Staked Ethereum now totals over 700K ETH.
Beacon Chain becomes the sixth largest PoS chain even before its launch.
ETH prices fell below $ 600
With the staking threshold now reached, Ethereum 2.0 can officially launch as planned on December 1. This step propelled the blockchain to position itself as one of the largest proof of stake networks in the world, even before it went online.
The bet on the ETH 2.0 deposit contract has jumped over 700,000 ETH, meaning the 524,000 threshold has been crossed and the countdown to the beacon chain genesis has now started. With over 22,000 validators, the launch date of December 1 has been set and time is running out .
As BeInCrypto reports, several large companies and organizations have already committed to supporting the next iteration of the world’s largest smart contract network. More than 2,000 unique Ethereum addresses have made deposits into the contract according to Dune Analytics.
Sixth largest PoS blockchain
Even before being put on the mainnet, Beacon Chain is one of the largest proof-of-stake blockchains in the world. Contributing to Defiant’s latest newsletter , industry insider Cooper Turley said;
„As a perspective, the number of Eth2 depositors and validators is already higher than the number of validators on some of the major proof-of-stake chains, including Tezos, Cosmos and Polkadot.“
In the case of rival platform Polkadot, there are over 7,000 nominators delegating their tokens to validators, but ETH 2.0 is unlikely to take long to catch up. Turley added that the number will change when launching next week, as 900 validators per day can be added after genesis.
A total of 688,000 ETH (roughly $ 412 million) deposited in the ETH 2.0 contract would make Ethereum the sixth-largest chain of outlets in terms of staked assets according to Staking Rewards.
Turley added that the rapid filing of nearly half of the staking requirements over the past two days sends a strong signal;
„With over 50% of the staked balance deposited in the last 48 hours, this milestone marks a major vote of confidence in Ethereum’s most grueling upgrade to date taking place over at least four phases in which should last at least. two years,“
ETH price outlook
At the time of going to press, Ethereum prices were retreating from a high of $ 620 where there was long term resistance from the 2018 cycle . Prices had fallen below the 50-hour moving average at $ 590 as the correction appears to be gaining momentum.
It’s only natural for markets to cool down from such intense price action, however, Ethereum’s long-term outlook has just improved with a silver lining for holders who endured its two-year bear market. .