Polygon reports that official EA and DICE-run online game servers for the console version of Battlefield 3 are becoming nearly non-existent. Complaints about the lack of official servers for the game have been growing on Reddit, according to VentureBeat, who compiled an extensive list of complaints from players. Players attribute this to EA's move to rent out server space to players for $30 a month. But while player-run servers picked up the slack, EA and developer DICE apparently decided to cut back on the number of official servers available to players.
In recent "Ask me Anything" Reddit thread, DICE community manager Daniel Matros responded to concerned fans, saying that "there is only so much physical space and digital space where you can have servers. The community requested [a rental program] and we delivered."
When another commenter on that thread raised the same concerns, Matros promised to bring up the issue within the company:
"I've heard this for a while now and the feedback has gotten louder. This is definitely something I will raise when I get back into the studio tomorrow."
Polygon points out that they were unable to find a single official server on the Xbox 360 version of Battlefield 3 run by DICE or EA.
We'll have more on this story as it develops.