What happened in the Staking Space from 1st October to 9th October?

      It has been an exciting week full of news and updates in the Staking Space. So we are glad to present to you the second fully loaded Staking Rewards Report. Here we will provide a weekly update on all things Staking. A general overview of the market, highlighted research in the space, news on all launched staking networks, updates on upcoming Staking networks, the latest developments from Staking infrastructure providers, and a handful of Staking-Related events. The news is being curated by Mirko Schmiedl, Co-Founder at Staking Rewards, and Rina Spasenkova, Marketing Lead at Citadel.One.

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      Staking Rewards Report TL/DR

      • Aave launched Migration & Staking Module
      • Tendermint redelegated 19m ATOM
      • IDEX 2.0 Release on 20th Oct
      • Persistence StakeDrop with 1m $XPRT 
      • Mantra DAO Staking Platform goes live

      …And many more!

      Staking Market Overview

      Total Value Participating in Staking (7d change)

      $12,925,264,417 (-3.92%)

      Top 7 Coins by Value participating in Staking (7d change):

      • Polkadot: $2,395,362,204 (+3.99%)
      • Cardano: $1,653,953,742 (+6.49%)
      • EOS: 1,506,720,352 (+6.01%)
      • Tezos: $1,429,607,610  (+2.47%)
      • Algorand: $1,064,408,228 (+2.62%)
      • Cosmos: $906,727,090 (+19.53%)
      • Tron: $514,592,794 (+57.22%)
      • Band Protocol: $450,236,941(+1.44%)

      Staking Research

      Ten Theses On Decentralized Network Governance by Mario Laul

      Based on the research made by Mario Laul over the past couple of years, he accumulated a list of ten theses on decentralized network governance, including base layer public blockchain networks and applications (smart contracts) running on top of them. The ten ideas are listed from the more general and theoretical to the more specific and practical. 

      Our Network: Issue #41 – Coverage on Cosmos and Tezos

      Like account growth, the unprecedented delegator growth on Tezos has slowed. High growth at low volume over the past year means a majority of new delegators are small investors who try Tezos delegation for the first time. Delegator loyalty is unbroken and churn rates are starting to decline again. Out of a total of the 74k delegators, 71k delegate to active bakers, about 3k to inactive bakers. 

      Also, read State of the Tezos Network – Sep 2020 Edition by Alexander Eichorn.

      Binance became the #1 validator on Cosmos Hub with 7.27% of voting power. Community members are noticing a consolidation of voting power among centralized crypto exchanges and top validators. The Bonded rate of ATOM’s rose from 63.8% to 63.9%, while inflation rate remained at 7%. As of Oct. 1st, 2.4M ATOM’s are delegated and daily transactions are around 4k+. 

      Non-Custodial Staking — What’s The Difference? by Lunie

      The growth of the staking economy has created a lot of competition for consumer attention. There are numerous custodial and non-custodial staking products available. Authors dive into the pros and cons of both approaches to key management.

      Token Burning Explained by Stakin team

      It can be difficult to understand what exactly is the reason behind burning tokens and what the benefits for a blockchain network are. In this article, all you need to know about token burning is explained.

      Live Networks Updates

      Matic Validator Onboarding Phase 2 is Complete

      The first two steps (Phase 1 and Phase 2) have now been successfully completed and Matic is entering into the third and final phase of the staking rollout. The team plans to increase the public validator slots to 100 soon. With the conclusion of the coming Phase 3, the network will reach true decentralization and the governance will be handed over to the community via an on-chain governance mechanism.

      Tendermint re-delegated ~19M ATOMs to new Cosmos Hub Validators

      As part of the fundraiser agreement, Tendermint received 10% of the ATOMs launched at genesis for building the initial infrastructure of the Cosmos Network and for delivering on the feature set outlined in the Cosmos whitepaper. 3 years later after the launch, as of Oct 2020, Tendermint has roughly 22M ATOMs in its treasury, 85% of which are earmarked for redelegation to the list of Cosmos validators (see the full list via the link above).

      Terra Mainnet Columbus-4 has launched

      The new smart contract feature is a great step forward for increasing interchain cooperation with Anchor, benefitting LUNA holders. Here are the instructions for node operators, detailed instructions and the major updates.

      Learn more about Terra on Staking Rewards.

      Aave Migration and Staking 101

      The voting period for the first Aave Improvement Proposal (AIP1) has ended, with overwhelming votes in favour of the token migration from LEND to AAVE, which is the new governance token of the Aave Protocol. Thus, migrating from LEND to AAVE allows users to participate in protocol governance and stake within the Safety Module (SM).

      More Elrond Staking is Coming

      Elrond team is preparing for the transition from the bootstrapping period to a sustainable growth model. The transition will be done in 4 phases. Phase 1 will go live on Wednesday, 14 October, at 14:00 UTC. It entails the deployment of an updated delegation smart contract that will create a new incentivized queue for eGold delegation. The current Delegator and Validator rewards will remain unchanged during Phase 1  and 2. 

      Learn more about Elrond on Staking Rewards.

      The Starname and the IOV token

      Starname Manager with Ledger integration was released for beta tester. The manager is a tool that comes to simplify the purchase and management of starnames. You can authenticate your connection with Ledger or, as view-only mode, check your balance, buy starnames with IOV tokens and see your transactions in a clean and easy to navigate interface.

