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What is KSM?

Kusama was founded by Gavin Wood, founder of Polkadot and former co-founder of Ethereum. He created Kusama as an independent project, which also exists as a testnet for Polkadot.

Often called Polkadot's "canary network", Kusama has a fast-paced development environment. This allows more radical testing in real economic conditions than its more conservative cousin, Polkadot. As a result, all non-transaction-based governance processes are around four times faster on Kusama.

Like Polkadot, Kusama's blockchain is a relay chain that coordinates both communication and governance between its attached parachains. Kusama is also built using near-identical Substrate-based technology and the nPOS (Nominated Proof-of-Stake) consensus mechanism. Both cousin blockchains are multichains with on-chain governance, hot-swap runtimes for forkless upgrades and XCM messaging for interoperability.

Kusama has a strong use case for early-stage startup networks looking to build their custom blockchain thanks to lower entry barriers for parachain deployers. With low bond requirements and fast iterations, Kusama is an exciting protocol with innovation, disruption and cutting-edge technology at its forefront.

KSM is Kusama's native token, used for decentralized governance and network validation.

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What can I do after I buy KSM?

Invest in an innovative, fast-iteration network with the potential for rapid technological growth. With Kusama, you can do much more than letting it sit in your OKX wallet.

Participate in Open Governance

Become a network participant on Kusama to vote and have a say in fast-paced referendums and iterations. Kusama adapts and innovates much faster than a traditional blockchain like Polkadot, enabling the community to realize tangible progress. Kusama also has low slashing penalties, encouraging greater validator participation.

Launch Your Custom Parachain Blockchain

The Kusama network is ideal for early-stage startup networks, thanks to low entry barriers. Kusama’s disruptive innovation can be a great ecosystem for startup networks to build brand and community before Polkadot deployment. Both validators and parachains have very low bond requirements on Kusama.

Leverage Global Kusama Community

Whether you’re looking to build a parachain or dApp, with your KSM holdings, you are a part of Kusama’s dedicated global community of developers – a valuable resource for learning and growth. Be exposed to a pre-production environment for Polkadot.

Enjoy Next-Gen Features

Compared to Kusama, Polkadot is highly secure but also more conservative and rigid when it comes to upgrades and iterations. By being a part of the Kusama ecosystem that acts as a test nest, you are exposed to the latest technology and exclusive new features not yet available on the DOT blockchain.

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    If you already own Kusama, you can transfer it straight to your OKX wallet. OKX is an excellent platform for storing your holdings due to our low trading fees and top security processes.
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    If you choose to swap your USDT holdings to Kusama using our OKX Convert, you pay zero fees for an instant swap. You might have to pay a small fee for a USDT purchase or spot trading against popular KSM trading pairs. However, OKX has competitively low trading fees compared to other platforms.
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