Polkadot Parachain Auctions on Kraken and Binance Explained

Polkadot Parachain Auctions on Kraken and Binance Explained

In this article we will explain how to join a Polkadot parachain auction on Kraken or Binance.

What is a Polkadot parachain auction and what are the rewards? Why should you join? Should you join via a centralized exchange like Kraken or Binance or should you lend directly to the project?

We will explain and answer all these questions for you.

Polkadot parachain lending is good way to earn free tokens but there are also many different options to earn crypto passive income.

No Financial Advice, Information only. Do your own research

What is a Polkadot Parachain Auction?

Polkadot parachains are intended to connect to Polkadot by leasing a slot, via an auction, on the Relay Chain for up to 96 weeks with an option to review.

How to join a Polkadot Parachain Auction on Kraken?

The process to join a Polkadot parachain auction on Kraken is very straight forward. This is one of the main reason to join a Polkadot parachain auction via a centralized exchange, like Kraken or Binance.

Here, we have created a step-by-step guide. 

  1. Sign up for a Kraken account
  2. Deposit or buy Kusama (KSM) or Polkadot (DOT)
  3. Navigate to Earn > Parachains (See screenshot below)
  4. Select the project you would like to support
  5. Enter amount of Kusama KSM or Polkadot DOT to contribute
  6. Select contribute and confirm (see the second screenshot)
Polkadot Parachain Auctions on Kraken explained screenshot

In the screenshot below you

  • Select the amount you want to contribute
  • See the contribution endate
  • Parachain duration (Purposed by the project team  and this his how long your KSM/DOT will be locked)
  • Estimated reward (Decided by the project team. The actucal reward might vary)
  • Minimum contribution
  • Reward fee (This fee is charged from Kraken and taken from your reward. You DOT contribution is untouched)

Kraken Polkadot Parachain Auction Pros and Cons

There are some pros and cons associated with investing in parachains auctions on a centralized exchange

Pros

  • Very easy to use, especially if you already have DOT at Kraken
  • A third party that might be able to handle any questions that arise
  • Convenient for new users that are not yet familiar with DeFi
  • It reduces the risks that you sign up with a scam since Kraken will probably only list legit projects

Cons

  • Kraken takes a 2-5% fee 

How to join a Polkadot Parachain Auction on Binance?

So, how to join a Polkadot Parachain auction on Binance?

Well, its as easy as with Kraken

  1. Create an account with Binance and sign in
  2. Navigate to Finance>Binance Earn. Scroll down and look for “DOT Slot Auction” (See the screenshot below)
  3. Once you have clicked, you will be taken to a list with all available auctions. Click on the on you wish to contribute to. (See the second screenshot)

Navigate to Binance Earn DOT Slot Auction

Ongoing DOT Slot Auctions on Binance Earn

DOT Slot Auctions on Binance Earn Terms and Conditions

As you see in the screenshot below, you will be asked to enter the amount you want to stake. In addition, there is some information about

  • What project you intend to fund
  • How long you lock your funds 
  • What token you will earn
  • Total maximum lock up for the project
  • How much you want to stake for the project
  • Minimum amount to stake
  • Agree to terms and conditions
Polkadot Parachain Auctions Terms and Condistions on Binance Earn explained screenshot

Binance Polkadot Parachain Auction Pros and Cons

Binance Earn pros and cons for Polkadot parachain auctions

Pros

  • Very easy and convenient way to contribute
  • More likely to avoid scams since Binance would only list legit projects
  • Binance doesn’t charge anything for this service
  • Binance even have additional rewards in form of warm-up period.
Cons
  • You have the 3th party risk since your funds are deposited to Binance

No Financial Advice, Information only. Do your own research

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