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What is Archway Staking?

Archway staking is the process of delegating your ARCH tokens to a validator to improve the economic security of the blockchain. In exchange for staking, you earn a portion of ARCH tokens. The reward rate for staking your ARCH is currently -.

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Running a Validator is a great way to support the network and contribute to the security of the network. It requires a local set up in your home. Running a Validator is a great way to foster decentralization. You can run a validator either at home on your own server, or set it up remotely in the cloud.
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14.8%

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1.03m ARCH

Lockup Time
21 days

When initiating a stake, there can be a starting period before the stake becomes active, followed by a waiting period upon withdrawal. The length of these periods can vary, reflecting the network's unique processing times. As a result, the actual time your assets are locked may differ based on operational procedures and current network status.

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How to stake ARCH

To earn a yield on your ARCH, you can either lend them out to custodial providers or via a Defi lending protocol, run your own Validator or delegate your tokens to validators of your choice.

We recommend using a Ledger Hardware Wallet to keep full control over your funds. To delegate your tokens, you should ensure you have your ARCH on your Ledger wallet and follow the steps below:

Step 1: Go to the Archway Staking Dashboard and connect your Ledger/Keplr wallet.

Step 2: Select a validator from the table. If you are unsure which validator to delegate to, refer to our FAQ on choosing a validator for guidance.

Step 3: Once you have chosen a validator and decided on the number of tokens you would like to stake, click ‘Stake and Manage’ and input your desired token amount.

Step 4: Finalize by clicking ‘Delegate’ and confirming the transaction in your wallet.


How do I choose Archway validators?

It is essential for users to stake their PoS tokens with dependable and highly performant validators, which is why we have rolled out the Verified Staking Program (VSP). Through this program, we thoroughly scrutinize potential validators, evaluating factors such as security measures, their on-chain reliability, their provider setup, and value-added services for the whole ecosystem.

Our VSP documentation contains further details about the program, Staking Providers that are part of the VSP will have a blue checkmark displayed next to their names here. If you want to know which validators on Archway are part of the VSP, simply go to the validator page on Minstcan and click on a validator’s name. If that validator is a verified provider, it will have the Staking Rewards logo shown under ‘Additional information’.

There are many metrics to consider when selecting a validator to delegate to:

Commission Rates: The commission rate a validator charges is the % of your reward that the validator keeps for themselves. A high commission rate means your rewards will be lower, whilst a low commission rate could mean that the validator is not profitable and could cause issues for them in the future. Keep in mind that validators can adjust their commission rates up or down over time.

Number of Users: A high number of delegators could indicate positive sentiment towards a validator.

Validators Self-Staked balance: A provider with a high amount of staked tokens likely has more incentive to continue operating their services as they have more to lose than those with low self-staked balances. This metric has some limitations as Validators can choose to delegate to their own validator from another wallet, which is done to increase security of their funds.

Current Status: To check if a validator is currently active, go to the Validator Dashboard on Mintscan. The default view on this page is for “Active” validators, but you can also filter to view inactive validators in the top right corner of the page. Keep in mind that only the top 100 validators on Archway, ranked by balance, receive rewards.

Network Share: You typically don’t want to choose a validator with the highest or a low network share. Delegating to the most popular validators increases centralisation risks within the network as those validators will have more say in governance and produce a larger share of the blocks. A validator with a low network share might not be profitable, increasing the risk of them discontinuing their services. If a validator drops out of the top 100, they also stop earning rewards. However, if you are willing to put more time in, then delegating to a smaller validator helps support the decentralization of the network. You would just have to make sure to check regularly if the provider is still active and operating.

Performance: Make sure you pick a validator with the highest possible performance. Further, please check individual validators’ uptime, and our recommendation is only to pick those with a >=99% uptime and a long history of not getting slashed.

Value Add to the Ecosystem: Some providers offer extra services to their delegators, such as tax reporting tools or explorers. This can be another great way to filter for validators that are long-term invested in the Archway Ecosystem. By delegating to a validator that is strongly dedicated to the Archway Ecosystem, you are supporting their development that indirectly impacts the value of your ARCH investment beyond the rewards from staking.


Do I need to maintain my staking in any way?

Once you have delegated your ARCH, there are things you need to consider going forward.

  • Firstly, delegating from one validator to another can be done without waiting for the unbonding period. You might consider redelegating if your current validator raises their commission rate or gets jailed for misbehaviour on-chain. Once redelegated, you have to wait for 21 days before you are able to redelegate again.
  • Secondly, rewards are not auto-compounded. To get the most out of your tokens, you should consider claiming and staking your rewards more frequently, but consider that each transaction will cost you some gas. By using our Archway (ARCH) staking calculator, you can calculate the optimal re-stake frequency for your amount of ARCH. Some tools, such as restake.app, will enable you to pick a validator who will auto-compound your rewards for you, so keep this in mind.
  • Lastly, as a participant in the Archway Ecosystem, once you have staked your tokens, you can vote on Archway Governance Proposals. While your contribution and vote are highly valuable to the ecosystem, participating does not affect the sum of your rewards.

