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What is Long Staking?

Long Staking - The next evolution in Staking, powered by Proton


Problems beg for solutions, and we’ve figured out a way to participate in the exciting world of alt-coins while keeping an exposure to Bitcoin: Proton long staking. Long staking allows users to lock their XPR into a contract that is tied to the performance of Bitcoin.

⚠️ Staking contracts cannot be cancelled or ended early. Ensure you are able to hold for the duration of the selected stake before initiating the transaction. 

We’ve created a long staking calculator for you to experiment with yourself, you can give it a try here. Below are a few examples of how this would work:
Simple Example:

Stake 100 satoshis worth of XPR today and receive 150 satoshis worth of XPR in 1 year.

Detailed Examples:

Example 1 - 100 XPR staked for 365 days, price of Proton is stable

XPR Staked: 100

XPR / BTC price at time of contract: 13.14

XPR / BTC price at end of contract: 13.14

XPR claimed at end of contract: 150

Example 2 - 100 XPR staked for 365 days, price of Proton falls

XPR Staked: 100

XPR / BTC price at time of contract: 13.14

XPR / BTC price at end of contract: 8.2

XPR claimed at end of contract: 240.3

Example 3 - 100 XPR staked or 365 days, price of Proton rises

XPR Staked: 100

XPR / BTC price at time of contract: 13.14

XPR / BTC price at end of contract: 16.3

XPR claimed at end of contract: 120.9

As you can see in the examples above, when BTC outperforms XPR over the long staking contract, you receive additional rewards on top of your staked amount at the end of the contract. 

This represents a ground-breaking moment for cryptocurrency. Now there is a way to invest in an altcoin, while maintaining the security of Bitcoin. We know that institutional investors are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into BTC, so by using a Proton long staking smart contract, you have the security of the investment that institutions have chosen while still gaining exposure to the potential performance of an altcoin. This is one of those rare “have your cake and eat it too” moments.


In the case that XPR continues to outperform BTC at least 5% every quarter and 50% every year, long staking does not add any inflation to the Proton ecosystem. In the scenario that XPR does not outperform, the relative underperformance is automatically covered by the long staking contract through the issuance of XPR tokens.

Long staking also creates an additional incentive to hold Proton XPR. The Proton coin forms the base on which the Proton ecosystem operates; developers need Proton to fund their dApps and everything else that Proton offers. By offering long staking contracts, developers can lock their XPR into a staking contract that is more lucrative than traditional staking contracts.

How to start long staking

To get started with long staking, visit proton.bloks.io and login with your Proton Wallet. Next, click the Wallet tab, and select the Long Staking option on the left.

You have two options for long staking: 

90-day Long Staking

In this contract, you stake an amount of XPR for 90 days. This contract offers the benefit of 105% staking rewards, meaning that you will receive 100% of the XPR you staked, plus an additional 5% based on the performance of BTC if BTC outpaced XPR during that time. If XPR outpaced BTC, however, you will simply receive 100% of your XPR back at the end of the contract with no added bonus.

365-day Long Staking

In this contract, you stake an amount of XPR for 365 days. This contract offers the benefit of 150% staking rewards, meaning that you will receive 100% of the XPR you staked, plus an additional 50% based on the performance of BTC if BTC outpaced XPR during that time. If XPR outpaced BTC, however, you will simply receive 100% of your XPR back at the end of the contract with no added bonus.


To see staking in action, take a look at our Staking Guide here.




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