Optimism is delaying its official mainnet launch to promote a more coordinated community launch, ensuring that everyone has the time to integrate and test the network before full migration.
Optimism Network delays mainnet
The Optimism Ethereum Network previously announced that it would be officially launching its public mainnet soon, with arbitrary contract deployment. The team arrived at this decision due to the overwhelming pressure it received to launch the mainnet and curb the high gas fees on the Ethereum network.
However, the developers had to delay the mainnet launch due to the numerous feedback it received from the community. Optimism, previously known as Plasma Group, developed one implementation of what is now known as Optimistic Rollups (ORs). The ORs or other variants like the ZK-Rollups are layer two (L2) solutions designed to boost blockchains (in this case, the Ethereum blockchain).
According to the group’s blog post, an uncoordinated rush into L2 is dangerous as it doesn’t leave the community with enough time to prepare. Hence, the team is pushing back the mainnet launch date.
“Today, we are announcing that we are delaying official public mainnet in favor of a more coordinated community launch. Our goal is to make sure that foundational projects, infrastructure providers, block explorers, wallets, and token bridges have time to integrate, audit and test,” the blog post added.
To ensure that the mainnet goes smoothly, the team has spent the past two weeks reshaping their engineering processes to make contributions, integrations, and visibility much easier for network members.
Optimism already benefiting the community
Optimism’s solution is already benefiting the Ethereum community. According to the startup, Synthetix users have saved $10.1 million on fees across 103,775 transactions. The team hopes to save more from gas fees once the official mainnet launches.
The demand and interest in what Optimism offers to the Ethereum network have grown massively in recent months. Hence, the need for the team to shift how they operate and communicate.
The Optimism group revealed that it is getting ready to open testnet to hackers on April 20 for the Scaling Ethereum hackathon. The team would be integrating whitelisted projects to allow them to reduce gas pain in advance of the public launch.