Validators run the infrastructure: Validators, like STAKING LAND, are special blockchain nodes responsible for the provision of infrastructure as well as proposing and validating new blocks and appending them to the blockchain. Hence, together with other validators, they ensure the blockchains’ security by monitoring its accuracy, establishing validity, guaranteeing availability, and provisioning the infrastructure for it to run on.
Validators earn staking rewards & fees: For their work, validators are rewarded in the form of block rewards & transaction fees. In order to participate in securing the network and to be paid for this service, validators are required to lock up collateral “stake” which can be forfeited (i.e. “slashed”) programmatically if their actions break the programmatic rules that define the blockchain protocol which they secure.