I want to express my reasoning about the game Empires & Puzzles, you can agree with them or not.
A lot of modern games are built in such a way that you can play them indefinitely, while receiving heroes and objects and gradually developing. But in all games it is made so that you can buy heroes or items for coins or crystals, or other means of payment, and gradually pump them. But many players, having reached a certain level, understand that there is nowhere to develop further and the game becomes uninteresting. The question arises: what next?
What do the developers do in this case? That’s right, they stimulate players in various ways up to cash prizes! What are Small Giant developers doing? NOTHING!!!
Now let’s explore other games.
The developers of the famous Dota2, Fortnite, and other games host annual tournaments with a prize pool of several million dollars! For example, in Dota2 for 2 years in a row, a player from Finland became a champion and each time received a prize for the first place of about 6 million! But in the Fortnite game, one American student won 3 million for second place!
Such tournaments very much stimulate players to increase their level, purchase new heroes and items!
And what have the Empires & Puzzles developers done in this regard? NOTHING!!! Have you ever heard of a tournament in which you could get at least 1 million for first place? Small Giant profit in 2018 reached the level of 190 million dollars !!! What do you think, could at least 1 million be allocated from this money to organize a tournament? I think it is possible, but the greed of the developers does not allow this!
In some other games, for example, World of Warcraft, you can exchange heroes and objects! Yes, a lot of people make money on this when they get a good hero, they pump it to the full level, and then sell it to another player. Yes, part of the money passes by the developers, but this approach encourages people to invest in the game to get a good hero!
Almost all players with a level of 50 and above have a lot of good heroes in several copies, they don’t need colorful ones (by the way, I also have), and they would be happy to exchange them for other necessary heroes! For more than 2 years, Small Giant developers have been asked to introduce an exchange of heroes between players at least within the same alliance, for example, if players have been in the alliance for more than a month, then they can exchange heroes with each other! What do developers do? Instead of exchanging heroes, they introduce some ridiculous clown costumes for some heroes, which you can get again for crystals, but “can” does not mean “get”, even for money !!! And why did not the developers make an exchange of heroes? Because this does not make them greedy, because in this case, players will buy less crystals!
But the developers did not stop there! In 2019, they made it so that the chances of getting good heroes and items for their rebirth became negligible! I’ll tell you by my own example: if at the very beginning of the development of the project I got good heroes at least once every 2-3 months, then I received the last good hero - Ursen in May 2019 !!! After that, no matter how many crystals I buy, no matter how much money I invest in the game, not a single good hero: neither the hero of the month, nor the hero of events, nor even the right hero from the ordinary! I really need Vivik, and I did a lot of recruiting yellow heroes, but she never fell out in 3 years! And in December, I bought a lot of crystals to get Mother of the North. And also never fell! Only in October and November from the 20th camp fell to me Justice and Magni, which I already have the third in a row and which I do not need! For my money, I received only “garbage.” Friends, I am much luckier in sweepstakes and in online casinos than in this game!
And since January 2020, I no longer bought a single crystal, because I do not see the point! I advise others to do the same!
There is one more point on which some Empires & Puzzles players made money: they pumped their profile, and then sold it along with all the heroes! What did the developers do? They began to ban the accounts of those players who have more than one profile on their phone! Question: WHY ???
To upgrade your profile, you need to play for at least 1 year, but there are some players who want to get everything at once and are ready to pay money for it! Therefore, other players registered an account, bought crystals in order to get good heroes. bought VIP passes to quickly upgrade and sell your profile! But the developers of Small Giant were so greedy that even this was not allowed to do !!!
Now the game has turned into a real “swamp”: everything in it is done in such a way that players invest as much money as possible in the game, while not getting anything in return. The developers even came up with many new features that are not needed in the game, but which allow players to get extra money to buy crystals, for example: raid tournaments, clown costumes for heroes, the “path of valor” in which you need to buy a pass to get good prizes! Why are these meaningless innovations needed?
Our alliance has been developing for 2 years, we talked together, beat the titans, fought, tried different strategies in the alliance war! Now our alliance is dead: half of the players simply quit the game because they were tired, and the other half, who are still interested in playing, dispersed to other alliances. Now I am left alone in my alliance, I rarely play when I have time and mood, sometimes I go through events, sometimes I beat titans 1-2 stars, I rarely take part in 1 VS 1 wars. I don’t have the enthusiasm that was a year ago, greed developers were killed by the desire to continue playing this game and develop further! I have already reached a certain level, after which the question arises: WHAT NEXT? And then - emptiness!
Maybe someday when the game is completely bored, I will give my account to someone absolutely free!