CEO of the Telegram messenger Pavel Durov announced the launch of a new system for paying for digital goods and services with Telegram Stars tokens.

In the official announcement dedicated to the launch of the Telegram Stars mini-application, Durov said that Telegram users will be able to pay for digital goods and services in the social messenger ecosystem with the new Stars token.

He explained that the Stars token complies with the sales policies of Apple and Google digital products and can be purchased through the in-app purchase system in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store or using the PremiumBot bot.

“With Telegram Stars tokens, mini-apps can now accept payments for digital services using the easiest payment method possible—in-app purchases on Android and iOS,” Durov said.

He noted that Telegram will subsidize advertising and economically incentivize developers to create digital products on Telegram. At the same time, app developers will be able to exchange their Stars tokens for TON, The Open Network’s native token, through the Fragment exchange.

Earlier, the creator of the Telegram messenger announced that the platform would reward content creators with Toncoin tokens and allow the purchase of goods with cryptocurrency.