Immutable, Web3 Gaming Platform, Launches zkEVM Testnet in Bid to Diversify Infrastructure

The ZK rollup is built using Polygon scaling technology, designed to make it easier for developers to spin up new application-specific blockchains.

AccessTimeIconAug 14, 2023 at 11:00 p.m. UTC
Updated Aug 16, 2023 at 5:25 p.m. UTC

Immutable, a web3 gaming platform, announced today that it is commencing public testing of a new layer-2 blockchain, Immutable zkEVM, in a bid to reduce dependence on a single network infrastructure.

The zkEVM is a zero-knowledge (ZK) rollup, a scaling feature aimed at reducing gas fees and increasing transactions, that is compatible with the Ethereum Virtual Machine. This means that developers who are looking to build web3 games can migrate their existing smart contracts from Ethereum to Immutable’s zkEVM testnet without any hiccups.

Immutable’s zkEVM is built with Polygon scaling technology.

This will go live in addition to Immutable X, a so-called validium built with StarkNet, which according to the website L2Beat ranks as the seventh-largest layer-2 project.

“Our goal is to provide game developers with optionality and flexibility in order to decrease the risk of committing to one infrastructure partner,” said a spokesperson with Immutable in an email to CoinDesk.


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Margaux Nijkerk

Margaux Nijkerk reports on the Ethereum protocol and L2s. A graduate of Johns Hopkins and Emory universities, she has a masters in International Affairs & Economics. She holds a small amount of ETH and other altcoins.