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1% ETH staked in deposit contract as decentralization numbers get ‘a bit worse’

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With over 1 million ETH amounting to nearly $690 million being staked in the ETH 2.0 deposit contract, more and more exchanges and custodians are making staking services available to thousands of its users.

In fact, Binance, Huobi, Kraken, OKEx, and Coinbase have already offered ETH 2.0 staking options to their users, with rewards ranging from 6% to 20%.

Thanks to these developments, more ETH is now being sent to the deposit contract, without the minimum amount of 32 ETH that the network requires to begin rewarding a specific wallet.

In light of the success of the endeavor, the co-founder of Ethereum Vitalik Buterin recently shared some statistics on Twitter, revealing that 1% of the entire supply of ETH is now in the deposit contract. However, he noted, “decentralization numbers are a bit worse than last time.”

Buterin explained that the numbers now adjust for the multiple addresses that belong to Bitcoin Suisse as one entity.

Source: Vitalik Buterin on Twitter

However, a closer examination of the statistics he shared revealed that 30 validators would need to collude to reach 51% and 106 addresses would need to collude to reach 67%, a percentage that would mean that an attacker would be able to inflict greater damage.

On 1 December, 34 validators would have needed to collude to reach 51% and 110 addresses would have needed to collude to reach 67%.

If the reason for this difference was the fact that Bitcoin Suisse wasn’t accounted for, it leads to the lingering question that how many other large single entities could be staking under multiple addresses. As Vitalik Buterin said,

“More participation means more decentralization.”

With the emergence of more and more staking pools and staking services offered by exchanges, there is indeed more participation on the network.

However, as more ETH ends up being staked on exchanges and custodians, many have called into question the amount of decentralization this PoS blockchain can achieve.

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Samyuktha is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. Currently pursuing her Masters in Finance and Business Analytics, she is interested in cryptocurrencies, fintech, and blockchain technology adoption across various sectors.