Polkadot Network is closer to launch the long-awaited parachain functionality as it has finalized the first round of parachain slot auctions for its sister network Kusama.
Kusama (KSM) is known as a “canary network” for Polkadot and its big goals.
This means that Kusama is the testing ground for all the technologies that Polkadot will implement on the mainnet.
The fifth and final parachain slot auction, from Kusama’s first batch of five parachain, ended on July 20 with Bifrost Finance as the winner.
The launch of parachain in Kusama is the culmination of a multi-stage process. It started with the launch of Kusama Chain Candidate 1 (CC1) in August 2019. In order to prepare for the first parachain slot auction in Kusama, several teams have already implemented parachain for testing and optimization in the Ro cocó and Westend testnets.
Polkadot and Kusama Network support a limited number of parachain slots estimated at around 100. For this reason, interested projects are competing to win a parachain slot auction, using DOT or KSM tokens, to occupy a parachain slot on the Kusama platform.
These slots will be leased to projects for a limited period of time: 48 weeks for Kusama and 2 years for Polkadot’s main chain.
The auctions are conducted through a collective loan, where the work fanatics agree to block KSM on their parachain list in exchange for governance tokens.
Public auctions for Kusama’s parachain collections began on June 15.
Karura wins the first auction of parachain in Kusama
The DeFi Karura platform was the winner of the first parachain auction in Kusama. On June 22, Kusama announced on his Twitter account that Karura was the first winner.
The first auction took place over seven days, and Karura emerged victorious with a winning bid of KSM 501,137.66, which was financed through a community-backed collective loan (Karura crowdfunded her winning bid).
Karura’s Network is scalable and EVM compliant, while its DeFi platform enables users to trade, earn, lend, borrow, and much more with micro gas fees that can be paid with any cryptocurrency. Karura’s suite of products includes a decentralized automated market making (AMM) exchange called Karura DEX, a derivative of trustless staking known as Liquid KSM (LKSM), and the multi-sided kUSD stablecoin that is backed by cross-chain assets.
Second Auction: Moonriver Joins Karura On Kusama Streaming Chain
Moonriver Network became the second real parachain in Polkadot’s Canarian network, Kusama, by winning the second parachain auction.
On June 29, Kusama announced on his Twitter account that Moonriver was the second winner.
Around 6,000 network participants locked KSM tokens to support Moonriver’s bid to win the second round of auctions.
Like Karura, Moonriver has been one of the most active projects in the Rococó testnet.
Shiden became the third project to win a parachain position in Kusama
Shiden is the sister project of Polkadot’s leading native layer 2 decentralized application hub, Astar Network (previously Plasm). After Karura and Moonriver, Shiden won the third parachain position in Kusama.
On July 6, Kusama announced on his Twitter account that Shiden was the third winner.
Shiden protected the slot with a total of 137,020 linked KSM tokens, worth nearly $29 million at current costs.
The Canarian network Khala de Phala wins the fourth Kusama auction
Phala Network won the fourth Kusama parachain slot auction with 132,280 Kusama (KSM) contributed by 2,759 addresses. In this way, he became Kusama’s fifth parachain.
Over 2,700 network stakeholders have blocked KSM to support Khala’s actual addition to their network.
The news was published on the Kusama Twitter account on July 13.
Bifrost wins the fifth Kusama slot auction
Raising over 139k KSM coins from over 5k unique addresses, the project, which allows liquidity staking on the Polkadot substrate, won the fifth and final Kusama Parachain auction slot.
The news was published on the Kusama Network Twitter account on July 20.
With the incorporation of Bifrost, the first batch of Kusama parachains culminates. Before the second batch of five auctions begins, a pause is expected to assess the
overall performance of the network.
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