But they will surely choose the free version anyway, and already there, find out the limits of their available time and skills. They will not throw € 100 for a personal license anyway. And noone says it should be possible to cancel after 1 month; typically, you're bound to the subscription for ½ - 1 year.
Chargebacks, and all other nasties are used. Impossible to tie anyone into a subscription without following legal action which costs $$. Not a viable option for a small business.
Well, in my view, it's not a good business if people don't buy it at all, and instead opt for the one time fee. If noone buys in on the subscription, then there's no reason for having it, and all maintenance costs for this business plan turns to expenses without any profit to counter balance.
Its very good business, and geared towards business. I'd rather pay $75 a month than pay $1500 once off, and write it off as buseness exenses. Remember, unity is for businesses or indies, not for hobbyists. Hobbyists always moan about the price, businesses, indies rationalize it against what the tool does for them.
One of the big rules of business. Don't sell to everyone, sell to the right someone.
It takes 2 years to turn a profit in most businesses, that is if you aren't bootstrapping it. And the bills still roll in. Expenses are part of the game, and the counter balance isn't unity's issue, they got their own expenses to pay.
Look, if someone can't afford C2, then they are lying to themselves. Saving goes a long way. And C2 is cheap in comparison to the other expenses you WILL incur in the business of making games etc.
Anyways, I doubt scirra are going to change their policy. It wouldn't be a good decision.
I'm not against subscription, I'm actually for it. Just not on the software itself.
Now if they had made a small subscritpion for say
iOS Exporter... etc
and be open that this will cover 3 or 4 more developers to build/maintain/expand those extensions (I use the word extensions) as a line will be drawn, and what is considered software updates/feature enhancements vs extensions.
But this would be acceptable, a small subscription model for premium extensions.