Axie Infinity's Ronin Ethereum bridge to restart next week

Quick Take

  • Ronin will open its sidechain bridge that became the target of a $600 million exploit.
  • The Ronin team has promised to reimburse all users after the reopening of the bridge.

Ronin, an Ethereum-linked sidechain that hosts the Axie Infinity play-to-earn game, plans to reopen its bridge next week, three months after it suffered a $600 million exploit.

The Ronin development team, funded by Axie Infinity creator Sky Mavis, confirmed in a Twitter post yesterday the bridge will restart on June 28. The development team had earlier scheduled the bridge to restart this Thursday, but it got slightly delayed.

"Our engineering team has been hard at work preparing for the bridge to re-open," the team stated in the tweet, adding that restarting the Bridge requires a network hard fork in which validators plan to upgrade their software. 

On March 23, hackers later identified as the North Korean group Lazarus, took control over five out of the nine validator nodes on Ronin, allowing them to steal 173,600 ETH and 25.5 million USDC from the bridge. Following the incident, it's bridge was halted.


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With the bridge going back online this coming Tuesday, the team has promised to reimburse those affected by the exploit. 

In April, the game's creator Sky Mavis raised $150 million from investors, including crypto exchange Binance and venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz and Paradigm. This amount, plus Sky Mavis' own funds, will help reimburse affected users. 

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