Network replaced
After launching 17 / 04 / 19
The network was upgraded to acropolis on

Athens Network

Explore available roles and pick the ones that interest you. Influence the platform's development and earn Monero in the process.

Network Statistics

As they were at the end of the network.

Participation Payout


Active Validators


Block Height


Platform Content Files


Critical Documents

Testnet Goals

The goals below is a simplified representation of the Key Results listed in our Release OKR
Enable media on the platform

As a "user governed media platform", allowing users to upload and consume and content was a major goal for us.

Introduce platform memberships

Although we are building an open blockchain in the sense that users are free to send tokens as they like, the Joystream experience is about having the platform users own, operate and govern the platform. We are agnostic on exactly what parts of the platform will be reserved for members, some actions will require and extra level of screening and accountability.

Build and release the storage node

Although a storage node was built and used to host and distribute the platform content, it had some bugs making it unable to sync between clients and required a hardcoded liaison.

Upgrade the runtime through a Council vote

The intention was for Jsgenesis to create a proposal for a runtime upgrade, and have the Council vote on it. If the Council reached quorum, the consensus rules of the system would automatically get upgraded in flight. Unfortunately, the Sparta network crashed before we reached this stage, and had to start Athens as a new chain with a new genesis block.

Roles available on the current testnet

Map data ©2019 Google

The city of Athens

Athens is the capital of Greece. It was also at the heart of Ancient Greece, a powerful civilisation and empire. The city is still dominated by 5th-century BC landmarks, including the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel topped with ancient buildings like the colonnaded Parthenon temple.

We chose the name Athens as, like our previous testnets, Mesopotamia and Sparta, the ancient Athens' historical significance in the development towards modern democracy and the rule of law.

Explore previously running testnet