Ethereum Ropsten Testnet to Merge in June
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Ethereum Ropsten Testnet to Merge in June

Ethereum makes another step towards proof-of-stake by merging one of its testnets.

Ethereum Ropsten Testnet to Merge in June
Ethereum is slowly but surely closing in on The Merge. It is scheduled to complete a "huge testing milestone" by merging the Ropsten testnet on June 8. Ethereum DevOps engineer Parathi Jayanath put up a pull request in the eth-clients GitHub repository on Monday, meaning the implementation is good to go.
After the first mainnet shadow fork in April, Ethereum is set to merge its most well-known testnet. Developers will be able to test realistic deployment in Ropsten before merging the mainnet in a final step.

The proof-of-work testnet will see Ropsten combined with a proof-of-stake testnet at the Genesis event on May 30. This simulation of the real Merge will be the closest thing to a dry-run the Ethereum network can undergo. Developers were understandably excited about it:

Following the Ropsten merge, the Georli and Sepolia testnets could also be merged.

Ethereum developer Tim Beiko suggested a few weeks ago that the Merge would happen in the few months after June. This is in line with the current schedule and should make the Ethereum community hopeful that the Merge is on for 2022.
Ethereum also increased bounties on its bug bounty program, offering tiered payouts for critical vulnerabilities. The program combined the Eth1 and Eth2 layers, and bounty hunters can earn up to $250,000 in ETH or DAI for fixing critical bugs. That is considerably more than the $50,000 payout previously set and can even double during important times like upgrades in public testnets.
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