washington.

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