EDIT : Based on feedback from the Nightly build
Thanks for testing the new Brave Rewards wallet introduced in Brave for Desktop version 0.69, now in our beta channel. To recap:
You do not need to use Uphold at all to continue to use Brave and Brave Rewards. There’s no change here, but it is worth reiterating. You can continue to earn and use your ad earnings, and collect grants when they are offered to your Brave Rewards wallet.
Verified wallet capabilities
In Brave 0.69, you cannot send BAT you own to your Brave Rewards wallet anonymously in accordance to compliance laws established to prevent bad actors listed in OFAC sanction lists.
However, you can send a limited amount of BAT to your Brave Rewards wallet by registering with Uphold without fully verifying with your government ID, a process often referred to as “KYC” or Know Your Customer. Uphold will allow you up to $1000 worth of BAT contributions via Brave Rewards. Beyond that, you will need to fully verify with Uphold.
“KYC” or full verification with Uphold is also required for two other cases:
- If you added BAT to your pre-existing Brave Rewards wallet, and want to withdraw, exchange, or otherwise take control of your previously added BAT, rather than contribute them to content creators
- If you want to withdraw, exchange, or otherwise take control of your ad earnings
Content creators who have a verified account with Brave Rewards | Creators will continue to be shown as verified, as they did in 0.68 and prior releases. In early 0.69 builds we had a bug where creators were shown as verified only if they’d fully verified (KYC’d) with Uphold. This is being fixed now.
Note: Creators who have verified with Brave, but not with Uphold, cannot be tipped immediately if you’ve verified your browser wallet with Uphold. In this case, your tips will be held in your browser for up to 90 days, awaiting full Uphold verification on the part of the creator.
Fixes coming soon
We are updating the text and visuals in the browser wallet verification process to make it abundantly clear that wallet verification is optional.
We are also about to update the browser to show Brave-verified creators as they are shown in the current-release Brave browser, even if they have not fully verified with Uphold.
Finally, we are working with Uphold to streamline how Uphold cards relate to Brave Rewards wallets. Currently, each Brave browser that’s verified creates a new “Brave browser” card on Uphold; the upcoming fix will result in one Uphold BAT card that represents BAT across all Brave browsers that have been verified using a particular Uphold account.
Thank you to all early adopters!
The Brave Rewards team