Super fans take their hobby or passions very seriously. It doesn’t matter what the hobby, super fans spend heavily to feed their hobby. Doesn’t that make them whales?
Free to play whales spend heavily on their favorite game(s), and they spend a huge amount of time playing these games. Doesn’t that make them super fans?
“There’s a terrible habit of talking about F2P “whales” – a term which the industry itself doesn’t use so much any more, incidentally, having realised that borrowing its parlance from the morally bankrupt world of Las Vegas casinos probably wasn’t doing it any favours – in terms of condescension and pity. We act like these people have been hoodwinked somehow. They’ve downloaded a game for free and ended up spending loads of money on it, and for some reason we assume that they didn’t know it was happening – that they’ll reach some day, down the line, where they realise how much they’ve spent and have a terrible Road to Damascus moment that lays bare how empty and pointless the whole thing has been. Not like us and our expensive merchandise or huge collections of games half of which we’ve never actually played; nothing like that at all.”