DeFi Platform EigenLayer Rolls Out Restaking Protocol on Ethereum Mainnet

EigenLayer's developers raised $64.5 million in a series of investment rounds.

AccessTimeIconJun 14, 2023 at 7:39 p.m. UTC
Updated Jun 16, 2023 at 4:37 p.m. UTC
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Seattle-based decentralized finance (DeFi) platform EigenLayer has deployed its restaking protocol on the Ethereum mainnet, according to a press release.

The protocol allows those staking ETH to restake on EigenLayer by depositing liquid staking tokens including Lido stETH (stETH), Rocket Pool ETH (rETH) and Coinbase Wrapped Staked ETH (cbETH).

EigenLabs, the developer of EigenLayer, raised a total of $64.5 million at a valuation of $500 million in a series of investment rounds, including a $50 million Series A in March.

The protocol has set participation parameters for liquid restaking and native restaking, with liquid restaking accepting a maximum of 3,200 of each liquid staking token and a maximum 32 token deposit per address. Native restaking, meanwhile, will be paused once 9,600 ETH has been added.

Liquid staking has been an emerging narrative since Ethereum switched from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake in September. A total of $16.92 billion is currently staked on the top five liquid staking protocols on Ethereum, according to data by DefiLlama.

Restaking is a concept that allows staked ETH to be used on other protocols in exchange for protocol fees and rewards.

Edited by Nelson Wang.


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