DFG Group, a global blockchain investment firm controlling $1 billion in assets under management, has announced it had pledged 300,000 DOT tokens (worth $12.65 million) in support of Astar Network’s parachain bid.
It has been reported that Polkadot will use parachain auctions to realize its sharded proof-of-stake ecosystem. In order to secure a parachain or shard on the Polkadot network, projects compete in auctions by bidding to lock up large sums of DOT for the duration of a parachain slot’s lease.
However, projects competing for parachain slots distribute governance to tokens to users who contribute dot to their parachain auction bids. Astar Network, previously known as Plasm, is vying to build a decentralized application hub on Polkadot that supports Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) and Web Assembly-based smart contracts.
The report said that according to the November 15 announcement, DFG has made the pledge through the Bifrost’s Slot Auction Liquidity Protocol (SALP), which allows users to participate in parachain auctions held on both Polkadot and Kusama.
Likewise, Bifrost’s SALP platform allows users to contribute to a wide range of parachain auctions, while also providing participants with liquid staking derivatives representing their underlying DOT contributions.
James Wo, the Founder and CEO of DFG, said:
“Aside from a very strong team, Astar addresses a critical interoperability issue and bridges Polkadot with Ethereum, which will bring a great number of experienced teams to this ecosystem.”
The company is an early investor in new and emerging protocols including Polkadot, Kusama, Avalanche, Solana, and Near. Astar is currently in the third spot in the first Polkadot parachain auction which began on November 11. Astar has a total of 6.6 million DOT worth around $281 million staked for its crowdloan.
Acala Network is currently leading the crowdloan race with 30.7 million DOT pledged worth roughly $1.3 billion. Moonbeam, an EVM-compatible smart contract platform, ranks as close second place also with 30.6 million DOT locked up. DFG also pledged 500,000 DOT to Acala in early November before the auction commenced.
The first auction will run until November 18 and the winner is decided by the Dutch candle method, with the precise moment of the auction’s close determined retroactively at the end of the bidding period.
Thus, the projects that win Polkadot’s first five parachain slots will go LIVE on December 17 and will hold the slot until there their lease period ends.