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This First TestNet Release Enables DApp Developers to Start Building DApps and Solidity Smart Contracts in a Parachain Environment

Singapore – September 21, 2020 – PureStake, the company developing the Moonbeam smart contract platform, announced the availability of Moonbase Alpha, its first public TestNet. Now developers can test the Ethereum compatibility features of the Moonbeam network with their decentralized applications without needing to run their own nodes or host their own network.

Moonbase Alpha makes it easier for developers to deploy smart contracts to the platform. Developers can:

  • Use the existing Ethereum-based tools they know and love, like MetaMask, Truffle, and Remix
  • Re-deploy dApp front-ends and Solidity smart contract backends to Moonbeam with little or no change necessary
  • Collaborate with other teams in a shared environment that is monitored, managed, and will be updated with the latest Moonbeam code on an ongoing basis

“This is a big first step toward our KusamaNet and Polkadot-based deployments, and we’re eager to see what developers build on top of the platform,” said Derek Yoo, CEO of PureStake. “Understanding the real world use cases for some of the more complex smart contracts that we’ll support is an important part of both testing and vetting our code so we can prioritize the features we work on. The feedback we gather over the next several months will have a significant impact on the future of the network.”

To get started on Moonbase Alpha, join our Discord and visit our website:

This first Moonbeam TestNet is purely for development purposes — it continues to undergo significant development and enhancements from our engineering team, and the nodes are solely operated by PureStake. The team plans to release TestNet upgrades in the future that will add additional features, including the ability for external collators to start producing blocks on the network. More details are available on the Moonbeam documentation website:

About the Moonbeam Network

Moonbeam is an Ethereum-compatible smart contract platform on the Polkadot network that makes it easy to build natively interoperable applications. This Ethereum compatibility allows developers to deploy existing Solidity smart contracts and DApp frontends to Moonbeam with minimal changes. As a parachain on the Polkadot network, Moonbeam will benefit from the shared security of the Polkadot relay chain and integrations with other chains that are connected to Polkadot. Currently in active development by PureStake, Moonbeam is expected to reach MainNet by early 2021. Learn more:

About PureStake

PureStake’s team has extensive experience building technology companies and complex software platforms. Led by Derek Yoo, former Fuze Founder and CTO, PureStake provides protocol implementation services and creates developer tools for next-generation blockchain networks. Learn more: