Fantom community voting on a proposal to reduce staking rewards

Quick Take

  • The Fantom Foundation has introduced a proposal to reduce staking rewards for validators on the network.
  • Such a move could lengthen the timeline of FTM token emissions beyond 2024.

The Fantom community is currently voting on a governance proposal that seeks to reduce the rewards paid to network validators.

Fantom rewards users for staking their FTM — the blockchain’s native asset — on the network. Users with 50,000 staked FTM can also run validator nodes to process transactions on the network and earn rewards as well. Fantom’s staking reward is currently at 13% for staked tokens with a one-year vesting period. These rewards are from transaction fees paid on the network and are scheduled to be distributed up until 2024.

This new Fantom proposal argues for a reduction of the 13% staking reward rate so as to be in line with the market average. According to the proposal authored by Fantom Foundation business development director Sam Harcourt, Fantom’s rate is higher than other major “notable” Layer 1 networks including Ethereum, Solana, Avalanche, and Binance Smart Chain (BNB).

The proposal also argued in favor of reducing the rate given the increase in the volume of Fantom staking rewards for validators. Data from FTMScan shows that there was a 120,000% increase in earnings for validators between January 2021 and January 2022.

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