Something else for you to chew on as everyone is discussing the future of this game.
I almost pointed this out a couple of days ago, but reading the 2020 expectations thread where others are sharing their CS nightmares on typical GLU ups or bait and switch tactics, I think this type of conversation is appropriate.
Allow me to bring up a very recent example and how a screw up is likely destroying some of the events. I could list a few others, like the Bowa incident, PeeWee Boxes, Beard Boxes, the Field Pass screw up-refund, YogiGate, etc, but this one sticks out and I think everyone can relate. No, Dr. Ass isn't whining. This is just an observation from someone who has hung around unethical people.
Remember Blizzard on Xmas day? Sure, we all do. I, for one, was thrilled because I felt like GLU took a recommendation to make WoH viable for everyone. Despite it being on a family day, the feedback on the forum for the Blizzard was solid. Everyone enjoyed it, even those that couldn't clear Blizzard.
Well, what happened to that event? I'll tell you what the frick happened. Another GLU Up.
The prize was a Legend Campanaris that, once again, GLU fricked up. People leveled him up thinking he would stay a switch hitter. Nope, this was a bait and switch by GLU. They were promptly called out by the "right" people, and they actually refunded the LxP to anyone that requested it. Think about that for a second: How many millions of LxP do you think they had to dole out to their customers at all levels? I'd love to know.
One of my prior jobs was with a company that was greedy as hell, so I know the tactics. Well, when you are a greedy company like GLU, the first thing you do is make the customer feel good about the GLU Up. Hence, the "refund". Then, you put mechanisms in place for you to get all that lost revenue back. This all has to come off the backs of your customers. This type of revenue hit is bad for investors.
Do you think it is a coincidence that since Blizzard, WoH has been completely bastardized? That was no accident. GLU knows WoH, especially HoF, is a solid resource avenue for players at all levels, especially the valuable LxP. So, what do they do? For two straight weeks, they offered the same HoF Prize (a 530 1B with same skills and a hitting level below guys that are at 510). After that ripoff, they increase the difficulty to insane levels for nearly half the event so the resource gathering is cut way down. The following week, they lower the difficulty, but still not at a level anyone below diamond can cycle cap the player.
Next, take Weekend Royale make it insanely difficutl with crappy rewards, and you repeat it not once, but twice during the weekly Royale, complete with the exact same prizes that still said "weekend box" mind you. LOL. Yesterday they changed it again, but this time the offering for LxP was well below what they were doing just a few months ago for Royale (Five Levels with a Blue LxP box and another Prime Player Box). Was going through 6 Levels worth 2K LxP? Nope. But that's the part of the plan. See those big, shiny boxes in the store? It is HUGE AMAZING AMOUNTS of LxP for only 2K gold! Go buy them, suckers!! We need our money back for our recent GLU ups.
I've only been playing the game for a few months, but I got to thinking about other incidences like this and what happened next. Pay attention. I could list other examples, but no one wants to read another novel. Every time they screw up, which is often, they get you twice. Something else you need to think about moving forward.