I'm referring to the average/casual players, not the enthusiasts that take the game more seriously. Recently I've noticed a common question being asked on these forums and Reddit. 'When is Dice going to provide official All Maps servers?' I've seen that question come up a lot lately, I'm sure you have too.
I commented on these threads and mentioned how there are many Conquest All Maps servers out there sitting empty. I asked - Why are so many players willing to jump on TSNP servers and spend the time getting those servers going, yet they don't seem willing to do that on rented All Maps servers? I did not receive ONE comment to my questions. It was ignored on five separate threads. Last weekend, myself and a few friends were on my server trying to get a round going on Soissons. We had 8 players on and I was watching the browser on my second computer. I watched players jumping on an empty TSNP West server running Soissons. My server is also in the West. Eventually over 30-45 minutes, they managed to get the round going and what server traffic I had eventually left. What does this tell you? It tells me that most players prefer Dice official servers, not our rented servers even if it means getting to play All Maps.
Considering that there is a glut of Official servers and we have the new DLC maps dropping next week, there will be only more official DLC maps servers to choose from and people such as myself will have an even harder time ever getting our servers going. Dice has done nothing to make it easier for us, such as dropping the player start count down to 4-6 for official settings, nor addressing the Custom servers not showing up in the browser without special filter settings. In all honesty, I don't think they will ever will fix these main problems, which means that those of us that haven't been successful in drawing consistent server traffic by now, much less even getting a round going, are just flushing our $45 a month down the toilet.