I've played another game for over 10 years that involves a real cash economy (Project entropia now Entropia universe), and every year people have said the same about that game year on year. However people still spend insane amounts of money there such as 7k USD for a gun, 20k USD for a land area etc and it has grown from 1 planet to 6 along with a moon and asteroid (which neverdie bought for 100,000 USD and sold years later for a cool $1 million . People say it's a scam but i've managed to withdraw $$ year on year and make my way there, as always those who lose or get bored badmouth the devs/game etc.
Now comparing NA with EU is not a true match, however the same is true about doombringers and end of the world mentality. Also same is true about the reviews on steam where people have played over 1000 hours or more yet give a shitty review.