The Incentivized Testnet allows us to test something our earlier testnets couldn’t: real behaviour – and real behaviour requires real rewards. On the Incentivized Testnet, ada holders will be able to participate in the network and earn real ada through stake delegation or operating a stake pool.
We are building a decentralized network of globally distributed participants. The information gathered from the Incentivized Testnet will be crucial in creating a fair and balanced incentive mechanism, which will ensure reliable and honest network participation long into the future.
You can learn more about the Incentivized Testnet, and the reasons behind it, in this blog piece and AMA video. Alternatively, IOHK’s whitepaper is available to those interested in learning more about the methodology behind Cardano’s incentive mechanism.