I am picking up a sentiment in the community that matches with a growth blocker that I am observing for DeFi parachains.
Channels bind resources
Having to open channels between 2 specific parachains just to list their tokens limits scalability. A lot!
If one wants to list a token on a DEX within Ethereum, it is easily possible, as everything runs on the same chain. The same token listing within Polkadot is an incredibly complex effort, requiring 2 teams to put attention and resources into making it possible. It is very much a permissioned phenomenon. For retail users, this smells incredibly like centralization, and to some extent, this is true.
Additionally, each channel requires monitoring and can be the source of bugs and other time sinks.
As a result, HAVING to open channels is a blocker for ecosystem growth, as it severely limits the throughput of token listings that can be performed on a DEX.
Statemint will become the default solution
Statemint will be for parachains what Tom was for Myspace. Your first friend in the ecosystem.
With the recent efforts to establish StateSwap as the go-to solution for external assets, I think it will create a strong gravitas for any kind of asset in the ecosystem. In terms of liquidity and volume, it could become the Uniswap of Polkadot.
As such, it would be reasonable to assume that any chain would first want to connect to Statemint, and in consequence, the Substrate developer ecosystem would streamline the process.
This leads me to conclude that it would be economically advantageous for any chain that wants to list a lot of tokens, to accept token registrations on Statemint as canonical and trust any asset on Statemint that originated on another chain just as much.
If a chain can accept 100 assets from Statemint, it would far reduce the effort as if the same 100 tokens would have to be brought in from 20 chains by orders of magnitude.
As such, this configuration would unlock so much economic potential that I think this is how things will play out. Statemint will become a trusted intermediary and settlement chain for token transfers.
Would be happy to hear comments on this train of thought here or in this Twitter thread.