It is unlikely it will fail . it offers incentive , removing clicke function removes incentive , just like if you were to build a blockchain with no tokens, it wouldn't work, first it doesn't perform as a ledger if you have nothing to add to the ledger secondly , no financial incentive to secure the chain . economics and incentives are what drive the success of projects , get people invested and interested .
Bitcoin has been cloned many hundreds of times (over 600 different clones) never once has someone take it over, they have changed multitudes of aspects of the core of bitcoin, yet bitcoin remains the leader .
same as any other coin except perhaps monero and bytecoin , clone coins do not surpass the projects they mimicked, it happens but is mathematically unlikely. this is replication while still sticking to the incentive model , while you are talking about removing the incentive model completely which would give it an even lesser chance of making it