Google Cloud has joined EigenLayer’s “Operator Working Group” alongside greater than 65 different operators and solo stakers, a consultant for EigenLabs, the developer behind EigenLayer, advised Blockworks.
Google Cloud Web3 now seems as a node operator on the Goerli testnet for EigenLayer — a restaking protocol that lets ether (ETH) be staked on a number of platforms directly. Google Cloud confirmed the cloud computing service’s participation in EigenLayer’s testnet in an electronic mail to Blockworks.
Google Cloud declined to touch upon whether or not it has plans to maneuver to EigenLayer’s mainnet or if the protocol can be added to Google Cloud’s Blockchain Node Engine.
EigenLabs additionally couldn’t affirm whether or not Google Cloud would stay as a node operator as soon as node operation goes to mainnet. Representatives stated they count on Google Cloud’s assist to proceed, because the aim of testnet is to organize for mainnet.
EigenLayer went stay for stakers, who earn rewards by locking of their staked ether, in June. Operators, who improve safety and permit stakers to delegate property, are nonetheless in testnet.
EigenLayer has stated it expects mainnet deployment to occur within the first half of 2024.
Google Cloud, the cloud computing service provided by Google, has been on a gradual march into Web3 since Bloomberg first reported Google’s creation of a blockchain division in January 2022.
Later that yr, Google Cloud launched the Blockchain Node Engine, a service meant to let builders run blockchain community nodes extra simply. Google Cloud launched a web3 startup program in April 2023.
Google Cloud confirmed an curiosity in staking earlier than the EigenLayer integration, changing into a Polygon validator in September. The funding was minimal from the tech large, although: Google Cloud has the second-smallest stake out of greater than 100 validators.
The cross-chain protocol LayerZero partnered with Google Cloud in September 2023, with the corporate changing into LayerZero’s default oracle to confirm transactions throughout blockchains.
Google Cloud’s transfer into Web3 has not been with out controversy, with some seeing the behemoth cloud computing service’s presence as a strike in opposition to decentralization.