I saw it and kind of had an existential crisis.
It just feels nuts to me. I remember back in 2013 when the hottest webcomic site was SmackJeeves. And I remember making an account for that and InkBlazers, fully prepared to upload a comic and just never doing it. Heck, I even remember before that when I was fully convinced that I would move to Japan one day and become a 'manga-ka'. Webcomics used to be this weird, esoteric, thing that only I and a few people I knew in real life knew about. Now I'm seeing advertisements for them on cable tv and it seems like everyone on my campus has the Webtoon app. In all the years I'd tought about being a comic author (even wanting to get a degree in Sequential Art) I never would've thought something like WebToon and scroll comics would become a thing. When I wanted to be an animator I never thought something like Netflix would become a thing. It's so crazy how things have changed.
It also shows me that avoiding Webtoon as a creator might not be an option. People talk about the bad community, and bad customer service, but where are the primetime cable tv advertisements for Tapas? Everyone talks about how awful WattPad is. Doesn't change the fact that I keep hearing about teenage girl fanfictions being turned into major motion pictures every other month. ('My Giant Nerd Boyfriend' just recently got it's own animated series by the way.) Even YouTube has had it's critics for the past decade, but there are still people who make millions off it everyday and have done so for awhile.
You hear rumors about really popular Webtoon authors making up to 2,000 dollars a month. You couldn't beat that! It kind of seems that putting up with less than stellar websites and communitites is the price you pay to get noticed. Not that popularity is everything, but popularity can lead to money, which can lead to stability, which can lead to being to create able how you want. (Even though it doesn't always work that way)
It's so crazy how the landscape has changed. Everything changes, and there's no point in pretending it doesn't but it still all feels so unpredictable. I don't so much fell bitter about it, so much as I fell thrown off.
By the way, here's the commercial again.