The Shiba Inu community has been buzzing with speculation regarding the upcoming launch of Shibarium, the Layer-2 network for the Ethereum blockchain.
This speculation was fueled by a cryptic status message from lead developer Shytoshi Kusama, who wrote on Twitter that he was "tending the Pine Tree of Life" and "quickly learning to play the flute before putting Shibarium in a heart-shaped box with a bow."
This statement, with its mention of a "heart-shaped box," has led some members of the community to speculate that the launch of Shibarium could take place on Valentine's Day.
In a recent Telegram conversation, a community member asked Kusama to clarify these rumors, to which the lead developer responded, "Why would I clarify what was said when there's no need."
While Kusama's response did not confirm or deny the speculation about the launch date, the Shiba Inu community continues to eagerly await updates from the development team.
Shibarium, which aims to solve such issues as scalability, speed and transaction costs, is expected to have much lower fees than the Ethereum mainnet. According to a preliminary description, it will focus on metaverse and gaming applications.
The Layer-2 solution is poised to play a significant role in the growth of the Shiba Inu ecosystem. Its sprawling ecosystem has three tokens with a combined market capitalization of roughly $5 billion.
The Shiba Inu community remains on edge as the launch date approaches, with some speculating that a Valentine's Day surprise could be in store. However, with Kusama declining to clarify the rumors, only time will tell what the development team has in store for Shibarium.