Developers discussed the steps needed before the merger can take place, and Tim Beiko, who organized the meeting, advised September 19.
This merge timeline isn’t final, but it’s extremely exciting to see it come to fruition. Please consider this as a planning calendar and pay attention to official announcements!https://t.co/ttutBceZ21 pic.twitter.com/MY8VFOv0SI
— superphiz.eth 🦇🔊🐼 (@superphiz) July 14, 2022
However, the date is not a strict deadline and only serves as an unofficial roadmap.
One of the project developers, superphiz.eth, tweeted that the date should be treated as a “planning calendar”, adding that the community should always “watch official announcements”.
The September 19th suggestion comes as no surprise to many observers who expect the meltdown to occur around this time.
But some people are still skeptical about the date and expect another postponement. A sarcastic Twitter user mentioned how there was no mention of the year and predicted that the merger would not happen until 2050.
Note how @benjaminion_xyz does not mention the year. See you in 2050!
— Butta.eth🐼 (@Butta_eth) July 14, 2022
Meanwhile, the developers’ decision to delay the Ethereum time bomb also cast doubts on the September date.
While debating whether to delay the Ethereum time bomb, some developers called for a strict delay. But Beiko pushed against that, saying the team was already under immense pressure.
Beiko had previously stated that the Ethereum merger would be occur between August and November unless a significant event prevents it.
Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin said something similar. According to him, the Fusion will occur in August if there are no problems. But it can also happen in September or October.
Ethereum Shadow Fork 9
Although the actual date of the merger is not set in stone, other network upgrades are proceeding as planned.
Ethereum Shadow Fork 9 recently posted online. According to a DevOps engineer from the Ethereum Foundation, Paritosh, the developers mainly tested updates and releases on the Sepolia hard fork with “a more intensive network”.
Shadow Fork 9 happened on July 14, ahead of schedule. Paritosh said this was due to “a minor hashrate spike that sped things up a bit” and the miscalculation of the developers estimating the time.
There have been no issues since Shadow Fork went live, and that clears the way for the Goerli testnet merge. Goerli would be the last testnet merger before the Ethereum mainnet moved to a proof-of-stake consensus mechanism.