Console-playing Battlefield 3 fans might have noticed that the server browser listing is looking a little more full now that Electronic Arts has upped the number of DICE-hosted servers. An outcry among players picked up steam on May 9, 2012 when reports emerged that the bulk of the DICE-hosted multiplayer lobbies had been replaced with player-controlled lobbies obtained via the new rent-a-server feature.
This didn't go over well, since player-controlled lobbies in Battlefield 3 are subject to whatever rules the host might set, regardless of how unfair or arbitrary those rules might be. To its credit, EA acted quickly in working to restore the absent publisher-managed servers. "You should see DICE-hosted servers up today," an EA rep told VentureBeat. "I do not have the exact percentage or number of servers, but we’ll continue to monitor this to make sure all players are having the best possible gameplay experience.”
It's time like this that you have to sit back and appreciate what the Internet can do. A change was made, one that the community didn't care for. Feedback poured in and now here we are, days later, with the issue having been addressed. Good show, EA.