layer 2 networks are excellent soil for the mass adoption of Ethereum. the low fees are suitable for new users who don’t want to be bothered with the technicalities and the ethos of decentralization. yet L2 users will still encounter multiple pitfalls. a huge one is that they need ETH to initiate transactions, while many of them don’t want any portfolio exposure to ETH or handle an additional asset. this is where the Gas Station Network enters the stage: your infrastructure is a major missing piece in realizing the ideal L2 user experience.
Optimism is a forerunner of optimistic rollups and, based on my inquiry, there is currently no effort to tackle gasless meta-transactions on the network.
I want to kick off a discussion between GSN and Optimism developers about the viability of deploying GSN on Optimism. some initial question that come to mind:
- what changes are needed to the GSN contract infrastructure to work on Optimism?
- what changes are required in GSN’s off-chain architecture?
- are current relay server operators open to the idea of expanding to a L2 network?
- could the relay server role be merged with Optimism’s sequencer role, as to simplify Optimism’s ecosystem design and make it more profitable to run a sequencer?
I’m posting this thread to both GSN’s and Optimism’s Discord (which I can’t link due to hyperlink limits for new users but you can find the link to both on the respective project’s website).