It's a very good point, and I'll admit that I haven't considered it.

The hand-waviest response is that their docs indicate that a percentage of fees will be burned, so even though validators won't collect a lot in fees, it will be deflationary. It seems to me like fees will likely need to increase OR another incentive will be introduced.

https://docs.matic.network/docs/faq/faq/#what-drives-the-use-and-demand-for-matic-tokens

"We intend to burn a percentage of transaction fee in every block. This makes the tokens deflationary in nature and provide it a constant support in terms of its value at the protocol level."

I also wonder if the other Polygon solutions will have tokenomics implications (rollups, private networks).

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