LidoDAO (LDO) Introduces stETH Support For Layer-2 Networks Optimism And Arbitrum

Lido DAO (LDO) Introduces stETH Support on Layer 2 Networks Optimism and Arbitrum

Staking provider Lido will offer its users new functionality to directly bridge their wrapped stETH to the popular L2 networks and reduce gas fees.

The leading liquid staking provider announced the introduction of support for the wrapped version of its staked ether (stETH) token on Ethereum Layer-2 networks Optimism and Arbitrum.

Lido, which currently manages almost 29% of all staked ETH, revealed to users on Twitter that they would now able to directly bridge their wrapped stETH tokens (wstETH) to the popular L2 networks, while “preserving the unique properties of stETH in the process”.

Optimism and Arbitrum are among the most popular Layer-2 scaling solutions. The protocols utilize optimistic rollups to substantially reduce gas fees by processing transactions in bundles on separate chains, and sending them to the mainnet to be added to the ledger.

According to DefiLlama, the protocols cumulatively have almost $2 billion of total value locked between them.

Optimism and Arbitrum are not the first L2 protocols that Lido has integrated with. The staking provider also supports wstETH on zkSync, a zkrollup-based network which is preparing for the release of zkEVM on mainnet this later this month, as well as Aztec, a Layer-2 privacy protocol.

What Is Staked Ether (stETH)?

Lido’s stETH, which has a market cap of almost $5 billion, is a liquid token that represents an equivalent amount of ETH that has been staked. Unlike direct staking, users are able to stake any amount of ETH in exchange for daily rewards.

Staked Ether has become an increasingly popular asset among DeFi enthusiasts due to the diverse investment opportunities it provides. For example, users can deposit their stETH on protocols like Aave to generate additional yield, or even use it as collateral in order to mint the DAI stablecoin on MakerDAO. This means that, instead of the baseline staking APY of 4%, users can amplify their staking returns by two, three, or more times.

Stakers can also wrap their stETH tokens. wrapped staked Ether  (wstETH) offers the same benefits as stETH, but the tokens differ in how they reflect accrued staking rewards. While a stETH balance increases periodically, wstETH balance is constant and only eventually increases in value (in the form of more stETH).

On the Flipside

  • Token bridges are risky, and multiple bridging services have been exploited for millions of dollars in the past.
  • Lido represents 29% of all staked ETH. Though the protocol is decentralized, some are worried it is becoming too crowded.

Why You Should Care

Lido is the largest liquid staking provider on the market. The extension of support for Optimism and Arbitrum will allow stakers to significantly reduce the gas fees associated with staking.

Read more about Lido’s dominance in the staking market:
Is PoS Ethereum More Centralized? Two Platforms Add 42% of Ethereum (ETH) Blocks Post-Merge

Read about the SEC’s probe into Coinbase’s staking business:
The SEC Opens Probe into Coinbase’s Crypto Yield and Staking Products

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Rue Abernai is a blockchain content writer focused on Web 3.0 domains, DeFi, and Ethereum Layer-2s. Rue believes blockchain technology has the potential to transform how we see and interact with society, economy, and culture. Rue spends his spare time hiking, playing with his dog, and reading. He has been active in blockchain and cryptocurrencies since 2020.