I can only speak for myself and Sascha (Managing Director)
I came into Aerosoft in 1991 as one of the companions founding Aerosoft.
Bernward Suermann, the main founder, was a classmate of myself.
In 1995 I moved into the management and in 2000 we decided to stop professional development because it was wasting a lot of money every year.
After that decision Bernward founded a new company for professional training software based on the Aerosoft department and I was the only managing director left at Aerosoft.
I am not a pilot and I was not a flight sim enthusiast. I have studied business and worked in the banking area and in marketing & pr before.
Sascha came into Aerosoft in 1996 as an apprentice. After that he was responsible for the Aerosoft logistics and the warehouse for a few years. In 2003 his responsibility was increased to purchase and later he became director purchase & sales at Aerosoft. Since 2011 he is managing director of Aerosoft. He was and is interested in all kind of computer gaming.
I hope this answers your question.
For hundred thousands of people worldwide, perhaps for millions, flight simulation is more than a game, itis their hobby.
This means that there is a strong interest in keeping this kind of 'games' alive.
So, I am positive to the future.
While Microsoft has shown no interest in the FS community for the last 10-15 years, I believe that the developers of newer flight simulators, like X-Plane, Aerofly, ... will keep their ears much closer on the needs of the community.
I prefer to work with small companies like Aerosoft instead of multinational corporations like Microsoft.
I see FSX and X-Plane for a number of years side on side in flight simulation, but on the long term a new simulator will move into the steps of MSFS.
I don't see the end of our hobby in the near future.