By delegating to a good long-term oriented validator, you can reduce most of your maintenance and only have to check back to restake your rewards.


What are the risks to staking ARCH?

Whilst we want to ensure staking is as safe and transparent as possible, there are still things to consider regarding whether a specific staking option is right for you.

Slashing risk: ARCH delegated to a validator can be partially slashed if the validator misbehaves. On top of getting slashed, a validator can also be jailed, during which time you will not be earning any rewards. Validators need to be careful in adopting the necessary measures to prevent being slashed, as both the validator and its delegators are subjected to slashing penalties. For this reason, it is crucial for delegators to carefully choose the validator(s) to which delegate to.

Unbonding risk: The unbonding period for ARCH is 21 days. Crypto markets are highly volatile, and investors need to be aware that they cannot sell their tokens immediately once they have staked them. They first need to wait 21 days for the tokens to unbond before they become liquid. Please take note of this lockup before you decide to stake. Consider keeping funds liquid if you do not intend to hold ARCH long-term.

Dropping out of the active set: On top of potentially losing out on rewards if your validator gets slashed, a validator could also drop out of the top 100, meaning they no longer earn any rewards. Ensure you check back frequently to ensure your validator is active, not jailed and has not raised their commission fees.

Protocol security risks: There is an inherent risk that the protocol could contain unknown bugs. This not only applies to staking but your ARCH investment in general.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of all the risks related to staking.


What consensus algorithm does Archway use?

Archway is powered by Tendermint BFT. Tendermint BFT is a Byzantine Fault Tolerant (BFT) consensus engine developed by Tendermint. It offers instant finality, is horizontally scalable and is secure against malicious actors. It is also open-source, meaning anyone can inspect and use the code. Additionally, it is simple to set up and use, allowing developers to quickly and easily build distributed applications. The active validator set consists of the 100 highest-ranked validators by staked tokens, from which 1 validator is randomly selected to propose a block with 66% of the remaining active validators being required to attest the block in order for it to become final. The higher the stake, the more likely they are to be selected.


What is ARCH?

ARCH is the native token of the Archway network that is used to carry out the key functions of the platform as detailed below:

Token Utilities

  • Gas token: 50% of this transaction fee is distributed to the dApp on which the gas was spent, while the other 50% is permanently removed from circulation.
  • Governance: ARCH is used to vote on governance proposals on the network. Only staked tokens are eligible to be used for governance voting. The amount of voting power is measured in terms of stake. Please note that when delegating tokens to a validator, you are also delegating voting power. Delegating to a validator who is active in the governance processes and openly communicates with the community is an important element to consider.
  • Staking: Users can temporarily lock ARCH up to contribute to the security of the Archway network.

How are Archway (ARCH) staking rewards generated?

Native staking rewards for ARCH are composed of:

Block Rewards (Inflation): Archway has on-chain parameters which dictate how many tokens are minted as rewards for every block. The parameters on-chain are Annual Issuance which is the expected number of tokens minted per year and expected block time, which gives us the expected number of blocks per year. The inflation rate increases by 13% per annum until 20% if there is less than 66% of all ARCH staked, and if there is more than 66% staked then the inflation rate will decrease at a pace of 13% p.a down to 7%. At genesis this split will be 25% to dapps and 75% to validators. Archway uses the same mechanism as Cosmos to distribute block rewards.

Gas Rebates: Gas fees are shared between dapp developers and validators. At the launch, these fees are split evenly at 50% but can be adjusted over time through the governance of the network.

Smart Contract Fees:While traditional gas fees cover the computational costs of a smart contract, there are additional costs like distributed storage and off-chain processing that need to be covered. Archway allows dapp developers to create custom fees within their smart contracts to pay for these costs. These fees are viewed as the total network fee to users and can also be changed even after the contract has been deployed.

Please note that the total annual rewards are divided by all active stakers; hence, as the amount of staked tokens goes up, the reward rate goes down.

You are welcome to play around with our Archway (ARCH) Staking Calculator to get a better feel of how these metrics can influence your rewards.


What are the tokenomics of ARCH?

Archway has a total supply of 1 billion ARCH. Archway is fostering an ecosystem that puts developers first, by enabling developers to earn revenue based on the transaction volume they create on the network.

Initial token distribution

The Initial token distribution of ARCH is as follows:

  • 27% is allocated to Ecosystem Grants
  • 12% is allocated to Private Sale 01
  • 10% is allocated to the Community Pool
  • 10% is allocated to Core Contributors
  • 5% is allocated to Airdrops
  • 2.5% is allocated to the Community Sale
  • 3% is allocated to Early Backers
  • 0.50% is allocated to Testnets and Hackathons
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