Web browser Opera has partnered with the Elrond blockchain, and will soon allow its users to directly access access a number of decentralized applications (dApps) on the network, the company said in a press release on 22 September.
According to the announcement, the scalable blockchain will soon be integrated into Opera’s web3-focused crypto browser, enabling its more than 300 million users to directly access the network’s dApps and services. Users will also be able to interact with the blockchain’s native EGLD token, its unique issuance standard — the Elrond Standard Digital Token (ESDT) — and the tokens created from it. Opera’s crypto ecosystem lead, Susie Batt, said in a statement:
“The seamless integration of Elrond further expands the wide array of crypto-centric services available to Opera Crypto Browser users. Such interoperability is increasingly important for any project aiming to embrace Web3, and we are excited to have another blockchain partner join us on our mission to accelerate the evolution of the internet.”
The Opera web browser has been exploring the crypto space since 2018, and back in January released a beta version of its “Crypto Browser Project” that was designed to improve user experience by offering direct access to web3 services. While it maintained the security features of the original Opera browser, the new crypto-focused version came with a built-in non-custodial crypto wallet. The browser also came with a built-in fiat-to-crypto on-ramp, crypto-to-crypto swap feature, and an NFT gallery.
The integration of the Elrond network — which is one of the first European carbon-negative blockchains — will make Opera’s crypto-focused browser an excellent web3 entry point for millions of users. The platform was developed with the goal of becoming a multi-chain browser, and currently supports multiple major blockchains such as Ethereum, Bitcoin, Solana, Polygon, BNB Chain, and more.