Waves, an open platform for Web 3.0 applications and custom decentralized solutions, today released its updated protocol version Node 1.1, which includes a mechanism for block generation rewards in addition to the current transaction fees.

WAVES Rewards

Every generated block will add another 6 WAVES to the overall circulating supply, which was previously limited to 100,000,000 WAVES. The reward for block generation is to be agreed by network participants via a voting process that concludes every 100,000 blocks, or around 70 days. Block rewards can be increased or decreased by 0.5 WAVES each period or left unchanged.

Many platforms (including Waves) use voting to allow miners to accept or reject new features. There are also examples of miners and nodes voting for certain network parameters. Yet, no platform has ever experimented with giving the community complete control over monetary policy, given that, at the same time, the commission size changes with the set speed, providing predictability for investors. The implemented model has the advantage that miners each express their preference on monetary policy, and the final decision is calculated taking into account all of their votes in proportion to their stakes.

“Cases of sustainable, self-regulating monetary systems like ours serve as an example of how traditional monetary models may evolve in the future on a global scale. In this context, blockchain can provide mechanisms for decentralized economic governance by a greater number and breadth of financial agents than simply a country’s central committee.”
– Sasha Ivanov, Waves Founder, and CEO

The introduction of block generation rewards means that miners’ revenues are set to increase significantly, to a target of 5% annually. In recent weeks, Waves miners have already seen revenues from transactions on the network increasing, thanks to the launch of smart contracts functionality in June 2019 and a growing number of dApps on the Waves Platform.

Check out the release information on GitHub.