Optimal Payments announced that it has obtained principal membership status for merchant acquiring from MasterCard® Europe and Visa® Europe. The new merchant acquiring agreements are consistent with Optimal Payments’ strategy to strengthen and differentiate its products and follow the December 2012 announcement that principal membership had been obtained from MasterCard for card issuance. The agreements with MasterCard Europe and Visa Europe will allow Optimal Payments to directly acquire merchant accounts without the need for an acquiring bank