Staking Provider Tier

Corporate entities / Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO) that provide validator services.

Tier 2 providers can be characterized as providers of "Staking as a Service." From these providers, it is reasonable to anticipate the following:

  1. They offer an above-average Annual Percentage Rate (APR).

  2. They use anInvestigation required: ​​ They fully disclosed their node operators for each chain infrastructure setup resulting in slashing rates below the industry average.

  3. They demonstrate a level of accountability for any actions or faults that may occur.

Typically, we expect the following attributes for providers identified as Tier 2:

  1. Accessibility: The process of delegating tasks to the provider should be straightforward, whether the delegating party is an institution or an individual.

  2. Responsibility: A specific entity must be held accountable for the service provided. There should be consequences in the event of non-compliance or failure to deliver as promised.

  3. Public Service Offering: Staking services should be the provider's principal offering and should be openly stated.

  4. Financial Stability: Tier 2 providers, particularly those offering liquid staking, should not present abnormal APR rates compared to their peers within the same tier.

  5. Non-Exchange Identity: Tier 2 providers should not be exchanges, as their staking rates are based on methods (bounded/flexible), which are often complex and require extensive research to understand fully.

the criteria for the selection process are:



Delegation can be accomplished with just a few simple clicks.


Comprehensive documentation is available, facilitating a smooth delegation process.


A contact form is available, and 'institutional' staking is actively promoted.


The provider conducts operations under a legitimate legal entity, such as a corporation.


The provider functions as a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO). Furthermore, its governance token is listed among the top 100 tokens by market capitalization on CoinMarketCap (CMC).


The provider must publicly declare that they offer staking-as-a-ervice.


If the provider offers its staking solution via Liquid Staking Derivatives, the identities of the node operators should be disclosed. Moreover, over 75% of these node operators must meet the criteria specified for Tier 2 categorization.

Exchange exclusion

The provider should not engage in offering online trading services.

To be classified as a Tier 2 provider, an entity must satisfy at least one criterion from each category.

Examples of Tier 2:

Examples of Non-Tier 2:

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