I just want to share these thoughts with Ubuntu and Canonical decision makers (i.e. @popey and others).
Dropping 32 bit support, which implies dropping Steam/wine/Proton support, will hurt Ubuntu in the short but especially medium/long term.
Games is what keeps a young audience coming back to a given OS. Games is most likely what young CS/Engineering students do when they have got free time. Is what keeps this young crowd focused on one particular OS/Distro.
I hope you realize that your young gamers of today, are your professional developers/decision makers of tomorrow.
How many folks recommending Ubuntu at the workplace are doing so because they used it (and still use) at home/privately when they were younger?
Gaming is such a pivotal factor that Microsoft invented their own API to ensure that Windows would stay the prime platform for gaming. They understood that - very well. And they did everything in their power to do so. Supporting Gaming and backward compatibility has never been an afterthought.
Please don’t destroy your core userbase, which will be your future customers.
I beg you to revert your decision.