Unfortunately, what is “ethical” will always be open for debate. Some would argue that everything is ethical so long as it is legal. “Whatever the market will bear” ; “any commodity is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it” etc.
So is it then ethical to charge $1000 for a bottle of water to a dehydrated man in the desert? He’ll die if he doesn’t drink it, surely he’s willing to pay the price. But is it ethical?
“Oh TGW, this is a video game, it’s not a bottle of water in a desert, stop comparing apples to oranges. Nobody needs to buy heroes in a video game.”
True. And nobody needs to buy a beer or a pack of cigarettes. So I guess whatever those manufacturers do is completely ethical and therefore should be completely unregulated.
Apples to oranges again?
Technically it could be argued that nobody needs electricity. Human beings survived for thousands of years without it. Why is it that electric companies are regulated?
Curious to me how people seemingly arbitrarily decide what is necessary and what is not. Everything from food to entertainment to health care. Different rules in different places for different things.
Guess I have my own ethical compass that says if a company is charging more than twice the cost of production for a product, that company is being unethical.
Doubly so if they also aren’t paying their employees a suitable wage relative to the profits they’re receiving, but that’s a different matter, as I have no idea how well compensated SG employees are (or aren’t)