The Beacon Chain staking contract now holds over 16 million ETH tokens.
Lido, Coinbase, Kraken, and Binance jointly control over 55% of all staked ETH.
Bitcoin crossed $18k value, the first since November 9.
Ethereum (ETH), the second-largest blockchain by market value, has reached a significant milestone nearly six months after transitioning to a proof-of-stake network. According to data from Etherscan, the Ethereum Beacon Chain staking contract now holds more than 16 million units of ETH tokens.
The Ethereum staking contract went live in 2020 when the network introduced the Beacon Chain. The 16 million staked ETH token is equivalent to over $22 billion, representing more than 13% of the coin’s market cap.
Notably, people who invest funds in the Beacon Chain are called validators. They do so in exchange for the opportunity to authenticate ETH transactions to the blockchain, earning transaction fees. According to on-chain data from Nansen, the four major Ethereum validators are Lido, Coinbase, Kraken, and Binance, which jointly control over 55% of all staked ETH.
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