The first earnings period for Secure Nodes started on December 15th, 2017. Almost 3,000 nodes shared 3.5% of the block reward. Our network quickly grew to ⅓ the size of Bitcoin’s because we allowed node operators to participate in the block rewards by running full nodes and staking 42 ZEN.
This was a large achievement considering the project only launched 6 months prior. Our idea behind Secure Nodes was simple: bring in new stakeholders; create a network of nodes which could eventually run dApps, and secure the node network via decentralization.
The current Secure Node Tracking and Payment System was an interim solution meant to kickstart the node network until payments could be moved on-chain....
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