- Binance, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges by trading volume, supports the staking of Tron (TRX) since October 1.
- Holders of TRX can expect an estimated annual return of 1% to 3% by holding the coin on the exchange.
- However, there is also criticism from the crypto community, as Binance voted for itself as Super Representative.
Binance has activated the support for the staking of Tron (TRX) since October 01, 2019, as the exchange announced on Monday. Without actively participating in the voting process for Tron’s 27 Super Representatives, users can earn TRX through Binance. Binance forwards the staking reward directly to its users. Users only need to keep at least 5 TRX on their wallet in order to receive the staking reward.
Staking service @Binance. You literally don't have to do anything. Your funds on Binance automatically participate. You can still trade as you normally would.
Keeping it simple!https://t.co/CR0Fqpde6d
— CZ 🔶 BNB (@cz_binance) September 27, 2019
Tron (TRX) uses a Delegated Proof of Stake as a consensus mechanism where 27 Super Representatives are elected by the TRX holders. The Super Representatives are responsible for the creation and validation of the new blocks and will receive 32 TRX per block as of today. Among the Super Representatives it is common that the block reward is passed on to the users. This is practically an election gift so that the Super Representative will be re-elected.
As the Tronscan data shows, Binance simply voted itself as one of 27 Super Representatives. With around 59.5 percent of all votes, Binance received by far the most votes in the last polls. The curious thing is that 100 percent of the votes came from Binance itself. This means that Binance is using its approximately 14.3 billion TRX, which the exchange keeps for its users to vote for themselves, as Justin Sun indirectly confirmed via Twitter:
TMuA6YqfCeX8EhbfYEg5y7S4DqzSJireY9 is binance cold wallet address. So it is from binance hot wallet to binance cold wallet.
— H.E. Justin Sun 孙宇晨 (@justinsuntron) June 28, 2019
According to Binance’s press release, the TRX Staking Reward will be distributed for the first time by November 1, 2019. Since 01 October 2019, Binance has started taking hourly snapshots of users’ TRX balances. The calculation will be based on the balance and the TRX rewards will be calculated daily and distributed monthly. Distributions will be completed before the 10th of each month.
Criticism on Binance
Since Binance accounts for almost 60 percent of all TRX voters and voted for itself as Super Representative, there is of course criticism of the campaign. The recently announced update in the distribution of the Staking Reward also plays a role here. As CNF reported, Justin Sun announced an update for the Delegated Proof-of-Stake a few days ago to increase decentralization.
According to the announcement, the block reward for the Super Representative, which creates the block, will be reduced from 32 TRX to 16 TRX. In return, a new reward will be introduced, which distributes 160 TRX among the top 127 nodes, proportional to the number of votes received.
This change now appears in a different light in the context of Binance’s announcement. The change will result in Binance receiving by far the largest share of the staking reward (around 60 percent of all votes). It is therefore not surprising that there are voices from the Tron community, especially from other Super Representatives, who see a coherence. Due to the close temporal connection, some voices suspect an agreement between Binance CEO, Changpeng Zhao and Tron CEO, Justin Sun, who were already close in the past.
Of course, there is no evidence of this. Nevertheless, the announcements still seems to have a certain twist.