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Litecoin has dominated the cryptocurrency market this week. The fifth largest cryptocurrency by market cap has surged upwards of 50 percent from Tuesday morning to the time of this writing, arguably bringing the rest of the market with it. Litecoin is currently trading at $233.81, after trading as low as $153.51 earlier this week.

Let There Be LitePay!

The cryptocurrency’s dramatic price increase has largely been driven by the announcement that LitePay — an instantaneous payment processor allowing vendors to instantly convert Litecoin transactions into fiat currency — will launch on February 28th.

We started because the people asked @Bitpay to accept LTC. They wouldn’t, so we took the challenge. Infrastructure for LTC February 26 #PayWithLitecoin #LitePay

— LitePay, Inc. (@LitePayInc) February 13, 2018

According to Palwasha Saaim, a research analyst at Lombardi Financial, LitePay is set to redefine the “currency” aspect of cryptocurrencies. Saaim explains:

Litecoin users will be able to convert Litecoins to dollars and vice versa through their Visa-compatible LitePay cards, which will be usable at all ATMs or businesses that support Visa payments.

LitePay’s potential is significant, to say the least. Cryptocurrencies have largely been hindered by limited use cases and minimal acceptance. The ability to use VISA-powered Litecoin debit cards to conduct transactions could indeed be a game changer for the cryptocurrency space — and investors are likely buying into that speculation.

The announcement of LitePay was also followed by an announcement from leading cryptocurrency marketplace Coinbase, which has launched a new service affording merchants the ability to accept Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Litecoin payments.

Cash Me Outside

The virtual currency has also received an extra boost thanks to a planned weekend forking of Litecoin into Litecoin Cash. Not entirely dissimilar to Bitcoin Cash’s forking from Bitcoin, Litecoin Cash claims to be better than its predecessor — though there’s little evidence to support such a claim.

The fork is scheduled to take place on Sunday and will award Litecoin holders free Litecoin Cash. For - click here to read the rest of this article