The Coinbase exchange will offer a staking service for Ethereum 2.0 (ETH) to its users from 2021. Coinbase will also introduce trading between ETH and ETH2.
Ethereum 2.0 lands on Coinbase
Today, December 1, 2020, the first phase of Ethereum 2.0 will launch . This event initiates a multi-year upgrade for the network. Over the next few years, the Ethereum 2.0 chain will gradually gain ascendancy over the original Ethereum chain.
This significant update marks the transition from Proof of Work (PoW) to Proof of Stake (PoS). Thus, holders of Ethers (ETH) have the possibility of staking their coins, in order to receive rewards in return. For the moment, staking on Ethereum 2.0 remains complex and is not accessible to everyone.
Special technical knowledge is necessary and above all, the minimum Bitcoin Union required to be eligible for staking is 32, the equivalent of 19,200 dollars at the current price.
It is for this reason that the Coinbase exchange has just announced that it will be offering ETH staking to its users from 2021 .
For some time to come, the ETH1 and ETH2 coins will coexist in the ecosystem, and will be quite separate entities. This is why Coinbase users will be able to convert their ETH1 to ETH2 in order to earn staking rewards.
At this time, Coinbase has not yet communicated on the minimum amount of ETH2 needed to be eligible for staking. Anyway, this service is good news for ETH holders, who will have access to staking with some simplicity .
A clear will of Coinbase
It is quite surprising that Coinbase is taking such a lead on the arrival of Ethereum 2.0 . Historically, the American exchange is often among the last in its class to take such initiatives. Often, Coinbase belatedly expresses its support for the hard fork or airdrop of a cryptocurrency .
However, the enthusiasm around Ethereum 2.0 is such that all platforms have a particular interest in offering services of this type to their users. Coinbase says it itself, the arrival of Ethereum 2.0 is a major milestone for Ethereum for the entire cryptocurrency community.
“Ethereum 2.0 intends to solve two of the biggest challenges in blockchain development: limited scalability and high gas prices. Over the course of two years, the Ethereum community plans to increase scalability and migrate the current Ethereum chain to the Ethereum 2.0 chain, ”Coinbase points out.
In the days that follow, other platforms will most certainly make similar statements. Binance, Kraken, Bitfinex, KuCoin, OKEx, Huobi, all should theoretically set up a similar service for their users.
If you are interested in ETH staking, be sure to read the various conditions beforehand . For example, those participating in the launch of Phase 0 of Ethereum 2.0 cannot touch their ETH for several months, or even years.