Swell Network Enables Liquid Ethereum (ETH) Staking via InfStones Collab

Swell Network, a permissionless, non-custodial, and liquid Ethereum (ETH) staking protocol, announced a partnership with InfStones, a blockchain infrastructure provider, “to enable greater flexibility, transparency, and yield in ETH liquid staking.”

Swell is reportedly the first protocol that “allows stakers to select the node operator they wish to stake ETH with, enabling greater staker choice.” Through this partnership, Swell enables stakers “to natively select InfStones as a verified node operator and therefore tap into all the benefits of next-generation liquid staking.”

Daniel Dizon, Co-Founder of Swell Network Decentralized Autonomous Organisation (DAO), said:

“Swell is proud to partner with highly experienced and proven node operators like InfStones to provide a new and more direct way of staking Ethereum. Our goal is to build a marketplace for node operators and stakers to engage, effectively removing the middlemen and returning to Ethereum’s decentralised ideals.”

He continued:

“Partnering with trusted node operators is key to this. By integrating Swell’s liquid derivative token and financial Non-Fungible Token (NFT) design with InfStone’s institutional-grade Ethereum node management infrastructure, Swell can provide stakers with a more robust, transparent, and flexible solution for their Ethereum holdings.”

InfStones will become “one of the first verified node operators to join the Swell Network DAO, providing leading institutional-grade node management for Swell to deliver the future of ETH liquid staking.”

Under this arrangement, InfStones will “run validator nodes on Swell, which operate at the protocol layer to provide stakers with a 1:1 asset-backed ETH staking derivative contained within the Swell Financial NFT (swNFT), known as Swell Ether (swETH).”

The unique combination of issuing both tokens “when a staker stakes with Swell enables a powerful mix of liquidity, transparency, and ownership.” The swETH token is “designed to earn higher yields throughout the decentralised finance economy on top of the base layer Ethereum staking rewards.”

At the same time, the swNFT “enables the highest levels of clarity and information for stakers, down to the validator level.” The token functions “as a certifier of ownership – a ‘proof’ of your ‘stake’.”

This signifies “an entirely new level of transparency for stakers with users now being able to access information about their staked tokens whilst enjoying all the benefits of liquid staking with trusted node operators and innovative protocol design.”

In addition, InfStones will “provide investment and liquidity into Swell as part of the latter’s public launch scheduled for Q3 2022.”

The InfStones commercial and infrastructure teams will also “continue their long-standing collaboration with Swell, providing invaluable input to inform the strategic direction of the DAO as it jointly looks to capture greater institutional interest into ETH as well as drive innovation and choice within the ETH liquid staking industry.”

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