Before we move to GR’s letters, we should go back and look at Scopely’s prior history with letters. Two years and ten days ago Albert Wei posted a letter to the community. This letter came on the heels of one of the worst wars in RTS history. The problem stemming from this war involved 1v1 matchups of regions, which caused differing region activity levels to lead to horrible search times and a very unhappy community(does this sound familiar given recent wars?).
Looking at the original letter(posted below), moving past all of the fluff, we can see a commitment to consistent quality. Many game features have remained broken for literally years. Territories have yet to be fixed. Numerous characters have been released that are broken, some of which make it impossible to use them all together. Others have been allowed to remain unfixed, without any notification from scopely, until they are changed during the second round of sales in a disgusting example of deceptive business practices. Unless this was referring to being committed to a substandard quality, I would say this commitment was meaningless.
Secondly, we see a mention of a player first attitude. If the previous examples didn’t serve to gut this claim of any validity, the fact that players who were preyed upon by the michonne bait and switch or who pulled broken characters were refused refund. I find it impossible to believe that releasing broken characters, taking money for said characters, and then refusing refunds is anything resembling a player’s first attitude.
The last commitment was one to community engagement. This has worked out well recently, now that we have been rid of kalishane and have JB/GR on board. They do engage with the community, however it is clear that they lack the ability to deliver meaningful changes or back any of the commitments we’ve seen here and elsewhere.
This letter was followed by the adoption of 6* characters, which was an absolute fiasco. I could attempt to sum up that train wreck, but I believe Justin did it better than I would ever be able to. His original post is quoted below.
This brings us all the way back to today. What we have now, is another “Albert” letter. This one with less details and the same likelihood of implementation. We were brought here by the same failures we saw two years ago, with the first CRWs. We now have two years of history to look back on, to reference, and to judge by. We can see that the last letter was empty. We can see that the promises of 6*s were empty. We can see that a commitment of any kind from scopely is empty.
So what have the players done? The same thing that got us the last letter. They’ve tightened their grips on their dollars, they’ve taken to attempting to be unified in the face of scopely’s deceptive business practices and general ineptitude as it relates to maintaining a functioning game.
Why do we expect any kind of different results? We will see a spark of change to lift the hearts of the players. It will be designed to calm the players down and cause them to loosen the grips on their wallets. It will burn out just like last time. All of this is to say, don’t let them off the hook until we see change delivered upon consistently. Don’t lose this new found solidarity for trinkets or baubles. Demand real change and wield the power we have as a community by voting with our dollars. If that doesn’t bring about meaningful change, then the next step is to walk away and enjoy your new found free time.