of course you dont understand the reasoning for why he is doing this and what angles he has to present to other people to get them on board. you are trying to approach this with your own perspectives and somehow transpose them onto what you feel would be the logical route to take in such an endeavor. it doesnt work like that - you have to step outside of your own subjectivity to understand the subjectivity of others
Thereís nothing complex going on here. Heís making a generic fantasy MMO that he thinks will compete with Warcraft. All previous attempts at this have failed. If he wants fame and fortune, then guaranteed failure is a bad way to get it.