Introduction to Validators

Replay is an open and permissionless subchain that allows individuals to participate as Validator nodes to support the tracking protocol.

Solo staking in the Replay Subchain involves running a validator node connected to the internet and depositing a specified amount of RPLAY tokens to activate the validator. By solo staking, you directly participate in the network’s consensus mechanism, contributing to its decentralization and security. This guide will walk you through the process of setting up and running a Replay Subchain Validator.

If you need assistance during the setup process or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our support team via Discord(#validator-support) or email at [email protected]. We are dedicated to helping the community make Replay more decentralized and are happy to assist you along the way.

One of the main advantages of solo staking is the level of control it offers. When you solo stake, you retain full control over your staked tokens and the setup of your validator. You maintain ownership of your own keys, enabling you to choose the combination of clients and hardware that aligns with your risk tolerance and contributes to the network’s health and security.

Before opting for solo staking, it’s important to consider certain factors. These include being comfortable with computers, possessing the necessary technical knowledge to operate hardware and software components effectively, secure key management, regular maintenance of the node, reliable uptime, and understanding the potential slashing risks associated with validator misbehavior. For more details on these considerations, please refer to the Theta Metachain whitepaper.

Before staking with real tokens, it is advisable to test your setup and operational skills by setting up a validator that connects to the Replay Subchain TestNet.

Note: Successful setup of any validators and verified by the RPLAY team will be airdropped 150,000 RPLAY tokens vesting over 12 months (12,500 RPLAY per month). This comes from our validator rewards pool and the amount rewarded will be subject to change based on the limited availability of the pool.