Ronin Network Introduces Saigon Testnet to Encourage Web3 Applications Development

Saigon allows developers to easily deploy and test their smart contracts before launching them on Ronin.

Nov 24, 2022
by Akira Ming
Ronin Network Introduces Saigon Testnet to Encourage Web3 Applications Development
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Meet Saigon - the development playground of Ronin

Ronin Network, the Ethereum sidechain of Axie Infinity, has launched an open testnet - Saigon - for developers. Notably, the testnet will allow builders to test their smart contracts before launching them on Ronin.

As of writing, developers can easily deploy smart contracts, as well as ERC20 and ERC721 tokens, on Saigon to test them out. They can also test new features using RON tokens acquired through the testnet's faucet. If they want to, they can integrate their Ronin bridge contracts on Saigon with the Ronin wallet, Katana.

For now, creators are largely expected to build and experiment with contracts related to Axie's ecosystem. It could be any features that enable Axie team and guild management, NFT collateralization and trading, community-built Axie games, Esports tooling and payouts, etc. Interested developers can apply to deploy on Ronin here

The switch to Delegated Proof of Stake

Currently, Ronin is in the progress of upgrading to Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS). For that, the team is using Saigon to test this future upgrade. As of now, Ronin is using a Proof of Staked Authority consensus, which is a combination of DPoS and Proof of Authority (PoA). 

For those who may not know, Delegated Proof of Stake is another consensus mechanism that works similarly to Proof of Stake (PoS). In PoS, validators are randomly selected to confirm transactions on the network. In DPoS, however, users who stake will get to vote for which delegators (a.k.a. validators) they want to verify blocks. 

If Ronin moves to DPoS, users can stake RON through a validator and earn rewards for helping to secure the network. As of now, there are 18 validators on Ronin. You can visit this dashboard to try out the new staking feature. For more details, check out the official post here

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