I still don't see your point. If it's about making profit off goods and services, then it's the store
that needs promotion, in other words the company itself and the website (which is where you would get the games they make profit from and/or get the client in which you can do the same).
I don't see why a client that is both free and optional and already heavily advertised to a ridiculous degree on the website would need its own, additional promotion.
They collect more data(hours played, games played, etc) via the client than what they collect via people who just use the site.....data they then likely sell or trade to other companies and sites for something in return. That is likely a big part of why they push people to the client.
They gave the game away for free to everyone a few times. I'm not aware of them ever giving it away to only people who don't use Galaxy. Galaxy users would feel a bit less special if they gave the game to everyone but that way they wouldn't alienate the people who don't or can't use Galaxy.
As I said: the game was given away enough times to everyone
who wanted it. With that in mind, I don't feel that them giving it to ONLY galaxy users is that big of a deal(same with stores giving free cosmetic DLC for games if you preorder[d] from them). Of course others are free to disagree. :)
Besides, Galaxy is supposed to be the cool free thing that gets people to pay for games. If they give away free games to get people to use Galaxy it makes me wonder what they're getting out of it. Paving the way to ditch offline installers, Linux users or DRM-free? Perhaps just lots of user data to sell.
Most likely the latter.....they are harvesting no doubt a ton of data to sell or trade.
(like I just mentioned to the other user above)
Post 741 by Timboli: I'm not going to boycott, but I am going to try and come to GOG less ... however I am still struggling with that, and inevitably turn up here every day ... usually more than once ... what can I say, I'm addicted to the place.
Just wanted to say: I feel ya with this sentiment
I come to GOG semi-frequently...mainly because i've grown used to the forums and store over the years & I love the community(the good and the bad).