Yeah, I also noticed the massive numbers of instances. Cryptic probably isn't counting the number of users anymore. Just counting the dollars spent in the C-store. Show me the money!
I've tried to come up with a way they could pay their employees with free accounts, but I'm having a little trouble. Could you detail your plan for how they do this?
Well they wouldn't have this problem if they put stuff in the C-store WE WANT TO BUY!
I mean all they did was add something we can get in game, an interior bundle with no separate buying options, three ships that are the same except for some boosts and consoles, and another grab bag which usually only works as long as people are convinced they have a good chance to win. This is not really a good idea when the C-store is your main source of income.
So of course they are likely running into problems with cash now, especially since there is no incentive to pay a subscription.