Skrill (formerly Moneybookers) is a digital wallet provider established in 2001 which offers a range of online payment and money transfer services.[3]

Skrill Limited
TypePrivate
IndustryOnline payments
Founded27 July 2001; 19 years ago (2001-07-27)
Headquarters25 Canada Square, London, United Kingdom
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Lorenzo Pellegrino (CEO)
ProductsPayment gateway
Digital wallet
Prepaid card
PSP
RevenueIncrease $331 million (2014)[1]
Number of employees
500+ (2018)[2]
ParentPaysafe Group
Websiteskrill.com

Since launch, Skrill has expanded to operate in more than 120 countries with the digital wallet offered in 40 different currencies.[4][5] Customers can upload money to their Skrill wallet using various payment options, including by card, bank transfer and a number of alternative payment methods. The funds can then be used to pay merchants, other Skrill users, or transferred into cryptocurrency.

Skrill also offers cross-border payments via its remittance service, Skrill Money Transfer.[6] The service enables customers to send money to a bank account overseas using their bank card. In 2015, Skrill was acquired by the Paysafe Group [7][8] along with former competitor Neteller and prepaid payment provider paysafecard.

Skrill holds a number of licenses enabling it to offer its services in Europe and globally. Skrill is operated by Paysafe Payment Solutions Limited, a company incorporated in Ireland and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland,[9] for its European regulated activities. Skrill’s activities outside of the European Economic Area are operated by Skrill Limited – a company incorporated in the United Kingdom and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.


HistoryEdit

Early history (2001 to 2015)Edit

Skrill was originally founded in 2001 in the United Kingdom as Moneybookers, a digital wallet provider.[10] By 2007 it had become established as one of the top three e-payment solution providers in Europe.[11] when it was purchased by Investcorp in March of that year[12] In September 2011, Moneybookers announced that they would rebrand their service as Skrill, completing the rebrand in 2013.[13] As Skrill, they completed the acquisition of Austrian-based prepaid payment method paysafecard in February 2013,[14] before being acquired by CVC Capital Partners for €600 million in August 2013.[15]

Paysafe subsidiary (2015 onwards)Edit

In 2015, Skrill was acquired by Optimal Payments, the parent company of rival digital wallet Neteller, for €1.1 billon.[16] During this period, Skrill Group announced in April 2015 that it had completed acquisition of Ukash, a UK-based competitor of paysafecard, which was merged during the same year.[17] In November 2015, Optimal Payments rebranded as Paysafe.[18]

In 2018, Skrill began to expand the portfolio of services offered to its users, launching an international money transfer service in February 2018,[19] and a crypto service in July 2018 allowing users to buy and trade cryptocurrencies.[20] This was followed by the launch of Skrill’s customer loyalty programme, KNECT, in November 2019[21] and the expansion of the international money transfer service to US customers in June 2020.[22]

Sponsorship and relationshipsEdit

In 2011, Skrill first sponsored the PokerStars owned European Poker Tour for its eighth season, sponsoring the event again in 2013 for its tenth season.[23]

In July 2013, English football’s National League signed a one-year sponsorship deal with Skrill[24] with the Conference’s divisions being known as The Skrill Premier, The Skrill North and The Skrill South.

In May 2020, Skrill announced a four-year AC Milan sponsorship deal.[25]

ServiceEdit

Skrill is a digital multicurrency wallet provider for handling online payments, making transfers and storing money. It is available to any internet user over the age of 18 with a registered email address.

Supporting over 40 currencies, the service is used to make payments and withdrawals across trading, e-commerce and online gaming platforms.[26] Skrill customers can also use their account to transfer funds from their personal bank account to a bank account overseas, send money using only an email address or phone number, and buy and sell cryptocurrency.

Customers in certain locations can obtain a Skrill Card linked to their account. The card lets customers use their account balance to pay in stores or online where Skrill is not listed as a payment option. The Skrill Card can also be used to withdraw cash at ATMs.

Customers who meet certain spending thresholds are offered Skrill VIP membership[27] which includes lower fees, higher transaction limits and dedicated support, among others. Skrill offers a loyalty programme called Knect,[28] enabling customers to earn loyalty points that can be exchanged for cash vouchers.

WikiLeaks blockageEdit

In August 2010, Skrill blocked the account operated by WikiLeaks as a donation collection account, citing the organisation's addition to Australian blacklists and American watchlists.[29]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Proposed acquisition by Optimal Payments of Skrill to create a leading global player in online payment and digital wallets services" (PDF). Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  2. ^ "About Us". Paysafe. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Skrill Holdings Limited: Private Company Information". Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  4. ^ "E-Wallet Comparison: Skrill serviced countries list". Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Sending money with Skrill made easier than ever with new send to phone number feature". Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Skrill Money Transfer Review: Is it safe? How does it work? What are the rates?". Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Board of Directors". Paysafe. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Skrill taps football legend to publicise its prepaid Mastercard Skrill prepaid". Cards International. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Skrill Account Terms of Use". Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  10. ^ "Company information for SKRILL LIMITED (04260907) incorporated 27-07-2001". Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Investcorp and the Moneybookers Bid". hbr.org. 2 February 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  12. ^ "Investcorp Technology Partners Undertakes Buyout of Moneybookers Limited for EUR105 Million" (Press release). 28 March 2007. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Moneybookers to rebrand as Skrill - hopes to become a verb". 6 November 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  14. ^ Moss, Karen (11 February 2013). "Skrill acquires paysafecard.com". retail-systems.com. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  15. ^ Williams, Christopher (19 August 2013). "CVC buys PayPal rival Skrill for £500m". The Telegraph. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Neteller Acquires Skrill". 25 March 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Skrill Group completes Ukash acquisition" (Press release). Finextra. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Optimal Payments Becomes Paysafe in Game-Changing Global Rebrand". 11 November 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  19. ^ "Paysafe – Money transfers made easy with Skrill Send Direct". 2 May 2018. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  20. ^ "Skrill opens crypto wallet". 25 July 2018. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  21. ^ "Skrill launches customer reward programme: Skrill Knect". 22 November 2019. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  22. ^ "Paysafe launches Skrill money transfer in US". 8 June 2020. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  23. ^ "Skrill returns as Official Payment Provider Sponsor of European Poker Tour for Season 10". 3 July 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  24. ^ "Skrill is the new title sponsor for the Football Conference Leagues". 26 July 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  25. ^ "AC MILAN ANNOUNCES SKRILL AS ITS OFFICIAL GLOBAL PAYMENTS PARTNER". 12 May 2020. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  26. ^ "Pay online". Skrill. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  27. ^ "VIP Rewards Programme". Skrill. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  28. ^ "Knect® - The Skrill Loyalty Program". Skrill. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  29. ^ Leigh, David; Evans, Rob (14 October 2010). "WikiLeaks says funding has been blocked after government blacklisting". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 March 2015.

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