Today, 1:59 AM · 26 replies and 587 views.
Someone decided to do it a few years back and people paid for it. Now most developers do it, because people will pay for it. The problem is we, the consumer, can't argue it because it was voted for with consumer wallets so they don't have to defend it.
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That just means they always planned to charge for it but decided to reward early backers with it... If you can really consider being responsible for finding bugs a reward anyway. Frankly, I've done enough alpha beta testing...