Personally I hate the loot box system. I recognize it may have increased the amount of money gained even by small sw houses and let them create better and better games at a faster rate, although I don’t like the way that money is gained, more precisely the percentage coming from people who simply can’t control their purchases on gambling systems.
By the way, in about 16 months of playing I’ve made some purchases too that add up to more or less 1 dollar / month, and now I think I’ll stop spending altogether.
The reason why I did some purchases is that I’m enjoing the game, it entertains me so I think it’s fair to pay for it. I’m a developer myself and I know how it can be frustrating when most people think that the outcome of your work is worth nothing and should be available for free to everyone (this is a more common position then you might think, just think how many softwares you own because you purchased them and how many you cracked).
The reason why I’ll stop spending is that I think 15-20 bucks is a fair amount for a game with still several bugs and that puts little spenders in a disadvantageous position. I’m an old school player, so I can’t help comparing E&P to any pc game that you can buy for few tens of bucks, is completely bug free and will give you the exact same chances to perform well as any other player, all that matter is your skills and the time you decide to invest on it.
The fact that the outcome of my purchases is not guaranteed doesn’t help either, but is not a top reason for me, I wouldn’t spend 100 dollars even if each of them was a hotm guaranteed. I just think the game is not worth that money, but that’s just me.
The day big spenders will become so overwhelmingly powerful that a f2p can’t match them in any way probably I’ll stop playing too, but that’s not the case yet, heroes pullable from tc20 will get you anywhere in the game, from the top 100 leaderboard in raids to the top 100 positions in some events. A few lucky pulls on hotm or some event heroes won’t hurt either, but that doesn’t need your money, just a lot of patience and thoughtful investment of your gems and hero tokens (and atlantis coins now).
What’s my point? After re-reading through my post I can’t tell, just wanted to share my thoughts since I haven’t read many other similar