Regarding your apparent rhetorical question. Why would a company sabotage a product still making money.
News link deleted (Not around long enough) APPLE slowing down their phones (Google it)
It has always been a tactic of companies to make more money even if means sabotaging their own products. Electronics in general for example, a much better more efficient version is already being utilized but companies slowly introduce mediocre products to gain the financial advantage of selling you "level 4" stuff even though "level 9" stuff is operational and viable. But their is no financial gain to skip selling you level 5, 6, 7, 8. So lets not pretend it is not a tactic employed by companies. Your position in EA/Origin as a "Moderator" on this forum gives you no real information about the company. So while you may be defending them, realize you are just a peon and truly know nothing about what the company is doing.
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