Why should he care if there is more to be won in the big (live) competitions ?
it was just one possible way or alternative way to view it... and yes, it is a rather discouraging aspect that some of the games best players are excluded from the live events or players from any country that are not included. no denying that is very much aggravating or annoying.
as for the money spent... that is harder to know... I have no way of viewing or tracking that kind of information. for all the people that spend money, they are also an awful lot that report to spend nothing but watch countless 2 credit videos to build up their credits. again, another aspect that can vary with where a player is located.
but I would also agree someone who is actually spending real money and doesn't like the changes may very well move on, but I don't know many people that report to spending a lot of their own money. most that share or post, mention watching videos or doing surveys.
I also agree there are posts or questions ( I have posted one or two) similar to UEL that you reference that go unanswered and give the impression WGT is being disingenuous. I don't know their staffing, their protocol, or which questions they are being more cautious with... I just don't know, but it does give the impression of indifference.
I just know, it would be impossible to please everyone, no matter what was done.