As much as I’ve enjoyed playing (up until 3.1) I kind of hope this happens. It’s a business and money talks. Raking your players, especially paying players (see the many comments already made about how VIPs are getting shortchanged) across the coals SHOULD hurt you as a business.
Prior to the June patch that brought 4X to PC (and also brought SkullFall and laughably cheaty AI cascading) I was like a missionary for Gems of War. I told all my friends about it, I told coworkers about it, and I brought people to the game, most of whom spent money.
After the June PC patch, I continued talking about the game, but I was no longer a missionary. My words were more guarded, and my recommendations about spending money were much more controlled, while I stopped spending altogether.
After 3.1, I am not only no longer a missionary, I actively advise people NOT to spend money.
I get it - it’s not the devs’ fault, and they need to feed their families, but the publisher/accountants/whoever is calling the shots is making it obvious they don’t care about good will toward the playerbase any longer. Gems of War players are now a cow to be milked overtly, and we no longer merit the sunny, gassy pasture to entice us to produce the milk in the first place. Now, we’re in a mucky, dank pen with an emotionless milking machine.