The challenge with crokinole really comes down to the storage (and often cost) of the board itself. It’s a big ask for a game you might only intend to play casually, even if you don’t invest in a costly piece.
As for its longevity, I think its nearly 150 years of endurance will speak for itself. With most things that run so long, organized play can probably be credited with its proliferation and popularization (using this loosely here), but that doesn’t mean you need to be a tournament player to derive full enjoyment/value from it either. Crokinole has an immediacy of play that fosters quick rivalries and the proposition of “skilling up” in the most hysterically trivial way imaginable.
The issue is that owning a board is a little like owning a Foosball table or bar shuffleboard. It’s a bit of a commitment for what will probably amount to some laughs now and then. But, folks will ask you to pull it off the wall, of that I have no doubt.