You wouldn’t be banned from the forum for posts like this, but you have to realize that the way you worded your first post made you sound very spoiled. Spoiler alert folks: nobody here is entitled to anything.
At the end of the day forums are places for discussion, and if anybody helps you in a public forum then they are going out of their way to do so. Nobody is under any obligation to do that, just like you shouldn’t feel like you have to reply to others’ posts. We all need help at times and these forums are generally very good for it - but if you don’t get a response then I’m afraid that’s just the way it is and you have to take some initiative, experiment, and work things out for yourself. The most valuable thing you can do is share that knowledge with the community once you’ve done it, so that everybody benefits. That’s how online communities work, lots of give and take - not just take.
The documentation isn’t great and that’s a known fact, but the examples are frikkin awesome. I know tens if not hundreds of games that have shipped after being based on Epic’s ‘ShooterGame’ example. LawBreakers and ARK: Survival Evolved being two of them! The engine is very easy to pick up if you’re prepared to spend time experimenting - and experimenting is far more rewarding that following a known recipe.
Large companies do indeed pay for custom licensing and support, but they pay very large figures for that kind of support - and that’s how Epic can justify spending valuable staff time and hours on it. Epic is a business remember, not a charity. As for the money you spend on the Marketplace, in the grand scheme of things a couple of thousand dollars isn’t much to a large company - and the majority of that cash goes to other third parties, not Epic.
I think to be honest, it pays to take a step back and think about the Toolset you have in front of you. It’s taken Epic 25+ years and hundreds if not thousands of staff to build it, and you get to use it everyday for free. (5% royalty barely counts IMO, it’s almost literally nothing). 10+ years ago this kind of thing was impossible, and generally speaking if you’re not used to not having these tools around, it’s easy to come off as spoiled at times.
Anyway, I’ll keep this thread open for the time being - but y’all need to try and come back down to planet Earth a bit.