I disagree patently. For one, Episode has been out since 2014 - that’s 4 years - and in this time, they’ve been running the app fine because ads are actually pretty lucrative.
Two, a lot of people are complaining about the cost of gems and not the fact that they purely exist. People have an issue with the fact that it’s an app aimed at YOUNG GIRLS who don’t really have a reliable source of income and it’s taking away their ability to choose the story they want without having to pay a ridiculous amount of money. I don’t know what the currency is like where you’re from, but TWO CHOICES (around 25 gems each) costs £5 where I’m from. That’s madness. I could get two coffees for that price… or a whole lunch meal… for 30 seconds of extra content. It would cost LESS for people to pay a one-off price for the app than it does to rely on gems!
Three, this is a FORUM for us to voice our opinions and concerns. It’s completely understandable and acceptable for people to voice their concerns about how Episode is limiting their experience if they don’t use THEIR OWN MONEY. It is, after all, their money. They have a say in where it’s going and that doesn’t make people spoilt.
Four, nothing will change if we don’t make a point to say when we’re not happy. I hate when people defend Episode with things like this. Episode is a company that’s MADE by its fans, so if we want to say we’re unsure about something like gem choices, that’s all on us.
Five, many people have agreed with me when it comes to the idea of a subscription that gives you access to gem choices for a small monthly fee. People don’t have a problem with paying. It’s about making us feel like we are being heard and we’re not being exploited.
Six, this was kinda rude of you.
Seven, they get their money from AD REVENUE… and have done so for years. Ads are lucrative.
Eight, this is a COMMUNITY AUTHORS gem choices test. People are concerned that others will overuse and misuse the gem choices for choices that don’t affect the wider story.
Nine, why do you seem to think that Episode is free from criticism but you can throw around abuse because people are politely discussing whether or not gem choices for COMMUNITY stories is a good idea?
Ten, you commented 28 days - four whole weeks - after everyone else on here. Why are you re-starting this when clearly everyone else has moved on?