I think you all forget how little power employees like Joel have, so cut him some slack. Think broader, think bigger if you want to place blame somewhere.
Think about how the P2P model has been getting increasingly more greedy.
(July 2018) Also think the fact that former EA and Zynga executive Jeff Karp joined the Big Fish team as Managing Director and President .
(October 2018) On Boss Fight's end, Mike Verdu (former SVP of EA Mobile and former Chief Creative Officer of Zynga) is brought into the team.
Both very notable P2P indoctrinated companies.
March of 2018, Big Fish gets hit with legal issues regarding their casino game. Alongside, if you compare 2017 net revenue to 2016, there's a net negative difference of a couple million dollars.
Also consider that never before has the P2P model been so prevalent inside our game than it has been in the past few months.
I'm a hard believer in hard evidence, so drawing conclusions without conclusive evidence is blasphemy. However, with EA's track record of P2P in almost every game they've put out, and Zynga's own reputation...
If you're going to get upset (who isn't at this point), direct your anger towards those who really warrant it.