Today, we are excited to announce the conclusion to Equinox Staking and the launch of the first phase of the Injective Mainnet!

We received tremendous support over the past few months from our community as we continued to revamp our protocol during the Equinox testnet. During this time we saw over $50M staked, released a robust decentralized governance process, and were able to carry out major upgrades with one of the most reputable validator cohorts within the crypto ecosystem. All in all, the Injective community far surpassed our wildest expectations and we were again blown away by the involvement of both our stakers and validators across the board.

Behind the scenes, we continued to prepare ourselves for the mainnet release process, ran multiple mainnet dry runs with external validators, and are now proud to share the successful launch of the first phase. As described previously here, the mainnet launch will take place in 3 phases with the Peggy Bridge and initial deployments in Phase 1, the canary chain and exchange launch in Phase 2, and the canonical chain release in Phase 3.

The Peggy bridge contract has officially been deployed on Ethereum, which you can see here. The codebase has also been fully audited by CertiK and for transparency we have added the audit report into our Peggo GitHub repository here.

Below we will explain the procedure for the distributing Equinox Staking rewards as well as the rewards calculation mechanism, which we have open sourced here. We’ll also cover the structure and current deployment status of the Peggy bridge as well as more details on the next phases of mainnet launch.

Equinox Rewards Distribution

Today will be the official conclusion of the Equinox staking testnet.

We are truly honored to have had so much enthusiasm for Equinox from our wonderful and vibrant community. The feedback we received helped us to vastly improve many features of our protocol on both an interface and backend level. In what may be a first for the crypto industry, we enabled real INJ staking rewards for participating in our incentivized testnet.

We are aware that the Equinox epic task was inaccessible for many users as we were upgrading the exchange a number of times over the past few days. To attain the epic task boost, users had to submit 50 separate trades across 5 different markets, and earn a net positive PNL. Completing the epic task would result in a 3% APY boost for Equinox Staking.

To ensure that all interested users receive the epic task staking boost, we will be calculating rewards up until the canonical chain release. This means that you can freely unstake your INJ today (from the mainnet Ethereum staking contract) and we will still count the amount you had staked for the boost. For example, if Jake had 100 INJ staked on Equinox and unstakes today, he will still receive the 3% epic task boost on the 100 INJ as long as he completes the epic task.* The reward will be calculated based on the start of the pre-staking period until today. We will provide a detailed guide on how to transfer assets over to the Injective Chain and stake in our Mainnet in a follow-up article.

*Please note that if you withdrew your stake before today, you will not be eligible to receive any Equinox staking rewards, as stated previously.

Equinox rewards will be distributed upon the start of Phase 3 of the mainnet launch (upon the release of the canonical Injective Chain). This is done so that our community members have enough time to earn the epic task boost. The tokens will be distributed directly to Injective addresses (address with an inj prefix) and not on Ethereum.

The preliminary rewards amounts can be found here under your address’s “total” field. Note that these reward amounts are preliminary, as they do not yet include the rewards from the final Equinox epic task mentioned above.

The Injective Peggy Bridge

The Injective Peggy bridge consists of three components:

  • Peggy Contract on Ethereum
  • Peggo Orchestrator
  • Peggy Module on the Injective Chain

Peggy Contract

The function of the Peggy contract is to facilitate efficient, bidirectional cross-chain transfers of ERC-20 tokens from Ethereum to the Injective Chain. Unlike other token bridge setups, the Injective Peggy bridge is a decentralized, non-custodial bridge operated solely by the validators on Injective. The bridge is secured by the proof of stake security of the Injective Chain, as deposits and withdrawals are processed in accordance to attestations made by at least two thirds of the validators based on consensus staking power.

While we are confident in the security of the bridge, out of an abundance of caution in this early phase, we have temporarily placed an additional level of defense on the Peggy contract by enabling contract upgradability and an emergency pause capability controlled by a 3 of 5 multisig held by the Injective team. Although doing so is admittedly less fully decentralized than we aspire to be, we believe that it’s better practice to err on the side of conservativeness particularly in the Canary chain phase of the mainnet. Nevertheless, we aim to relinquish this administrative capability as soon as possible in order to be fully decentralized which has always been our core ethos.

Peggo Orchestrator

The orchestrator is an off-chain relayer that every Injective Chain validator operates which serves the function of transmitting ERC-20 token transfer data from Ethereum to the Injective Chain.

Peggy Module on the Injective Chain

On a basic level, the Peggy module mints new tokens on the Injective Chain upon an ERC-20 deposit from Ethereum and burns tokens upon withdrawing a token from the Injective Chain back to Ethereum. The peggy module also manages the economic incentives to ensure that validators act honestly and efficiently, through a variety of mechanisms including slashing penalties, native token rewards, and withdrawal fees.

Moving Forward to Phase 2 — Canary Chain Launch

Next week will mark the official launch of the mainnet canary chain. Upon launch, individuals will be able to stake INJ with validators, bridge over any ERC-20 token onto the Injective Chain, participate in governance for new spot and derivatives markets, create and underwrite insurance funds, and even potentially join as validators.

The design intention for the start of the canary chain is for each exchange infrastructure component (e.g. oracles, insurance funds, market proposals, UI) to be progressively rolled out and thoroughly tested before they are used for actual spot and derivatives exchange with user funds. By doing so, we aim to ensure greater stability and security in the protocol.

Final Thoughts

As we enter this momentous stage, we could not be more invigorated to finally launch our mainnet and have you join us in the journey together towards a new age of financial freedom and enlightenment. The best is yet to come.

About Injective Protocol

Injective is the first decentralized multi-chain exchange protocol that unlocks the full potential of decentralized derivatives and borderless DeFi. Injective enables access to unlimited decentralized markets for futures, perpetuals, spots, synthetics, and much more. Injective is backed by a prominent group of stakeholders including Mark Cuban, Pantera Capital and Binance.

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