I am currently puzzled and utterly bemused by the new local subscription prices
To whom it may concern,
There is something I MUST understand regarding these new sub prices, otherwise it will drive me insane.
In your official blog https://blog.twitch.tv/en/2021/08/05/local-sub-pricing-expands-worldwide/, under the 'Introducing Local Subscription Pricing' headline, you state, I quote "Over the next few months, we’ll be adjusting the price of subscriptions (existing subs, new paid subs, and gift subs) in most countries to better align with their local cost of living."
I live in Estonia, within 15 minute walk from Russia (literally; it's a frontier town). New sub prices for Russia, tier ascending, are €1.5, €3, and €7.5. For Estonia: €4, €8, and €20, respectively. Same as for Germany. This means that a tier-3 in Russia is CHEAPER than my tier-2, and for me buying ONE tier-3 equals almost SEVEN tiers-2 there.
Here are some fun economy facts, though. A minimum wage in Russia, in 2021, is €148 a month (most wages, however, are paid "in the shadow", circumventing taxation). In Estonia, it is €584 a month, and €3.48 per hour. In Germany, it is €1614 a month, and €9.60 per hour. Furthermore, a subsistence minimum in Russia, in 2021, is €147 for a work-able adult individual. In Estonia: €150. In Germany, it is €680. Which leads to my next two questions.
First, have the brilliant minds behind the reformed pricelist concentrated exclusively on the countries with substantial viewer count, and just blended all the rest together under the common denominator (e.g. Germany for EU), indiscriminately, regardless of their economies and their income per soul?
And second, if the people in charge have a clear understanding that, even though our view count is relatively low, we are still not wild mammals for a superior species to disregard, are the necessary adjustments to the new sub prices going to be considered?
Thank you sincerely for your time and consideration,
I mean it,
Eugene, a random Twitch viewer and subscriber from a non-essential country who just wishes to be treated as a person
P.S. I do apologize for an overly grumpy tone. These changes concern me signifacantly.