Good move by Square Enix. Totally agree with their decision.
People shouldn't have to pay ZAM to download something they do not own. If ZAM really want to help the members here be it Premium or Ordinary members, there are tons of free filesharing sites they can use without incurring cost (that is if there wasn't any copyright infringement in the first place).
This is not so much a "Thank you for being Premium member, to show our gratitude we have hosted the patch file for you to download"
This is more of a money making "Are you a Premium member? If no, why no? Do you know that as a premium member, you get to download FFXIV update patches that ordinary memberships do not have access to".
There are many ways to make money. But this is...well...a new low. You know that members are eager to download the patches to play the game. And you profit from that. Are you not FFXIV players yourself?
No one has
to pay for anything, they are offering a service and you can choose whether or not you want it.
Why does it matter if they are trying to get more business, isn't that what companies are supposed to do?
They are a fan site
and their entire existence is dependent on making money money off of the work of gaming companies.
Why be mad at the site for offering the service to alleviate the problem, wouldn't it make more sense to be irritated at the source of the problem?