“Economics 2.0” introduces token staking to help secure the network and reward user participation.
“Staking is a key mechanism that aims to bring a new layer of cryptoeconomic security to Chainlink, where crypto rewards and penalties are applied to help further incentivize the network’s proper operation.”
On the release of the news, buy pressure triggered a 24% upswing in the price of LINK, to peak at $9.02. However, LINK was trading flat on June 8 with a slight sell bias, reverting its price to $8.41 as of press time.
A new era for Chainlink
In a tweet publicizing the matter, Chainlink said staking is the beginning of the Economics 2.0 era, which will bring “long term security and sustainability.”
Staking marks the start of #Chainlink Economics 2.0, a new era for the long-term security and sustainability of oracle networks.
In this update, we define the long-term goals, roadmap, and initial implementation of staking in the Chainlink Network.https://t.co/WJkoUzPA0i
— Chainlink (@chainlink) June 7, 2022
A blog post goes into further detail by mentioning four long-term goals to act as principles for success in this new phase of Chainlink’s development. In summary, they are:
- Increasing security and user assurances of the protocol — networks will be required to lock LINK tokens “as a form of service level guarantee around network performance.” Failure to meet service level agreements will confiscate a portion of the locked token for redistribution.
- Grow community participation — stakers to monitor oracle service performance standards and be rewarded for reporting services not meeting those performance standards.
- Generate sustainable rewards — creation and distribution of staking rewards via “native token emissions” or the existing LINK supply, which will taper off over time, “user service fees” generated by payment for using Chainlink services, and the “Partner Growth Program” which refers to incentives from linked protocols and DAOs participating in the program.
- Empowerment of node operators — introducing a node reputation system to help inform node selection and encourage node operators to operate a reliable and secure service.
Staking to be implemented in stages of release
Chainlink’s staking rollout strategy will follow the same route as its price Feeds rollout, which began with a single pair run by three nodes, expanding to nearly a thousand price pairs currently run by over 50 nodes.
“[Price Feeds] went from a single ETH/USD Price Feed on Ethereum operated by three oracle nodes to now supporting nearly a thousand Price Feeds powered by 50+ leading node operators across twelve blockchains and layer-2 solutions.”
A similar approach will enable the staggered release of multiple versions, starting with the initial v0.1 release, introducing the reputation framework and alerting system mentioned above.
A new roadmap shows a v1 and v2 release to follow, but no firm dates have been attached to those releases.
Chainlink said the v0.1 release would offer annualized staking rewards of 5%. However, as v1 and v2 roll out, the rewards are expected to increase based on user fees and the length of the commitment period.
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