Vitalik Buterin Sends $1.4M of Ether in Preparation for Ethereum 2.0 Staking

Stakes are increasing as the next iteration of the blockchain network, Ethereum 2.0, launches in just weeks.

Nov 6, 2020 at 12:41 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 10:28 a.m. UTC

Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin has sent his first ether for staking on the next iteration of the blockchain network.

  • Buterin's "VB2" address sent 100 transactions for 32 ether each, all in totaling 3,200 units of the cryptocurrency, as reported by TrustedNodes. The amount is worth around $1.4 million at press time.
  • The transactions (visible here) were sent to Ethereum 2.0's newly launched deposit contract, which went live Wednesday as a means for network participants to move funds from the current proof-of-work blockchain to the soon-to-launch proof-of-stake (PoS) blockchain.
  • Since then, public Ethereum participants have been able to deposit the minimum 32 ether required to stake on Eth 2.0.
  • The deposit contract now holds 38,693 ether, worth some $17 million.
  • Staking is a way of supporting a PoS blockchain network by committing funds for a period of time in return for rewards. PoS networks do not rely on mining, as do the existing Ethereum network and Bitcoin.
  • Ethereum 2.0 is expected to launch soon, possibly in early December, after the date was brought back from Bitcoin's launch anniversary on Jan. 1.
  • The "Genesis" launch requires 16,384 validators to deposited funds equivalent to 524,288 ether into the contract. At that point the Beacon chain, the core of Ethereum 2.0, will go live.

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