Over the past couple of years, a large number of ETH ‘killers’ and rivals have emerged whose popularity has exploded in Q1 of 2021. One such is Charles Hoskinson’s brainchild with a highly ambitious roadmap – Cardano blockchain, whose staking metrics demonstrated strong fundamentals.
So much so that Cardano is now dominating the charts in terms of the staked capitalization rankings according to the latest stats published by Staking Rewards.
Cardano Dominates, Polkadot Trails Behind
The blockchain is currently leading the pack and users reportedly staking $27.12 billion worth of ADA on it. In short, out of the total market cap of $38.28 billion, 73.27% of circulating ADA are being staked by the users. Staking Rewards site also estimated that the ADA stakers of the network receive an annual reward of 7.23%
Trailing just behind Cardano is Polkadot with a staked amount of $22.941 billion worth of DOT being devoted to securing the network, at the time of writing. Of the total $33,07 billion market cap, 64.16% are being staked by the DOT users, The annual reward received by the DOT stakers was estimated to be around 13.15%.
The Proof-of-Stake [PoS] consensus mechanism has become rapidly prominent among several notable cryptocurrency projects, especially with the launch of Ethereum 2.0. PoS model and its variants do not need validators to use their computational power through mining rigs to secure the network as in the case of PoW models.
Here, validators instead lock up a certain amount of their native tokens to authorize transactions and subsequently add new blocks to the blockchain. This process is known as staking.
Ethereum 2.0, on the other hand, is now the fourth spot by staked value with $8.24 billion. with a minuscule 3.31% of the total $249.5 billion market cap being staked by users. In addition, ETH stakers are generating a 7.57% in terms of annual reward. Eth 2.0, however, fell from the third spot for staked capitalization recently after Solana intensified its race and recorded a total staked value of $9.36 billion.
Tron Exits Top 10
Over the past several months, TRX has been extensively used for the purpose of staking. The native token of the highly scalable, DPoS-based [Delegated Proof-of-Stake] Tron blockchain has been widely popular among stakeholders. Despite this, Tron has slid way down to the 11th position as it amassed a staked value of $3.62 billion.