Staking Risk Acknowledgement

Prior to staking your crypto assets, you acknowledge that:

  • (i) on September 15, 2022, the Ethereum Network transitioned from a “proof-of-work” protocol to a “proof-of-stake” protocol (the “Merge”) whereby the original execution layer of the Ethereum Mainnet was merged with Ethereum’s new proof-of-stake consensus layer, the Beacon Chain; (ii) the Merge upgrade did not include certain anticipated features such as the ability to withdraw staked ETH; (iii) the “Shanghai upgrade” is planned to follow the Merge, following which users will be able to withdraw staked ETH and rewards from the network; (iv) the Shanghai upgrade is anticipated to roll-out six to twelve months following the Merge; and (v) withdrawing staked ETH or rewards will not be supported by Bitbuy until the completion of the Shanghai upgrade;
  • given the volatility of crypto assets, the value of your staked ETH when you sell or withdraw it, and the value of any rewards you earn through staking, may be significantly less than their current value;
  • (i) Bitbuy’s custodian, BitGo, will be entitled to a fee in respect of rewards earned on your staked ETH and may pay a portion of that fee to any third-party service provider it selects to act as validator; (ii) any remaining portion of the rewards (the “Net Rewards”) will be delivered to one of Bitbuy’s custodial wallets with BitGo; (iii) Bitbuy will be entitled to a fee of 30% in respect of the Net Rewards (the “Bitbuy Service Fee”); and (iv) after the Bitbuy Service Fee has been paid, your account will be credited with any remaining portion of the rewards, and, subject to any unbonding or lock-up period, you will be able to hold, sell or withdraw your rewards;
  • there is no guarantee that you will receive any rewards on staked ETH;  
  • past rewards are not indicative of expected future rewards;
  • the rewards you are entitled to may be changed at the discretion of Bitbuy;
  • you may lose all or a portion of your staked ETH if the validator does not perform as required by the network; and