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Electronic Arts has yanked a large number of official DICE and EA servers for Battlefield 3's multiplayer modes on PS3 and Xbox 360, leaving mostly privately rented servers in its place. For those wondering, EA's been leasing servers out to players at $30 for thirty days.

Gamers justified the move by happily signing up in droves. There are hundreds of these bought servers online, with only a handful of official free ones now available. VentureBeat counted only seventeen EA servers on the PS3 version, and no DICE ones at all.

Community manager Daniel Matros excused the decision, stating: "There is only so much physical space and digital space where you can have servers. The community requested [rental servers] and we delivered. Everything in the wonderful world of Battlefield is dynamic."

On the one hand, players did apparently ask for the opportunity to pay EA even more money, so that's on their head. On the other, I don't think anybody asked for the free servers to be completely replaced. Either way, people are paying to rent a game they already bought for an online service many of them paid to subscribe to. And people wonder why publishers treat them like gullible idiots.

Small enough to quote the whole article. This is so sad and ridiculous on so many levels.

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I suggest reading the first couple comments at reddit as they are pretty good: Reddit Post
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Lol.
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How much money can you squeeze out of those poor console players!?

Btw, wasn't there an article stating that only 50% of total players played BF3 at least once in the last month? Pretty poor numbers...maybe EA is trying to cash in some more money before that numbers drops to near 0%..
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Is this a joke! I don't even game but am angry! What the hell ea? No bloody wonder everyone the world over hates you. Idiots. The quicker ea is wiped from the earth, the better!
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Now that's just dumb. . .
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And people will still defend EA.
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Doesnt seem like this affects PC so whatever....
post #8 of 94
And there goes the remaining players.
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This kind of thinking is perfectly fine, it's not the kind that will ruin the gaming industry like it did the pop music industry...No, we're all Notch/Mojang/Steam fanboys. rolleyes.gif
    
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post #10 of 94
Basically this will also promote mass cheating (as if there wasn't enough) as these servers probably won't have an admin on them 24/7. Too bad they killed nearly all of the official servers. Really I don't see a reason for why they wanted to. I'm guessing they will soon do this on the PC and then the audience will probably shrink to just a few groups who just play on their own servers.
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