What is EOS?
EOS is a decentralized blockchain with the ability to power applications on a global scale, including decentralized applications (dApps). EOS held a year-long initial coin offering (ICO) in 2017, with a total of 200 million (20% of the tokens) distributed during a five-day period, 700 million more (70%) were distributed over the rest of the year, and 100 million (10%) held in escrow for block.one.
EOS is the native token of the EOSIO blockchain.
The aim is to process fast and ‘free’ transactions for users. There are many other blockchain projects that you can build dApps on via smart contracts, but the gating-factor is speed. EOS hopes to set new standards for processing power.
EOS remains an early-stage project and is not yet fully developed and built.
What are the project's goals?
You could dumb this down to a simple sentence. EOS is often referred to as ‘The Ethereum killer’ by its supporters. It aims to do everything Ethereum does, but better. On paper, both networks are similar and host dApps, but EOS is shooting for speed and processing power. Like all blockchains, scalability is key.
The EOS blockchain will use a new consensus model called Delegated-Proof-of-Stake (DPoS). This could fix many of the problems Ethereum is wrestling with using Proof-of-work (PoW). EOS doesn’t need a node permanently connected to the network to reach consensus and transaction approval. The EOS approach uses a ‘Witness’ to keep the EOS network secure on a paid basis. If they don’t perform they’re voted off the network and a backup witness used. This reduces the centralization and red tape that holds some blockchains back.
What determines the price of EOS?
The market through the forces of supply and demand. Simply put, like most assets, the value of EOS is based on how much someone is willing to pay. Global distribution means the price of EOS is determined globally. There can be slight variations between exchanges, but big differences can’t arise because traders are always on the lookout for arbitrage opportunities.
How much EOS is on the open market?
There are 933,893,927 EOS tokens on the open market, with a total supply of 1,020,593,938 EOS.
What the bears are saying
- Competition: There's more than ever. Not just Ethereum. With NEO making progress and Cardano speeding ahead, EOS needs to start winning over developers to build useful dApps on their blockchain.
- The product: With the biggest ICO in history ($700million), it’s surprising that EOS doesn't have a fully-working product yet. This has given many investors cold feet. The age-old debate that plagues many cryptocurrencies also haunts EOS. Many start out with promises of centralization as per Satoshi Nakamoto’s original whitepaper. In the end, compromises are often made in the interests of scalability, partnerships, and a viable product. The small number of block producers as well as the risk of low voter turnout calls the principle of democratic governance on the EOS platform into question. The fact that users can’t audit the network without running a full-node analysis also makes decentralization claims questionable.
What the bulls are saying
- Speed: Speed is one of the big selling points of the EOS blockchain with the goal of handling millions of transactions per second.
- Developer platform: EOS is developer-friendly with a web toolkit and built-in functions such as role-based permissioning.
- Zero fees: The EOS network is designed for fixed-rate inflation of 5% a year. This will be used to pay miners for validating transactions and producing blocks, as well as to sponsor 3 dApp proposals that are chosen by consensus. As a result, fees are practically eliminated for users.
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This content is correct as of October 2020
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