There should be a way of players gaining vip tickets for there benefits without the need for purchasing. For example why cannot you trade raid tickets say 1000 for 100 vip tickets this way non purchasing players can keep up
Because VIP tickets were intended to support paying players, you know, because developers need money to work on the game.But have no worries, now most of the benefits of VIP levels are obsolete, and you don't miss much.
I’ve played several other online games on a similar platform to DS, and yes VIP is in place to encourage players to buy in order to receive special benefits. That being said, these other games occasionally offered VIP as contest rewards which allowed non-spenders, or minimal spenders the opportunity to raise their VIP status or at least earn points towards the next VIP. In truth it usually resulted in individuals buying in the end as they would be fairly close to the next VIP level therefore could justify purchasing to reach it. It would be nice to see VIP points as an occasional event reward on DS.
That's the whole point of VIP tickets, to spend. Without them the game doesn't exist. If they just give them away no one would ever spend because us vip players would be able to use our 10s & 100s of thousands of otherwise useless raid tickets to upgrade. So in reality you'd really just make it even easier for VIP players & kill the game entirely at the same time. Though & do like @Lady_Red_III idea, that isn't a bad idea at all.