I’d say you nailed it there NP. In the time since I joined the game I don’t think there has ever been such a good chance of finding a game.
As for people not playing because of the bickering here on the forums I’d say it has less of an impact compared to the fact that quite a few play almost every day. Now even with scorched being as fun and great as it is you get bored from time to time if you play too much. On the bright side most people that take a break come back sooner or later (sooner being the more common scenario).