Sorry to say that i disagree to some points, i read here.
Often heard: "making it free to play" --- If "ftp" would be the main thing why a game is played by millions, there would be no Assassins Creed, no Tomb Raider, No Console Gaming, None of Counterstrike, Battlefield, etc... So THIS cannot be the reason.
The UI is bad, broken, difficult... Everybody that ever played a simulation game knows... There can be 5 minutes before start as you has to decide so much... Ever played "EVE", Minecraft, Rayman, Rocket League, WoW, LEGO Games (where you are not able to save before you find the right place?)
Bugs.... Ofc there are bugs and its annoying that in each of the updates are new ones introduced or older ones caming back alive. And I also hate them as f.... especially when a cp-direction changes and my maps loose the flow... But bugs are in each game, I ever had the (questionable) fun to play. And guys there were hundreds of games i played and tried in the last 40 years. And I still do because its part of my second business I run since years.
Negative people... lol, did you ever played games like CS:Go, BF, WoW, Dota, Halo, LoL,? I did, and just tell you to search YT for videos... In addition and leaning on the old song of "The Troggs" from 1967, covert by "Wet Wet Wet" in 1994, called "Love is all around" - NO, hate, flaming, bullying is normal in that games...
So, imho there is no reason to make it free or make too big changes in UI or divorce TM and SM. Shootmania is a natural born ESports game. And it is not made to compete with bombastic envis like in Tomb Raider or Assassins Creed. Its not made to be a rival to new funky games like Fortnite (and boiz i know all about it as my son does "inform" me 24/7
Its not made to leave the crowd speechless because of beautiful landscapes.
Lot of ppl. know that i am addicted to the game. Its a bit like tetris (or maybe like me, if you want to say so...) old-fashioned, bit over-the-hill, reduced to the minimum. Concentrating on pure gameplay. Fast and easy.
And when i am right, so why are there huge problems, why does noone play and everybody that does complaining about it?
Tbh, i think its because we all love this game and would love to be proud if the world knows about it. To a real Shootmaniac it feels bad that games like Fortnite, PUBG, Apex have so-felt "billions" of gamers and the game we love has a left community you can count on some hands...
Let's say it clear. I love this game and the community. I feel gifted to be part of a crowd of 95 % nice, helping, welcoming gamers you can have good games and nice interesting talks. And don't call frustrated people that try to help and make it clear "negative"...
If it was my game, i would go for adding some new envi and blocks (easy with ingame tools ;-D) brush up a bit and start telling the world... If a game is "the place to be" the ppl come. Most of them will move to the next hot shit in 2 years but some will stay... We don't need 1.000.000 gamers, i like the idea to meet buddies every time i enter (and btw. there is no game you start playing as fast as MP, loading in less than 30 seconds)