But Yoon’s statement suggests otherwise
Hmm.. which part?
Here is some facts that I wanted to share..
I don't think we have users who purchased $1.99 Ink package for only 100% Support as you thought. I can't share internal data publicly but I wish we could have 100 people purchase lower packages and support creators...
During Inksgivng, we always turn on 1:1200 Ink package to keep ink conversion rate the same because during the event there are many users who purchased ink page for Support. Tapas keeps nothing.
We've already prepared new sale Ink packages(1:1300, 1:1600) for Dec and 1:1300 Ink package for 2020. We didn't know about this thread when we were preparing. When a user purchases these packages and support to creators we will keep 1:1200 anyway.
We have Inksgiving event once or twice a year and ink back to reader. On May Spring Inksgiving we gave back 1.1 M Ink and On Dec 2019 we will give back 4.2 M Ink for Inksgiving 2019. I think if we keep $$, we don't have this event. Even if we keep money that you pointed, we give back to users more than that money anyway.
Many users earned Ink from our Ink Shop. When a user watches a video ad we give them 10 Ink. Our avg video AD cpm (= 1000 plays $4) is less $4 which mean, we lose 5.2 Ink (10 - (4 / 1000 * 1200)) every rewards. Why do we keep this game? Our one of visions is build the best comic community in the world.
As @michaelson said earlier, We're award of the the Ink system is not for Support system so there are some difficulties to make all sense. And Tapas has been trying hard to keep our community. We keep running/building community using this.
15M for 8 years = per year 1.8 M = per month 150K. and every month we pay 20K for server hosting.. + office rent + etc..
100K for 20~30 people is not enough..
Tapas needs to make money but we don't make money to make a hidden fees and from community. We invest/donate money/efforts to keep building/running Tapas community. We don't use our community for our business. Instead we try to live together.
Please also try to understand what Tapas has been trying/doing for community. Not just pointing out a bad thing and emphasize. I'm pretty sure we've listened our community whenever they say something. We're not evil...
We will ship it soon.