The primary benefit of keeping the keys, and the only one that matters in my view, is also the primary source of potential harm. The fact that the contract owner can signal support could be a tremendous benefit but is clearly a double edged sword in that it creates ‘official’ vs unofficial activities.
The royalties and treasury for funding are at best ancillary, many ecosystem projects that require capital could find it, but certainly those that fit the description of public goods will run into the usual problems with public good funding.
If it was the case that you (Dom) were interested in occupying the role of contract owner and de-facto leader, then I would have voted in favor of keeping the keys. It is clear that you’re a good actor, you’re an innovator, you’ve put something incredibly unique into the world that’s got all of us here incredibly excited, and I think the lot of us would have accepted it gladly. I do believe that in the right hands the benefit of keeping the keys would outweigh the harm, even if it is against the odds.
However, given your preference I’m in favor of burning the keys. I believe that we can galvanize other DAOs and initiatives needed to push Loot forward and built out the Lootiverse. Even if there are competing DAOs, we can each decide on the initiatives and direction that we find appealing, and work on those. It will be up to each DAO and initiative to ensure that it doesn’t run out of steam.