Hello Moonriver: Continuing the Kusama Ecosystem Integration
Moonriver is the companion network to the Moonbeam Network, the Ethereum compatible parachain on Polkadot. Moonriver provides a permanently incentivized “canary network” for Moonbeam: developers can access and use the latest builds of Moonbeam in a live environment connected to the Kusama Network. New code ships to Moonriver first, where it can be hardened under real economic conditions. Once proven, the same code ships to Moonbeam on Polkadot.
By mirroring Ethereum’s Web3 RPC, accounts, keys, subscriptions, logs and more, Moonriver minimizes the changes required to run existing Solidity smart contracts on the network. Ethereum projects can simply replicate their DApp and deploy it to Moonbeam using Hardhat, Truffle, Remix, and other popular deployment tools. While Moonbeam code launches to Moonriver first, the network will continue to live on as a parachain on Kusama, with its own projects and specialized use cases.