So before you tell me to put my tinfoil hat back on, hear me out. I know it sounds crazy, but it has a legitimate reason to exist.
I just sort of came up with this idea a few minutes ago, and wanted to put it out there for the record. Is it at all possible that EA, or whoever runs BF3 servers, could be employing players, or even bots, and giving them cheats so they can dominate the match? Like purposefully putting cheaters in the match.
Why? Simple. To literally downgrade the match, make all the players mad and want to quit. Therefore, reducing the overall value of the multiplayer aspect of the game. What do you do when the value of something goes down? You typically upgrade, or fix it, or buy a replacement. Seeing as you can't "fix" the game, or replace it. This particular one for instance, the only way to get better quality cheater control and more advanced ways of dealing with cheaters, would be most likely, buying an upgrade. In this case, Hardline, BF4, and/or BF1.
In other words, sabotaging your own product that has fulfilled its ability to generate revenue and.....forcing the player base to buy the next game. Therefore, generating more revenue.
Why not just shut down all the BF3 servers? It's not as subtle. Besides, shutting down the servers isn't as infuriating as making a player mad because someone else it headshotting him from across the map on caspian boarder with a .44 over and over again.
It's theorized that SWTOR allows "gold spammers" (bots that advertise websites that will sell in game currency for irl money. Illegal according to terms/services) (E.G. 5 US Dollars for 10 million credits) and will then be able to flush out players that do such and ban them.
In other words, using third parties to one's own advantage.
Lemme know what you guys think. Just an idea, I don't believe it myself, just something that popped into my head and made sense.