I guess so.Yeah, but skating is not the only sport that has imposed some kind of level of mastery in order to get into Worlds, and I personally don't mind that. Skaters get media exposure all the way down to Junior Grand Prix events now, and they don't need a Worlds to be finally 'seen' like used to be the case. And even then, some skaters were getting sent to worlds with absolutely zero chance of getting out of the rarely-aired QR. And I commented above about the judging and tech panels -- regardless of how much you've volunteered for the sport and love it, it really did have to be taxing for those judges in the late 2000s with all of those skaters.
But from the skater's perspective, saying that they participated at a world championships holds so much more prestige than the Santa Claus Cup.
Further, developing nations back in the day like China and Korea may never have got the chance to see what they needed to work on in order to become the powerhouse nations they are now.