      Learn more about Starname IOV on Staking Rewards.

      Vitwit’s State of Akash Network

      After a smooth Mainnet Launch, Akash Network shared the list of  key stats. Below are some of them:

      1. Active Validators: 64
      2. Total Accounts: 251
      3. Bonded Tokens: 86.40M AKT (85.23%)
      4. Total Block Rewards: 1.37M AKT
      5. Inflation Rate: 51.96%
      6. Total Transactions: 51,054

      Additionally, Akash Network have announced their BitMax IEO which is scheduled to start on Oct 14th. Q4 of 2020 will bring Akash DeCloud live with upgrade to Mainnet 2 along with Akashian Phase-3 challenge (Akash’s incentivized testnet) scheduled to occur before Mainnet 2.

      Learn more about Akash Network on Staking Rewards.

      Solana Inflation Design Overview

      In this post, the team summarizes the status of the current inflation design, stage of implementation and areas of ongoing research. The Solana Foundation is proposing a dis-inflationary Inflation Schedule. I.e. Inflation starts at its highest value, the rate reduces over time until stabilizing at a predetermined long-term inflation rate. Learn more via the link above.

      IDEX 2.0 is launching on October 20th

      IDEX 2.0 consists broadly of four different components:

      • High-performance trading engine
      • Brand new UI/client 
      • Upgraded API
      • Scalable non-custodial settlement  

      Read more on IDEX 1.0 vs 2.0

      See IDEX on Staking Rewards.

      To-Be-Launched Networks’ Updates

      Prospective Node Operators Stake $125M in ETH to Participate in NuCypher Encryption Network

      Encryption startup NuCypher has finished distributing its network’s native token, NU, to over 2,000 prospective node operators who staked more than $125 million worth of ETH during the month of September. NuCypher’s system will hit Ethereum’s mainnet on Oct. 15.

      KIRA Network Token Metrics

      After finalization of the public round, a total of 12,483,333 KEX tokens with an initial market cap of $936,250 (based on public round price of $0,075) will be fully liquid on the market. Until the mainnet launch, every one month 4M KEX of Reserve tokens and 1M KEX of Community tokens will be unlocked from the contract to support and incentivise liquidity. 

      Desmos October Upgrade

      October update will start the new morpheus-10000 chain having all the features that were planned to be introduced with the September Upgrade that failed. All the data, including the genesis file and the Desmos version to be used, have already been published inside the testnets repository.

      Introducing Persistence StakeDrop: 1M $XPRT tokens up for grabs

      As they prepare to launch the public token sale, they give the PoS network communities a chance to secure some XPRT in advance, simply for supporting other PoS networks via staking. They will be distributing 1% of the total XPRT supply (1M XPRT) to StakeDrop participants. Everyone staking on the following networks during the campaign will be eligible to participate: Cosmos, Polkadot, Matic, tezos, Terra, KAVA, Iris Network. StakeDrop is designed to facilitate the wide distribution of XPRT to those actively contributing to PoS networks within the wider blockchain ecosystem.

      The Internet Computer’s Sodium Release Brings It Closer to Completion

      The Internet Computer is a public software development platform that reimagines the very nature of software and IT, making it possible to build the websites, enterprise systems, internet services, DeFi, and dapps of tomorrow. Sodium is the last milestone before the public Internet Computer network comes into being. The Sodium launch event unveiled the open algorithmic governance system that will manage the revolutionary blockchain computer.

      Staking Providers Update

      StakerDAO September 2020 Retrospective

      The team has many projects in the oven — from BLND on Tezos and Algorand, to wALGO (wrapped Algorand) and wXTZ (wrapped Tezos), and last but not least, StakerBridge, that will bring it all together to the multichain era. Read more via the link above.

      Trading platform eToro launches staking-as-a-service feature

      The eToro trading platform announced the launch of a dedicated staking service for its clients, letting users earn staking rewards from Cardano and Tron.

      MANTRA DAO Staking Platform Goes Live

      The platform will provide the Sherpa community with an avenue to participate and earn daily passive rewards in the broader DeFi and PoS cross-chain space.

      Serum and the State of DeFi – Part 1

      Serum is the world’s first completely decentralized derivatives exchange with trustless cross-chain trading brought to you by Project Serum, in collaboration with a consortium of crypto trading and DeFi experts.

      Frontier x Bluzelle = Native $BLZ Staking on Mobile

      Users will be able to stake $BLZ, create, import, and export Bluzelle non-custodial wallets on Frontier.

      Also, they will be able to track $BLZ staking position by entering Bluzelle public address.

      Injective Partners with Ramp DeFi to Bring Cross-Chain Stake Farming and Liquidity Solutions to DEXes

      Injective Protocol will be the first derivatives DEX to host Ramp’s collateralized stablecoin (rUSD) while also bringing Ramp’s innovative stake farming solutions across a diverse array of blockchain networks.

      ?_? x Rocket Pool

      Fire Eyes DAO’s works around Rocket Pool Improvement Proposal 3 (RPIP-003) which introduces changes to the usage of the RPL token, native RPL inflation, and the introduction of community governance; all with the goal to incentivize protocol growth and protect against deficits.

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      About The Author

      Rina Spasenkova

      is the CMO, and blockchain analyst at Citadel.one. Being in crypto since the age of 17, she mainly focused on the topics related to PoS systems of passive yield, smart contracts, and social construction of cryptocurrency