- Ethereum launches its new testnet, Holesky, on the anniversary of The Merge.
- Holesky joins Goerli and Sepolia, with possible plans to hire Goerli in 2024.
- Holesky will offer around 1.6 billion ETH to facilitate testing and development of smart contracts.
Ethereum celebrated the anniversary of The Merge last Friday and unveiled Holesky, its latest testnet designed to optimize the platform’s testing environment.
Holesky, formerly called Holli, launched at 10 a.m. ET and comes exactly one year after Ethereum transitioned from its proof-of-work mining system to a proof-of-stake consensus mechanism. .
Testnets, essential in the blockchain universe, work concurrently with the main network. This provides programmers with an ideal environment to deploy applications, test them, and correct possible errors without impacting the mainnet.
Holesky: A step forward together with Goerli and Sepolia
Holesky joins other Ethereum testnets such as Goerli and Sepolia. There are rumors pointing to a possible hiring of Goerli in the first half of 2024, which could increase Holesky’s importance in the near future.
One of Holesky’s most notable features is its plan to offer around 1.6 billion ETH for testing. This generous amount is intended to address the difficulties developers often face when acquiring ETH on current testnets, making it easier to test Ethereum smart contracts on Holesky.