I’m not trying to overstate this, but it’s really a rather large “fuck you” to every single of their customers, it’s basically means if something, anything happens to you before the artificial limit is up, and you don’t get to spend the credit you’ve earned, then they reclaim the right to take your money and give you nothing back.
<Insert Pirates of the Caribbean Take Everything Give Nothing Back! animated gift>
It literally inconveniences everyone without not a smear of benefit for customers.
Of course those who will be pissed are those customers that are not constantly buying games (and thus exhausting/generating credit).
Which should be the majority of their customers given that only certain types of people can live the always playing or always buying lifestyle.
Many of us get to a point when we have enough unplayed games that we will no longer recognize any kind of usefulness in constantly buying new stuff.
Others will have wallet credit because they don’t have their payment instrument and thus rely on wallet credit for purchase.
It gets to a point where such customers are incentivized to buy some random thing because it’s preferable to losing credit.
To the best of my knowledge, only some types of wallet credit have had an expiry date attached to it.
And, as far as I remember, non-retroactively.
While now ALL of the credit, regardless of how it has been earned, or when, has had a new, made-up expiry date slapped on it.
The e-mail I received contains the expiry date for previously non-expirable credit, of course, and the promise they’ll send more reminders.
No matter how I slice it, it sucks, and the bitter aftertaste this is leaving behind certainly makes me less inclined to buy on Humble.
Of course they like the idea of people constantly being subscribed and constantly buying stuff, but there is a difference between making your offerings enticing and forcing people to buy stuff or else.
This crosses the line into forcing to buy stuff.
As usual when dealing with corporate bullies, the only way to win is not to dance to whatever money-squeezing tune their marketing bean counters think they can have us swallow.