We are thrilled to launch Injective governance for spot markets! Starting today, users participating in Equinox staking will be able to propose and vote on new spot market listings.

The governance process is a core components of our decentralized protocol and will serve an important role in our upcoming mainnet release. In addition, participating in market proposals via governance will enable you to earn additional APY boosts on Equinox Staking!

In this piece, we will walk over some of the core functionalities of Injective governance and how you can get started right away.

Participate in Injective Governance: https://staking.injective.network/

You can also find a walkthrough in this article if you scroll down.


Equinox staking was officially released last week and already we have seen over 2 million INJ staked which represents nearly $30 Million in value.

All of this was made possible by an amazing cohort of validators and community members who are rigorously working towards helping us to secure the network. We have also seen a strong uptick in our community helping to provide valuable feedback in further optimizing staking on Injective through various social channels such as our newly revamped Discord server.

Injective governance is a central part of our protocol. We hold the belief that in order for a network to be considered truly decentralized, it must be governed by a user base that is ideally distributed globally. In an effort to achieve full decentralization we chose to introduce governance as part of Equinox Staking which is largely unheard of in the crypto ecosystem since governance processes are usually not found until much later in a protocol’s development cycle.

Injective Governance: A Truly Decentralized Protocol

Injective governance will allow you to propose entirely new spot markets on our exchange. Anyone staking on Injective will be eligible to vote on specific proposals. Only when a proposal wins the vote can it pass and the respective market be listed on the Injective exchange.

As more individuals join our network, it can become further decentralized since more individuals will have a say in these governance processes.

Our aim is to have governance for nearly all features of our protocol. The current governance process focuses on spot market proposals but the idea is to increase this breadth of governance dramatically moving forward. So, in the coming weeks we will allow users to take part in many more governance features.

Derivative market proposals will be released shortly.

Injective Governance Walkthrough

Here is a short guide that you can follow to start proposing new spot markets through our governance process.

1. Click Governance in the header.

2. Under the Propose section, open the dropdown menu and select “Launch a spot market”.

3. This will open an interface in which you can select a base and quote currency for your new spot market proposal. If either the base or quote currency you would like to select is not present, click on “Create new Denom”. Demon implies “denomination”, which asks you to input a custom rate.

4. This will open a modal where you must fill in the contract address for the denomination you would like to add. Make sure that you have some amount of this denom in your Kovan wallet before proceeding. With the contract address filled in, click “Get ERC-20 Token Balance” and sign the metamask transaction.

5. The next modal will display your balance of the contract address you entered in the previous step. Enter some amount less than or equal to your holdings of this contract and click “Transfer” and sign the metamask transaction.

6. After a few moments, your added denom should be available from the base and quote denom dropdown menus. Fill in the rest of your proposal.

For the “Deposit” amount, any amount will work. However, for a “launch a spot market” proposal to be accepted through governance to enter the Voting stage it must reach 1,000 INJ. If you deposit 1,000 INJ with your proposal, it will be automatically accepted for voting. If you deposit less than 1,000 and voters do not deposit amounts for your proposal within two days, the proposal will automatically fail without a vote.

7. Click “Propose” and sign the metamask transaction to submit your proposal.

8. Very shortly after submitting your proposal, you should see your proposal appear under the Proposals section in the Deposit stage.

9. If you click on your proposal row under Proposals, you will be able to access a more expansive dashboard. From here, you can see how much INJ has been deposited, and you can even increase the deposit amount.

Once your proposal has been accepted into the voting process, it will have 1 day to collect votes. A proposal must attain over 50% of the vote in order to be accepted.

33% is the Quorum. Quorum is defined as the minimum percentage of voting power that needs to be casted on a proposal for the result to be valid.

50% is the Threshold. Threshold is defined as the minimum proportion of Yes votes (excluding Abstain votes) needed for the proposal to be accepted.

10. Click the row under Proposals under Voting to get to the voting screen. Click either Yes, No, Abstain, or Veto and then sign the metamask transaction.

You will be able to see your vote under the corresponding vote section, along with others who voted that way as well.

That’s all! You are now ready to start taking part in Injective governance.

About Injective Protocol

Injective Protocol is the first layer-2 decentralized exchange protocol that unlocks the full potential of decentralized derivatives and borderless DeFi. Injective Protocol enables fully decentralized trading without any restrictions, allowing individuals to trade on any derivative market of their choosing. Injective Protocol is backed by a prominent group of stakeholders including Pantera Capital, one of the most renowned venture capital firms in the world, and the leading cryptocurrency exchange, Binance.

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