Title was edited after reflection. The rest of the article, we stand by it. For those suggesting that we provide constructive ideas, please know that those were passed along to the HPWU team.
Sponsored Fortresses and Inns have been a part of the game since the beginning of Wizards Unite, and we entirely understand the role they play in the survival of a free-to-play game like this one. However, when Sponsors start being used to benefit only a handful of players during an event such as Community Day with MAJOR BONUSES such as double Wizarding Challenges XP, we draw a line.
The above image confirm that yes, Sponsored Fortresses rewarded twice the usual amount of Wizarding Challenge XP during September’s Community Day, and it was intentional, yet unannounced to be (most likely) kept quiet, potentially in the hopes that it would remain unnoticed. Luckily enough, some people noticed and brought it forward.
On our end, we are quite surprised, disappointed, and yes, frustrated, to see that this event’s biggest reward (let’s be honest, increased Traces from Mysterious Artefacts compared to Wizarding Challenge XP bonus doesn’t compare) focused on Sponsored locations, which limits people’s ability to partake in the activities greatly. For instance, only three countries (USA, Germany, and South Korea) were actually able to benefit from the double Wizarding Challenge XP.
Worry not, we’ve passed on our very negative feedback onto the HPWU team already.
Given the incredible difficulty in obtaining Spellbooks, in our opinion, this kind of decision is absolutely unfair and unethical (too much, perhaps, but it’s justified). These kinds of decisions should not be implemented in a game that is literally meant to reach out people from all regions of the world.
The decision to apply such an important and significant bonus strictly to Sponsored locations has to be purely financial and aimed at satisfying the sponsors of the game, who are potentially disappointed at the traffic they are getting from their investment compared to what they were potentially expecting (when comparing to Pokémon GO).
We cannot emphasize strongly enough how decisions like this one will greatly affect many players’ motivation and will to continue support this game on the long run.
Wizards and Witches of the world, unite in expressing your disagreement with this kind of behaviour!
Yes, Sponsored locations should benefit players slightly more than non-sponsored locations, but giving them such a big bonus, giving the insane rarity of Spellbooks, is simply unfair and unethical given that so few players can actually have access to Sponsored locations.
If we compare to Pokémon GO, where Sponsored Locations are basically EX Raid eligible, it doesn’t prevent players from the rest of the world to enjoy EX Raids as they can find those in parks mainly. In other words, the sponsor system in Pokémon GO provides an advantage, but remains fair and does not disadvantage players that cannot access these locations, i.e. most of the world.