In an announcement, blockchain infrastructure provider InfStones said that it’s expecting a heightened market demand for ETH staking as the Shanghai upgrade comes. Capitalizing on the event, the platform said that it is aiming to attract more participants to the Ethereum ecosystem by creating an easier staking experience through its validator service.
InfStones founder Zhenwu Shi said that their Ethereum validator service lets anyone launch validator nodes for staking purposes with just a few clicks. In addition, the platform also allows participants with less than 32 ETH to stake their tokens after the Shanghai upgrade. At the moment, there is a requirement of 32 ETH to participate in staking.
Apart from users, the project is also targeting institutional investors by providing a way to set up around 1,000 validators for ETH staking with its platform.
Meanwhile, pressure from regulators in the United States and the Shapella upgrade are being cited as the reason why Ethereum staking deposits have slightly declined. On April 10, blockchain analytics firm Glassnode highlighted that deposit trends by staking providers have shifted over time. According to analysts, liquid staking platforms may get a boost when ETH gets released from the Beacon Chain following the Shapella update.
After Ethereum core developers set the date for the Shapella upgrade, community members expressed various sentiments on the news. Many praised the developers for the next milestone for the Ethereum ecosystem. Meanwhile, as others celebrated, some chose to have fun and suggest that those who will get their profits from staking should buy nonfungible tokens with their ETH.