100% agree. Ads are fine, but pay-to-win ranked games... it just too much
Pay to play business models are going to kill off the player base. It's going to be harder to find games and it's going to alienate a lot of players to go another version of Catan. I do not believe that colonist.io has a big enough moat to play their hand like this. Ad-free gameplay, access to paid content like gamemodes and maps, or even if they added a battlepass system; I would be for all of that. But this is just not good for the community.
Going to kill the userbase - what makes Colonist.io a competitive model is the free to play aspect. I don't think anyone has been upset about Ads. Potentially, users can pay for Ad-Free gameplay but don't have this impact the ability to play ranked games. Should be free to play with options of donating.
Listen to your player base. The prices charges for ranked matches are unheard of in the market today and many will not pay the disgusting amounts being asked for. The Netflix model of charging a subscription started off at a very low price when it first came out, unlike your current subscription model that charges more than any well established game on the market, especially for a single type of game. Also, Colonist has a player base from all across the world. Has colonist taken into account the cost for people in different countries? The value of things change all across the world. Ranked matches shouldn’t be a luxury, and the prices that do not reflect the market seems like a slap in the face. it feels as if colonist has underestimated the intelligence of it’s player base.
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