Over 11 million LINK staked in half hour as Chainlink staking v0.2 early access goes live

Quick Take

  • Early-access launch follows last month’s nine-day “priority migration” period, where existing v0.1 stakers could transition their staked LINK and rewards to the new version.
  • Eligible participants now have the opportunity to stake up to 15,000 LINK.

Early access to Chainlink Staking v0.2 has gone live, and more than 11 million LINK +0.07% were staked in first 30 minutes, according to a statement. 

The early-access launch follows last month's nine-day "priority migration" period where existing v0.1 stakers could transition their staked LINK and rewards to the new version. Chainlink Staking v0.2 comes with an expanded pool size of 45 million LINK.

Decentralized computing protocol Chainlink is crypto's most popular oracle network that provides external, real-world data to blockchain applications. Chainlink staking first went live a year ago. The move increased utility for the token and enabled LINK holders to back the performance of oracle services. Holders can earn rewards for helping to secure the network.

Initially it was accessible exclusively for staking in order to secure the Ethereum ETH +2.37% /USD price feed. The pool was capped at 25 million LINK tokens. 

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With the early access, "eligible participants now have the opportunity to stake up to 15,000 LINK," according to the statement. "Early Access lasts for four days, before Staking v0.2 enters General Access, where anyone can stake up to 15,000 LINK, provided the pool hasn’t yet been filled."

The 45 million LINK represents "8% of the current circulating supply," according to the statement. 

With this new version, Chainlink aims to provide a more flexible unbonding mechanism that allows stakers to withdraw their staked tokens more efficiently. It is also meant to improve security guarantees. The modular architecture aims to facilitate greater adaptability, which will facilitate the incorporation of future upgrades and improvements with greater ease.


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