Opera, the developer of its eponymous multi-platform web browser, added support for eight major blockchains today as part of its “giant leap into web3.”
“Opera, the company behind the world’s first native web3 browser with built-in crypto wallet, today announced adding support for several major blockchain ecosystems, including Solana, Polygon, StarkEx, Ronin, Celo, Nervos, IXO and Bitcoin,” the company revealed in its blog.
Per the announcement, the integration will allow users to “get access to the vast ecosystem of Polygon or Solana dApps or the benefits of Layer 2 DeFi via StarkWare-powered DiversiFi.” Additionally, Axie Infinity players can manage their non-fungible token-based creatures by accessing the Ethereum-based Ronin Network (which, ironically, was hacked for over $615 million just yesterday).
🚨We’ve got massive news.🚨 We are excited to announce we are adding support for several major blockchain ecosystems, including @solana, @0xPolygon, StarkEx by @StarkWareLtd, @CeloOrg, @NervosNetwork, @ixoworld, and @Bitcoin!https://t.co/nQx3telycK pic.twitter.com/27hXt0bJ6I
— Opera Crypto (@Opera_Crypto) March 30, 2022
The launch has also extended users’ access to proof-of-stake blockchain as well as Ethereum’s Layer-2 solutions Polygon and StarkEx, Opera said, adding:
“By gaining entry to these blockchains, users can benefit from lower gas fees and faster transactions while minimizing their carbon footprint and still leveraging Ethereum’s robust decentralization and security.”
Overall, the integration of multiple major blockchains and Layer-2 networks at once “is a key strategy in Opera’s mission to remain chain agnostic” and enable millions of its users to access Web3 “in an environmentally-conscious way.”
“Ultimately, Web3 is on its way to becoming a mainstream web technology and users won’t need to know they’re interacting with it. They need to get a superior user experience and a true benefit,” added Jorgen Arnesen, EVP Mobile at Opera.
As CryptoSlate reported, Opera commenced beta testing of its dedicated Crypto Browser in late January. With an integrated cryptocurrency wallet and web3 support, Opera’ Crypto Browser Project is designed to work with a variety of decentralized applications. The browser also provides a so-called Crypto Corner, granting users access to the latest blockchain news, airdrops and events.