Thanks @Gordon for being very open and transparent about this - I respect that.
Well to some extent you read me correct "between the lines".
But my line of thinking is different. I base it on 2 assumptions:
- you can buy cheaper STM32 boards too - so "risk" of not buying official board is similar
- ESP is much more popular than STM
So just by simple extrapolation you should have more boards sales, more project popularity (and all what goes behind it) - by how much - in theory by as much as ESP is more popular than STM.
Don't know how to evaluate this, but this is what google says:
But in the end it's just theory, and I'm by far not an expert - just a thought:)