Kusama is an early, unaudited, and unrefined release of Polkadot.
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- What is Kusama?
- How to stake Kusama (KSM)?
- How much can i earn staking Kusama (KSM)?
- What are the requirements to stake Kusama?
- Is there any risk to stake Kusama (KSM)?
Kusama is an early, unaudited and unrefined release of Polkadot. Kusama will serve as a proving ground, allowing teams and developers to build and deploy a parachain or try out Polkadot’s governance, staking, nomination and validation functionality in a real environment.
Kusama is a canary-net: It is an early, highly experimental version of Polkadot presenting real economic conditions. It is not economically centralised and there will be no central kill switch. Kusama will exist as long as its community maintains it and we envision it will cater to new, early, high-risk functionality and projects preparing to develop and deploy on Polkadot.
Delegators in Kusama are called Nominators. Anyone can nominate up to 16 validators, who share rewards if they are elected into the active validators set.
The process is a single-click operation inside the wallet. Simply choose 1-16 validators (staking providers) who you trust and nominate them.
Please note that you must manually claim your rewards via the Polkadot Explorer. Staking rewards are kept available available for 21 days only.
If you do not claim your staking rewards by this time, then you will not be able to claim them and some of your staking rewards will be lost.
If you want to run a validator node yourself to gain the maximum rewards you have to operate the required server infrastructure and make sure to online 24/7.
The current reward rate for validators is determined by the current Total Staked %. The less KSM is being staked, the higher are the rewards.
You can play with the different reward scenarios under certain network conditions in our Staking Calculator.
Validators share the rewards after deducting a fee with their nominators. You can see the individual reward rates and fees of validators in our list of staking providers.
Being a nominator does not require running a node of your own or worrying about online uptime. However, a good nominator performs diligence on the validators that it elects.
To become a Validator you need at least 350KSM and make sure to operate a stable infrastrcuture. Anyhow the minimum stake that is necessary to be elected as an active validator is dynamic and can change over time. It depends not only on how much stake is being put behind each validator, but also the size of the active set and how many validators are waiting in the pool.
By delegating or staking Kusama there is a risk of slashing.
Slashing will happen if a validator misbehaves (e.g. goes offline, attacks the network, or runs modified software) in the network. They and their nominators will get slashed by losing a percentage of their bonded/staked DOTs.
Validator pools with larger total stake backing them will get slashed more harshly than less popular ones, so we encourage nominators to shift their nominations to less popular validators to reduce the possible losses.