Chainlink Improves Oracle Security With LINK Staking Feature

  • Chainlink Staking v0.1 is now available on the Ethereum mainnet to a limited number of users, but will be opened to the general public on 8 December.
  • The new feature includes a LINK staking pool with 25 million token cap, which aims to secure the ETH/USD price feed within the Ethereum mainnet.


Blockchain oracle network Chainlink has introduced a staking feature for its native LINK token to improve the security of its oracle services, the company said in a blog post on 6 December.

According to the announcement, Chainlink Staking’s v0.1 beta is now live on the Ethereum mainnet, allowing LINK holders to earn rewards while helping the protocol become more secure. The new feature was launched as part of Chainlink’s “Economics 2.0” initiative that focuses on the security and sustainable growth of the oracle protocol. The company wrote in its blog post:

“Combined with other key Economics 2.0 programs such as Chainlink BUILD and Chainlink SCALE, the Chainlink ecosystem is entering its next stage of sustainable growth, increased cryptoeconomic security, and entirely new levels of value capture across the network.”

Chainlink Staking v0.1 beta includes a staking pool with a 25 million LINK cap, which aims to secure the ETH/USD price feed within the Ethereum mainnet. LINK holders will be able to earn rewards from the feature by participating in a decentralized alerting system that flags the network when data feeds do not meet certain performance requirements.

The feature will initially be available only to community members who meet at least one of the criteria in Chainlink’s Early Access Eligibility List, but will be opened to the general public on 8 December, giving anyone the chance to participate. The staked LINK tokens and rewards will be locked until the release of Staking v0.2, which is planned for release sometime in the next 12 months.

Chainlink has continued to release new oracle services for various blockchains over the years, and has successfully scaled to support a significant portion of decentralized finance (DeFi), and has enabled more than $6.6 trillion in transaction value this year alone. Back in September, the platform partnered with interbank messaging system SWIFT to allow it to communicate across all blockchain platforms.

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