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A large collection of Battlefield 4 clans have banded together to protest against the actions of Swedish developer DICE (EA Digital Illusions CE AB) and publisher Electronic Arts. The group has referred to itself as “WeAreBattlefield” and has posted a thread covering an array of issues ranging from problems with Battlefield servers and treatment by DICE developers.

WeAreBattlefield have stated that on January 3rd a collection of around fifty clans will take their respective servers offline to protest perceived mistreatment by DICE and in part by EA. The members of WeAreBattlefield are hosts of purchased Battlefield 4 servers that state that their frustration comes from a general lack of control, input and response by developers despite paying for the server. The importance of sever hosting is that large clans will often purchase slots for players at their own expense which benefits the developer, as they don’t need to cover such costs.

Those a part of WeAreBattlefield claim that developers have done very little to reign in cheating players and there are accusations of political maneuvers by DICE in featuring servers. The full list of grievances can be found on the WeAreBattlefield official forum. Titles published by EA have been scrutinized for years for a mixture of perceived unscrupulous business practices and several abysmal episodes of games launching only to be rendered unplayable. This criticism by the Battlefield community comes just two months before the release of the already controversial sequel Battlefield: Hardline.

Players spoke out on Reddit, explaining their dissatisfaction with the decisions made regarding server hosting, recent problems with developers engaging with the community and expressing a more general sentiment criticizing the release of Battlefield 4. However going by the content of that same Reddit thread, some users are far less sympathetic to the criticism. Many users refer to the protest as pointless and that developer DICE will largely ignore player concerns. In response to that concern Staazvaind, an administrator at the WeAreBattlefield webpage, has offered the following statement:

“No, we don’t believe this will make DICE change anything soon but on the other hand the attention already is there. Maybe Dice uses it productively to show they are willing to work on the issues and listen to this alliance of admins.”

Thomas Nelson

Born in Niagara Falls, the northeast edge of the rust belt, amateur author and audiophile Thomas Nelson has exhausted almost two decades as an elitist PC gamer. His interests include history, ideology, philosophy, politics and spending an obscene amount of time staring at a computer screen. He has a degree in broadcasting and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree at Buffalo State University in political science. Thomas is currently writing for TechRaptor, a video game and tech publication.

  • WhiteNut

    And yet they keep buying the games every time a new one is released.

  • Javier Vega

    Everyone knows Battlefield 4 had issues long while back.

  • Thomas Nelson

    Say what you will about the franchise but it comes down to those that genuinely like the games but dislike the business practices and release day foul-ups.

  • Fenrir007

    If they know the players will buy it regardless, where is the incentive for EA to change? They aren’t very consumer friendly, after all.

  • Jambo

    Not trying to be a dick, but what’s your point?

  • ArsCortica

    This. They can complain as much as they want, but so long as millions of people are buying Battlefield, neither EA or Dice will move a single finger. Problems have to hurt them financially before they can be bothered to do something, and so long as EA’s aggressive marketing strategy brings in scores upon scores of teenagers into each annual Battlefield title, change’s simply not going to happen.

  • Silence Dogood

    Why am I sensing the MSM and game journo’s will paint “WeAreBattlefield” as misogynist pissbabies who are just mad that the Swedish master race isn’t giving into their “entitled” demands of controlling cheaters and providing good customer services for groups who are helping them to defer a great deal of cost by not having to maintain those servers? Oh, right. Because the game journo’s are all over the nuts of the Dev’s because they get all sorts of perks. That good old “conflict of interest”. Thankfully Tech Raptor is here.

  • Thomas Nelson

    I do believe if enough pressure is placed on developers that it reaches the ears of suits it will have an impact. All the suits care about is pleasing shareholders. If the suits have a solid economic concern that taking a specific action will impact sales performance there will be a change. EA for all of horrid things they were responsible for last year are slowly improving by my measure. Origin for one thing is still lagging behind other distribution platforms but is more willing to offer decent sales than ever before. It may be small details but so long as EA moves towards better business practices I think consumers should push back at every opportunity.

  • Javier Vega

    Point is People always had issues with Battlefield 4 about the glitches in the game its old news.They couldn’t fix the PS4 issue you couldn’t save progress on Single Player Mode,PC version all I can say is some minor reports of freezing and crashing .

  • ArsCortica

    Again, the problem is that for everyone who is fed up with EA products, for twelve-year-olds join their next annual release of the same old garbage. And that’s not just Battlefield. Did EA change a single bloody thing about its behavior when they killed C&C? When they defiled the corpse of Dungeon Keeper? Or even when they used f*cking bots to change polls in favor of Mass Effect 3?

    In all honesty, the gaming world would be better off without EA. They just systematically destroy everything they touch.