Zilliqa (ZIL) - All you need to know

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Updated: Jan 31, 2022

What is Zilliqa?

Zilliqa works in a similar way to Ethereum, and its ZIL coin is used for peer-to-peer transactions or to reward contributors to the platform. Zilling (ZIL) is the cryptocurrency that powers the Zilliqa platform.

Zilliqa was the first blockchain with ‘sharding’ technology to become publicly available. Sharding carries out transactions much faster than original blockchains because it divides up the work required.

Although Zilliqa was the first, there are now a lot more platforms that use sharding. The extra competition has prevented ZIL from gaining value to the same extent as other cryptocurrencies. It hit its all-time high of $0.18 in May 2018 but quickly fell from that level, then spent most of 2019 and 2020 below $0.01.

How does Zilliqa work?

ZIL coins are used on the Zilliqa platform to pay for transactions, validate smart contracts, and can be staked to earn interest. ZIL offers a high yield for staking – up to 6% annually – to encourage people to hold on to their coins.

Zilliqa was the first of many platforms to use sharding to make the blockchain scalable. Sharding is a technique of dividing up blocks so they can perform transactions independently and at the same time, before bringing them together again to add a full block onto the end of the blockchain.

With sharding, platforms can process transactions exponentially faster. Zilliqa can perform many thousands of transactions per second, and the extra speed opens up blockchain technology to a whole range of different uses. The Zilliqa platform has already been used for finance, gaming, and advertising applications.

Ways to invest in Zilliqa

The easiest way is to use a broker or cryptocurrency exchange. You can sign up in a matter of moments and start buying, selling, or trading coins straight away.

This method is best whether you’re interested in making lots of trades quickly to benefit from short term price changes, or want to hold for the long term. The links below take you to more information about the different ways of investing.

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What is Zilliqa?

Zilliqa is a platform for building decentralised applications. Its big selling point is its speed, as it can process transactions a lot faster than other blockchain platforms. The Zilliqa coin is an important part of running the platform, or it can be traded on the market like any other digital asset.

The best route to understanding Zilliqa runs through our Ethereum 101 course. The two platforms are similar, and by learning about Ethereum you can get a good grounding in how Zilliqa works. Use that as a jumping-off point so you understand what you’re investing in.

How to invest in Zilliqa

There are lots of different ways you can get involved. The best way for you depends on how quickly you want to see returns, how much you want to invest, and what you want to do with your coins. Use the list below to learn more about each one before you make a decision.

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