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Staking is active on Calamari Network starting with v3.4.0

Calamari Network runs a delegated proof-of-stake (DPoS) consensus mechanism.

Similar to other Layer 1 blockchains, block producers are selected out of a set of candidates based on the total KMA stake backing each specific block producer candidate - in our case called a collator. In addition, users who don't wish to run their own collator can instead delegate their KMA token to an existing collator and gain a share of its rewards.

What does this mean for KMA hodlers

  1. High-performing block producers voted in through delegation => cheapest possible gas fees for transactions
  2. Many independent collators => high censorship resistance
  3. You can generate yield on your KMA by participating in staking rewards

Okay, so how do I start staking?

You have two routes to stake your KMA:

  1. Become a Delegator

All you need is some KMA and our delegation dApp

  1. Become a Collator Runner

This path needs technical experience and dedicated computer hardware to run a Calamari blockchain node on in addition to a larger amount of KMA than 1. and can bring higher rewards. You can find more info about this path in the collator section

What is DPoS?

In contrast to other PoS Networks

In contrast to other networks like Ethereum, where no on-chain mechanism exists for multiple token holders to collaborate (staking pools are used as an off-chain crutch here), our DPoS solution allows for people who can't or won't run their own collator node to delegate their token to one or multiple specific collators, thus voting that they do a good job with producing blocks, helping ensure its position in the set of at most 63 active collators and in return share in the block rewards the backed collator obtains. In order create a semi-stable set of collators, these locked tokens are subject to a 7 day waiting period if a user wishes to recover his tokens from a staking lock or change the target collator they're delegating to.

In contrast to Kusama’s NPoS (nominated proof of stake)

On Kusama, an on-chain election occurs to distribute KSM tokens among backed nodes, while on Calamari a delegator always picks one concrete collator and a concrete number of KMA they wish to delegate to that collator. This approach is both simpler and less computationally heavy than running a distribution election, which has a nondeterministic execution time - something that must be avoided on Parachains as it can easily lead to chain stalls.