Coinbase, the biggest publicly traded crypto trade primarily based within the US, revealed its plans to open mainnet for the general public, beginning August 9.
Constructed on the OP stack in partnership with Optimism, Base is a layer-two scaling answer for Ethereum (ETH).
“Over the following week, you’ll start to see Dapps throughout the on-chain ecosystem activate Base assist and new ones launch,” the trade stated Thursday.
Alongside, Coinbase is kicking off a month-long celebration calling it – “Onchain Summer season” – the place 50 “greatest builders,” creators and builders can spotlight artwork, music, gaming and advocacy.
A few of the mainstream manufacturers enlisted by Coinbase embody Coca-Cola, Atari, OpenSea, Pixelmon, and Showtime, which might provide day by day mints of on-chain non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
“Base is now open for bridging and Base mainnet will open for everybody and the whole lot on August 9,” Base stated in a launch. “Our objective is to allow anybody, wherever to soundly and simply take part within the on-chain economic system.”
Coinbase stated in a Tweet (now X) that it’s already potential to fund Ethereum (ETH) on Base.
The corporate additionally introduced that it’ll give greater than 100 Ethereum grants – price $183,982 at press time – to these constructing and creating apps on Base.
“Along with grants, we’ve teamed up with different Superchain members to host a digital hackathon, Superhack, from August 4-18. The hackathon will characteristic $125,000 in prizes,” the announcement famous additional.
How Does It Matter?
With the Base mainnet launch, customers will have the ability to bridge their ether to Base, Coinbase wrote within the weblog. The Ethereum bridge will enable Base customers to switch their tokens between Coinbase and Ethereum’s blockchain.
This was beforehand not potential as Coinbase launched developer entry in July, which allowed solely one-way transactions to Base.
The Base blockchain is designed to facilitate scalability and scale back transaction prices for customers. The launch would improve the general effectivity of the community and is predicted to considerably influence the L2 blockchain panorama by accommodating a large consumer base and fostering innovation.
Moreover, the trade’s plan to align the launch at a time when Coinbase introduced its second-quarter (Q2) earnings, displays the significance of this blockchain within the firm’s enlargement.
Like Coinbase, enterprise capital big Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) is gearing up for the launch of Magi, which might showcase the hovering curiosity and investments in Layer 2 options inside the crypto sector.