GoodBlock Sunsets DPOS Operations

April 4, 2024  Seattle, USA  After six years of operating block producer nodes on public delegated proof-of-stake (DPoS) blockchains, GoodBlock will sunset its DPoS blockchain validating operations to focus on its other lines of business. All operations and services on Antelope.IO-based DPoS public blockchains (formerly EOS.IO) will cease. GoodBlock will continue to operate its Decide Governance Engine tools, led by its Decide Voter mobile app.

GoodBlock has been engaged in the Antelope.IO/EOS.IO protocol since its earliest days in 2017 and 2018, when GoodBlock (under the name EOS Americas) participated in the EOS Mainnet Launch Group which launched several testnets and ultimately the EOS Mainnet. Later in 2018, GoodBlock led the deployment of the Telos Blockchain, founded by GoodBlock’s CEO, Douglas Horn. GoodBlock’s developer team also served as the Telos Core Developers (TCD) for the first several years of the Telos Blockchain’s existence, creating many of the Telos core features such as block producer rotation and removal, operational improvements, and the Decide Governance Engine. Other members of the GoodBlock team were influential in this community even before joining the company. Additionally, Douglas Horn was a founder of the Antelope Coalition, a unified effort from the Telos, EOS, WAX and UX Network blockchains to take charge of the development of the EOS.IO protocol and development following the withdrawal of EOS.IO developer, Block One from further development duties. Other Antelope.IO founders include Yves La Rose, Lukas Sliwka and Guillaume Babin-Trembley. 

In recent years, GoodBlock was one of the original block producer organizations that launched the Bitcoin Libre blockchain and served as a block producer on the UX Network in addition to continuing as a block producer on Telos. In 2022 and 2023, GoodBlock consistently achieved the highest CPU benchmark performance of any mainnet block producer on any Antelope Coalition-member blockchain block producer, without using the protocol’s CPU acceleration, due to its research and development of improved hardware and software infrastructure. This speed advantage required GoodBlock to limit its top speeds so as not to overload less powerful block producer nodes on public blockchains. GoodBlock continues to develop this technology, which it will employ as a homogenous infrastructure on the Ayetu Blockchain, which is anticipated to allow Ayetu the highest capacity of any similar network, with initial aims of 40,000 TPS in sustained throughput.

Today, GoodBlock is engaged in a number of exciting projects including the African data and financial network, Ayetu, decentralized cloud storage platform, dStor, A large regenerative farming project and platform in Ghana, GreenEarth, and other projects not yet made public. DPoS blockchains offer significant technological and performance advantages over other blockchain technologies, but despite conducting the richest ICO in blockchain history ($4B), Block One never fulfilled its promises of investing into the DPoS community and infrastructure, and the protocol failed to thrive. Further, there have always been questions about the viability of DPoS as a consensus mechanism, since it appears to be susceptible to capture by small groups of whales and colluding block producers. While GoodBlock has a significant investment and leadership in the Antelope.IO technology, the company will concentrate its efforts on implementations that do not rely on the DPoS consensus mechanism.