IMO, the effect of this proposal, at its current form, will be detrimental to the adoption of the project.
All the major bridges don’t require users to go out of their way to purchase specific bridge service token to use their bridges, if Celer implement this requirement, it’ll discourage users or developers from using it.
‘Mass adoption’ is a very subjective term without quantifying what constitutes mass adoption. By any reasonable measure, neither Celer cBridge nor Celer IM is anywhere near ‘mass adoption’.
There are many different bridges, including those ‘official’ one-to-one bridges.
For multichain bridges, cBridge is still very much smaller than, say Multichain.
And the vast amount of bridging volume are still on the official bridges - i.e., Optimism, Polygon Bridge, Arbitrum One, etc… albeit the fact that they are slow and only support 1:1 chain.
None of the big volume bridging providers mentioned above require users to purchase tokens in order to use their bridges. As a user, if I want to bridge asset from one chain to another, I want it to be as seamless as possible.
Crosschain usage that Celer IM is targeting is still at an infancy stage - so it is unlikely that we will see significant increase of market share or volume in the near future until Celer IM is widely integrated with other projects.
Celer should concentrate and spend the effort to continue in expanding partnerships and innovate on any other potential use cases that SGN can provide in a multichain space, rather than worry about implementing any charging usage with CELR tokens.
There have been a lot of talk on utility, however the utility is there already and has been discussed many times. And no doubt, there’ll be new form of utility in the future because Celer will need to keep enticing community to stake and keep the network secure.
But right now, I hope the team is all about focusing on building products and partnerships.
For token value discussion, a more simplistic view is this - CELR token is needed to secure the network in SGN, the incentive mechanism is to work out how to attract people to stake (i.e., hold it there long term and in steady state).
So really, from the project’s perspective, the problem to solve is about how much value can people generate out of staked CELR tokens to make it attractive, rather than how much value people can sell CELR to make profit.