Governance > $IDLE staking > Buybacks
Part of the fees generated by the Idle DAO product suite is used to acquire $IDLE from the market and distribute it to stkIDLE holders on a weekly basis, as a reward for their long-term commitment.
Fees are distributed weekly: the proportional amount of fees that each user receives is calculated based on their $stkIDLE balance relative to the total $stkIDLE supply, and this amount is calculated at the start of the week.
The actual distribution occurs at the end of the week based on collected fees. As such, a user that creates a new vote-lock should expect to receive their first fee payout at the end of the following epoch week.
The available $IDLE to distribute is tracked via the “token checkpoint”, updated, at minimum, every 24 hours.
Fees that are received between the last checkpoint of the previous week and the first checkpoint of the new week will be split evenly between the weeks.
Fees distribution might be limited by high network fees (aka gas fees); in that case, accrued fees will be distributed the week after.
Stakers can claim their fees by calling
As part of IIP-10, the Sushiswap exchanger was added as a beneficiary to FeeCollector. This contract exchanges the protocol fees from wETH to $IDLE via SushiSwap and deposits the $IDLE to the FeeDistributor.
The SushiSwap Exchanger is implemented as an upgradeable contract to make this process sustainable for the future: if liquidity for $IDLE migrates to another exchange, the contract can be upgraded.
The cut-off date for the $IDLE distribution to stakers is around Wednesday/Thursday night UTC. IDLE tokens received after this date are distributed the week after.