An incentivized testnet event

We’re excited to announce Solana’s incentivized testnet event – Tour de Sol! Inspired by Cosmos’ Game of Stakes, we want to offer our validator community an opportunity to flex their validation skills, earn tokens, and help strengthen the Solana network as we approach mainnet launch.

What is it?

Solana’s Tour de SOL will be a event in stages, each stage focusing on a different performance capacity that will be required to be a validator on the network. We hope to kick off the first stage in early August – stay tuned for stage details, rules, and timeline!

Can I get started now?

Yup – the first step is to join our live testnet. If you’re interested in participating in Tour de Sol, we recommend you start exploring the testnet ASAP. Have a look around, introduce yourself to the other nodes, make yourself at home. We’ll be opening registration for Tour de Sol soon!

What will I need to participate?

As of right now, there aren’t any technical requirements to start playing around on the testnet, have at it. Closer to TdS launch, we’ll be enabling GPU transaction verification which will give a huge TPS boost to validators with GPUs. Potential participants should plan on having their GPU hardware ready before the event starts. See our recommended Validator node specs here (specifically the “mid-range option” should be plenty of firepower)

Where can I stay updated about TdS?

Join our Discord for support from our team and to follow along for Tour de Sol updates and announcements (have a look in #validator-support). You can also find community support in our recently launched forums. TdS news will be announced on both channels so keep an eye out!