Avalanche is an open-source platform for launching decentralized applications and enterprise blockchain deployments in one interoperable, highly scalable ecosystem. Avalanche is a EVM compatible decentralized smart contracts platform built for the scale of global finance, with near-instant transaction finality. Ethereum developers can quickly build on Avalanche as Solidity works out-of-the-box.
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- What is Avalanche?
- What is AVAX?
- Who are the founders of Avalanche?
- How to stake AVAX?
- The ID of the node you’re delegating to
- When you want to start/stop delegating stake (must be while the validator is validating)
- How many AVAX you are staking
- The address to send any rewards to
- How much can I earn Staking AVAX?
- What are the requirements to delegate AVAX?
- The minimum amount that a delegator must stake is 25 AVAX
- The minimum amount of time one can stake funds for delegation is 2 weeks
- The maximum amount of time one can stake funds for delegation is 1 year
- The minimum delegation fee rate is 2%
- Are the transaction fees additionally paid to validators?
- Any risks to Staking AVAX?
- Lockup times (Market price fluctuation during lockup periods)
- Slashing events (Possible risk of slashing for misbehaving validators)
- Minimums (High minimum required to either Stake or Run a Validator)
Avalanche is a layer one blockchain that functions as a platform for decentralized applications and custom blockchain networks. It is one of Ethereum’s rivals, aiming to unseat Ethereum as the most popular blockchain for smart contracts. It aims to do so by having a higher transaction output of up to 6,500 transactions per second while not compromising scalability.
This is made possible by Avalanche’s unique architecture. The Avalanche network consists of three individual blockchains: the X-Chain, C-Chain and P-Chain. Each chain has a distinct purpose, which is radically different from the approach Bitcoin and Ethereum use, namely having all nodes validate all transactions. Avalanche blockchains even use different consensus mechanisms based on their use cases.
AVAX is the native token of Avalanche. It is a hard-capped, scarce asset that is used to pay for fees, secure the platform through staking, and provide a basic unit of account between the multiple subnets created on Avalanche.
Avalanche was launched by Ava Labs, founded by Cornell University professor Emin Gün Sirer, and Cornell University computer science PhD’s Kevin Sekniqi and Maofan “Ted” Yin. Gün Sirer is a veteran in cryptographic research, having designed a conceptual peer-to-peer virtual currency six years before the release of the Bitcoin whitepaper. He was also involved in work on Bitcoin scaling solutions and research on Ethereum before the infamous The DAO hack in 2016.
From that research arose the whitepaper that led to the foundation of Ava Labs in 2018. The project closed a seed round in February 2019 that included investors such as Polychain, Andreessen Horowitz and Balaji Srinivasan. Avalanche closed its initial coin offering in 2020 in under 24 hours, raising $42 million in the process.
The most feasible option for network participants is by delegating their tokens to a Validator. This is a simple transaction that can be facilitated via the Avalanche Wallet.
When you delegate stake to a validator you specify:
Read this tutorial how to delegate AVAX using the Avalanche Wallet.
If the validator that you delegate stake to is sufficiently correct and responsive while you delegate stake to them, you receive a reward when you are done delegating to them. Delegators are rewarded according to the same function as validators. However, the validator that you delegate to keeps a portion of your reward. The percentage of your reward that they keep is specified by the validator’s delegation fee rate, If it’s set to 10%, then they keep 10% of any rewards from stake delegated to them. You can check the rate of each validator in our ranking here.
To calculate your rewards, feel free to use the Avalanche Staking Calculator.
No. Fees are not paid to any specific validator. Instead, they are burned, thus increasing scarcity of the $AVAX.
Consider the following risks when Staking AVAX:
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