Immutable zkEVM begins testnet phase with 12 Web3 games in development

Web3 gaming platform Immutable has commenced public testing of its Immutable zkEVM in collaboration with Polygon Labs.

Work on the zero-knowledge Ethereum Virtual Machine (zkEVM) network began in March after Immutable announced a partnership with Polygon Labs. Polygon’s own “holy grail” Ethereum-scaling zkEVM hit mainnet on March 27. 

In an Aug. 14 announcement, Immutable said its zkEVM will give game developers access to lower development costs and the security and network effects that come with the Ethereum ecosystem. In March, Immutable’s co-founder and president, Robbie Ferguson, said the zkEVM is aimed at increasing ownership rights for Web3 gamers. 

Immutable zkEVM developer documents. Source: Immutable

Over 20 gaming companies have partnered with Immutable to support the launch, including GameStop, TokenTrove marketplace, Web-based game distributor Kongregate, game designer iLogos and others, according to Immutable.

At least 12 games have already started building their Web3 titles on zkEVM, it added. These include CoinArcade, Galaxy Commanders, Medieval Empires, MetalCore, Meta Toy, DragonZ SAGA, Rune Realms, Shardbound, Infinite Victory, EF Defense and SimWin Football. MetalCore, in particular, has announced a beta launch date of September 15 on Immutable zkEVM.

Immutable zkEVM testnet will use zero-knowledge proofs to secure transfers between itself and Sepolia Ethereum, allowing developers to test out how the mainnet version will work once it launches.

The network is fully compatible with Ethereum applications, meaning that developers can port Ethereum projects over to it with minimal changes, Immutable stated. The team will also be deploying an “Immutable Relayer for currency abstraction and gas sponsorship” soon, which will allow developers to create gas-less wallet accounts.

Immutable’s chief technology officer and co-founder, Alex Connolly, expressed his view that the new network will be “irresistible” to developers, stating:

“This chain, combined with our suite of platform…..

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