Lisk, the blockchain application platform, announced today plans to issue block rewards to Lisk delegates, a critical milestone that will be reached before the end of 2016. In welcome news for community members contributing to the network, development of the Lisk protocol has sufficiently advanced and stabilized, allowing for forging rewards to be awarded to delegates for the first time. For every block forged, a process similar to Bitcoin mining, every elected delegate will be awarded 5 LSK.
Founded in early 2016, Lisk completed an Initial Coin Offering in May and attracted approximately 14,000 BTC, now worth approximately $10 million USD. At the time, Lisk’s ICO became the second most successful cryptocurrency crowdfund to date, and it remains among the top 25 largest crowdfunds in history. Subsequently, the Lisk core team has aggressively pursued development of its platform, hiring and recruiting programmers, engineers, and other contributors from around the world.
“We’re excited to share great news with our community. Upon reaching block 1451520, the platform will automatically initiate the issuance of block rewards, whereby 5 LSK will be sent directly to each elected delegate for every block they forge. We can now announce that this block will be reached before the end of 2016,” said Max Kordek, CEO and Co-Founder of Lisk.l
In preparation for the roll out of the rewards, Lisk released version 0.5.0 to the testnet with improved stabilization. The development team focused on increasing block propagation efficiency and reliability by adding a new “Broadhash” implementation.
In addition, the team rewrote the peer to peer transport layer, massively reducing CPU usage under high loads; expanded test coverage with further refactoring of legacy code; strengthened schema validations for better data integrity; and implemented various mitigations against multiple edge-case fork occurrences.
Lisk will now begin the development of Lisk 0.6.0 to be completed over the coming month. The forthcoming version brings a complete rewrite of all database logic, allowing for faster block processing and atomicity. It will also add further intelligence to the unconfirmed transaction memory pool, which is designed to open the way for larger block sizes.
Currently valued at over $19 million, LSK, the cryptocurrency underpinning the platform, sits in 15th place of the most valuable digital currencies.
“Looking ahead into early 2017, we expect to have made drastic progression on stabilization of the Lisk sidechains and the development of the App SDK – a unique feature to our blockchain application platform. We look forward to sharing much more progress with the community in the coming weeks,” added Kordek.
Lisk was founded by Max Kordek and Oliver Beddows in 2016, in their stellar crowdsale they attracted over 14,000 BTC in funding, making Lisk the most successful crowdfunded entity in German history. Consequently, Lisk has attracted developers from around the world and prominent advisors like Charles Hoskinson and Steven Nerayoff, who have helped foster a growing ecosystem around blockchain applications and services. Lisk is headquartered in Berlin in the iconic business district at the Sony Center.