Polygon’s MATIC jumps 3% on Mastercard partnership

Polygon (MATIC/USD), a Layer-2 scaling solution on Ethereum, is showing little signs of stopping in 2023. After the busy year 2022, the network has again inked a partnership with payments giant Mastercard. In the latest cryptocurrency news, Polygon will help Mastercard launch a Web3-focused incubator for artists. Polygon’s native token reacted to the positive development, adding an intraday of 3%.

According to the announcement, Mastercard’s accelerator program will launch in Spring 2023. It is expected to equip emerging artists – musicians, producers, and DJs with the skills and tools in a digital economy. Artists can build their brands through Web3 and virtual worlds through the program.

The partnership earmarks Polygon as a go-to protocol for major brands, governments, and NGOs entering Web3. Polygon Studios CEO Ryan Wyatt says Web3 has the potential to help artists expand their fan base. This is through new mediums of connection and expression that will be possible through the Matercard accelerator program. Other brands courting Polygon for Web3 include Starbucks, Nike, Meta, and the social platform Reddit. The partnerships helped MATIC remain relatively stable compared to peers as the crypto winter ravaged 2022.

MATIC struggles above the $0.77 support

MATIC/USD Chart by TradingView

A technical outlook shows MATIC struggling to recover at the $0.77 support. The cryptocurrency has been consolidating at this support for three weeks. Although the MACD indicator shows momentum has improved, it is still bearish.

What is likely next for MATIC?

The price of MATIC is vulnerable as long as bulls remain weak at the $0.77 support. Although buyers have defended the support successfully for a while, the limited upside is a reason to exercise caution.

A potential break below $0.77 could heighten bear pressure. In the meantime, consolidation is more likely unless buyers get excited by the latest development and push MATIC higher.

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