People don’t play fighting games for the same reasons they go to school. Yes, both fighters and school are hard work. The difference is one is done for entertainment, and the other is not. I have lots of hobbies that I have devoted thousands of hours to for no purpose beyond personal gratification. I didn’t need to learn to play various musical instruments, but I did it anyway. I didn’t need to learn how to make instruments and furniture, but I did that too. Hell I payed money and went to school to learn that hobby.
Maybe your hangup is that you don’t feel the end result is worth the effort, but I do. And lots of other people do as well. Fighters might be a niche market, but they are far from dead. Right now we are getting loads of new fighters, so it seems ridiculous to insist that they change something that works.
Like I said before, SFV is doing fine. If someone wants to make an easier fighter, they are welcome to do that, but saying Capcom should abandon SF and chase the casual market doesn’t do anything for the people who want new SF games. I personally don’t think you can make an easier fighter by dumbing it down. New players would have the same problems. I’d rather see them come up with a better way to teach new players how fighters work.
And it might interest you to know that Riot games acquired the Rising Thunder dev team and is rumored to be making a fighting game. I don’t know if that rumor has been verified or debunked at this point, but you might keep an eye out for that.