If Starmade wants to go the way of Minecraft, and have tons of people writing tons of mods (and adding tons of value to their product)... what's up with obfusticating the code? It just doesn't seem to make business sense.
I'm not saying they should go full open source, or something as crazy as GPL. But maybe somethign like what Linden Lab did with the Second Life viewer. The source is available, and people can contribute suggestions back to them. The more eyes on the code the better it will be.