First, the 2000 gold spent on the PTR servers to enter the festival PTR server were refunded to you.
Regarding "this not being interesting for the live servers": You are right. Whatever you gain on PTR has no effect on your live account due to the fact that they're set up exclusively for testing purposes.
The benefits of playing PTR are:
- 8000 gold each round to spend on PTR only as a thank-you gift from us to you for helping us test these servers and report back bugs so we'll be able to fix them before they go live
- you will be able to experience updates and events such as the winter market or now the festival server before the players on live will
However, the game on a PTR server isn't intended to be the "real Rail Nation experience". We reserve the right to foward or end servers prematurely for however we see it fits our testing purposes best.
That being said, we appreciate all of you for playing PTR and helping us out. We just wish for you to understand that you will never have the same experience on PTR as you do on the live servers, since this has never been our intention in the first place.
I hope I could clear that up for you.