There’s a new layer1 blockchain in town, and it’s only hours old. Flare Network, which has been under intensive development for some time now, officially went live on July 14 with a genesis event that will run for eight weeks. That’s how long the Flare team believes it is necessary to monitor the chain for any issues that might be affecting performance; an audit by Trail of Bits has already given Flare the green light.
With a major development program starting in August followed by a token generation event (TGE) the month after, it looks like being an action-packed Q3 for Flare. Their backers have waited patiently for this moment. So far, the network is producing blocks and operating as billed. In addition, more validators will join the network in the coming days, further decentralizing it and relieving the Flare Foundation of sole responsibility for its operation.
Flare Achieves Blockchain Genesis
The word “genesis” has been synonymous with crypto ever since Satoshi left a coded message in Bitcoin’s first – or genesis – block. Since new blockchains have made a big deal of their own networks’ genesis, Flare is no different. What is different is the duration of Flare’s genesis event: an entire eight weeks. This isn’t the time it takes to produce blocks, it should be noted, but the time required to ensure the network is in optimum condition and ready to start hosting its first dApps.
Decentralized applications (dApps) are how most consumers will interact with a blockchain. They are, to decentralized networks, what Facebook and Twitter are to the iOS and Google Play stores. The better the applications, the greater the likelihood of users getting involved. To stimulate this, Flare is initiating a large-scale developer program in August. Aspiring dev teams are invited to submit their proposals for dApps, with the best concepts to be awarded grants.
I’m excited to welcome projects to the network and see the creative ways builders will harness Flare’s cross-chain composability and Web2 data in their dapps. I encourage anyone about to start a new Web3 project to take a look at Flare’s technology. The chain has been designed to reward positive participation by all actors, from token holders to data providers and validators, with initial incentive pools deployed to accelerate development.”
stated Flare CEO, Hugo Phillion
TGE to Follow Developer Program
Around the same time, as Flare’s developer program assigns its first grants, the network’s token generation event will commence. Provisionally scheduled for September, the event will see 15% of the total token supply issued. Before the remaining tokens can start to be distributed, this will need to be ratified by a governance vote. This will ensure that network participants agree on the best path forward. Flare is undergoing a rapid transition towards decentralization, with new validators joining the network and reducing Flare Foundation’s stake from an initial 100% to under 33%.
If Flare can capture the imaginations of developers and end-users alike, its vision of an interoperable blockchain ecosystem stands a very good chance of coming to life.