Official Battlefield 3 Servers Vanish as Rental Servers Take Over
But if you want to play Battlefield 3 as it was originally released, on an official EA or DICE server, you might be out of luck — because it appears there aren’t really any left.
Users have had trouble tracking down official servers with vanilla BF3, they’re saying, and VentureBeat even took a minute to do a quick search for official servers — and came up with none from DICE and only about 17 from EA.
Community Manager Daniel Matros took to the Internet to answer player questions about the server situation, and offered this explanation:
“There is only so much physical space and digital space where you can have servers. The community requested and we delivered.”
So basically, EA and DICE eliminated official servers in order to offer rentable ones. That seems like a dumb trade-off, really, but Matros also said he’d take the concerns back to DICE and that nothing was permanent.