Look, I get it: If you’re not hustling, you’re going hungry, so I get why studios ask. I’m not saying they aren’t entitled to sell promises. And I’m not saying you can’t buy what you want. I’m not saying you don’t have the right.
What I am is curious about who you are and why you do it. Who fits the profile of “person who pours money into MMO development in this roundabout way but is not an actual investor hoping for a return”? So tell me. Who are you? Are you rich bored dudes and dudettes? Are you buying stuff so your ex can’t get your money? Do you get a tax writeoff? Do you have nothing better to buy? Are you just a getting out in front of other whales, like betting on which games will actually succeed? Do you want to donate but just decide you’d rather get something for that donation? Or are you on a budget such that you scrimp and save for just the right cosmetics knowing this is gonna be your home game for life and you’ll want them when the game launches in five years?
Who are you? How much have you spent on these kinds of pre-launch purchases, and what was your last big spend?