Start of the end of Goerli testnet

Goerli is one of the few Ethereum testnets where developers deploy their dapps for testing purposes prior to the main net. And in this test environment, Goerli ether (gETH) is the token to pay for gas fees.

These tokens (gETH) are a testnet version of actual ether for developers to simulate transactions, smart contacts, and other activities prior to deploying on the Ethereum main net. This means that these tokens are supposed to be free – issued simply for testnet developers.

But not anymore. Last week, LayerZero Labs introduced a testnet bridge, essentially launching a liquid market for gETH. Which, you can expect, lead to gETH’s price spiking to over $1.60 over the weekend, rising from 7 cents and reaching a market capitalization of as much as $15 million.

On one side, LayerZero Labs claims it to be a public good making it easier for developers to get gETH. While on the other hand, this liquid market has enabled the degens to speculate and pump the price for a token that was supposed to be free.

As Mudit Gupta (CISO at Polygon) posted on Twitter, “This is the start of the end of Goerli testnet. It served us well.” And, I’d agree with him.

Where do you stand? Is this a public good making it easier for devs to get testnet ETH or a harmful step? Let us know by tagging us on Twitter.

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