New York, NY, January 13, 2023 -- Today, Consensys, a market-leading blockchain technology company, announced the launch of MetaMask Staking, a new feature directly incorporated in the MetaMask Portfolio. MetaMask Staking will increase access to staking by allowing MetaMask users globally to stake crypto (ETH) with leading liquid staking providers, Lido and Rocket Pool.
Following the transition of Ethereum (ETH) to Proof of Stake in September 2022, staking has become an increasingly important part of the crypto ecosystem. A Chainalysis report noted that institutional investors — wallets staking over $1 million ETH — have increased over 5x in the past year; however, staking can be a convoluted and complicated process for end-users.
MetaMask Staking will offer an easy-to-understand and trusted entry point for users interested in staking. Through this new feature, users can compare the rewards rate, network control, and popularity of different liquid staking providers and choose the one they want to stake with, aiding the security and decentralization of the network.
“We are excited to provide MetaMask users with an easy and intuitive way to stake,” said Abad Mian, Senior Product Manager at MetaMask. “MetaMask users have told us that they are interested in staking and want to do so from within their favorite self-custodial wallet. By allowing staking through the MetaMask Portfolio, we are providing MetaMask users with a convenient way to interact with staking providers.”
A public beta has been launched through the MetaMask Portfolio. Customers can stake ETH through Lido and Rocket Pool and view their Lido and Rocket Pool staking tokens (stETH and rETH). In addition, customers can swap their stETH and rETH back to ETH via MetaMask Swaps, subject to certain fees.
As part of the latest addition to the world’s leading self-custodial wallet, MetaMask Staking builds on our existing MetaMask Portfolio features focused on facilitating a thriving, decentralized web3 community. It allows users to aggregate their assets across multiple accounts and networks. Available to both Extension and Mobile users, the MetaMask Portfolio gives users a holistic view of their assets and holdings, including digital art collections and other utility NFTs, and provides a safe and reliable way to view, bridge, and swap assets across many available networks in just a few clicks.
How to stake within MetaMask
1. Visit portfolio.metamask.io
2. Hover over your desired staking provider and click "Stake."
3. Enter the amount you'd like to stake and click "Review."
4. Review your stake and click "Confirm."
5. Sign the transaction in your wallet
6. When your transaction is complete, click "View holdings."
With staking, users are eligible to receive rewards for participating in the consensus process and helping to secure the network. This launch comes just a few months after the announcement of MetaMask's bridging feature, which allows users to switch between different networks and connect with decentralized applications seamlessly. Together, these updates demonstrate MetaMask's commitment to building a more user-friendly and secure platform for interacting with the decentralized web.
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Consensys is a leading Ethereum and decentralized protocols software company. We enable developers, enterprises, and people worldwide to build next-generation applications, launch modern financial infrastructure, and access the decentralized web. Our product suite, composed of Infura, Quorum, Codefi, MetaMask, MetaMask Institutional, Truffle, Diligence, and our NFT platform, serves millions of users, supports billions of blockchain-based queries for our clients, and has handled billions of dollars in digital assets. Ethereum is the largest programmable blockchain in the world, leading in business adoption, developer community, and DeFi activity. On this trusted, open-source foundation, we are building the digital economy of tomorrow. To explore our products and solutions, visit https://consensys.io.