Yes. I remember one of my oldest questions ever drew like 3,000+ views (I checked about a year ago before they hid the views).
The reason for that was because it managed to be a top google search result. From a business perspective, if you managed to create that much traffic for any website, that service is worth moolah. When views are hidden, that completely rules out an obligation for reward. It has to do with money.
Of course it may have to do with protecting users, which makes no sense. Youtube videos show views, likes, etc. Why can't these questions do the same?