Bitcoin Staking Protocol Babylon Launched Testnet

Bitcoin Staking Protocol Babylon Launched Testnet

Reported by The Block, Babylon, a Bitcoin staking protocol under development since 2022, has launched its testnet to the public.

The testnet is built on BTC Signet, a test network for Bitcoin, so no real bitcoin is at stake, Babylon said Wednesday.

This is Babylon's first testnet of its staking protocol. "We will have multiple steps ahead of mainnet," Babylon co-founder David Tse said. "Some of these steps will enable users to lock real bitcoin and get staking points, including during post-audit and incentivized testnet," he said.

The post-audit testnets are expected to launch between May and June, with the mainnet slated for late 2024, Tse added.

To take part in Babylon's testnet, users will need to download browser extensions of OKX and Keplr wallets and obtain Signet bitcoins through Signet Faucet and Babylon (BBN) testnet tokens through its Discord faucet channel, according to information on Babylon's website.

Early stakers on Babylon's testnet will be rewarded with a "bitcoin pioneer pass NFT." The claim period for the pass is open from Feb. 28 to March 5, and it has a limited supply, per the website. The pass will also grant access to some "exclusive" unspecified features.

"This testnet launch provides a practical demonstration of how bitcoin can be staked to secure PoS [proof-of-stake] chains," Jehan Tremback, from the Cosmos Hub team at Informal Systems, said in a statement. "We are following it with great interest, and we can't wait to integrate Babylon into the products that we build."

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