Actually, that’s what I meant to imply but probably didn’t get around to saying very well in the post. As a 1-man shop I still use EI too, and have played around with Blender for years (though never actually used it all the way through finish on anything.)
But 1-person studios obviously aren’t enough to keep EI afloat, or it wouldn’t be in the position we see it in right now. They need to get a foothold back in the places they used to have, the ones that buy multiple seats of the software. They are the ones who’ve gone over to Maya and Cinema in droves.
So to revisit what I was saying about EI losing sales to Blender, in the context of the small-time operation I just don’t see anyone actually dropping EI completely to switch over. The nature of being a small studio requires me to have more tools, if anything.
Still just my opinion though - and an opinion heavily biased towards what I do most, which is broadcast and theatrical motion graphics, so take for what its worth.