The Official servers are a donation of sorts to the player base. This isn’t a MMORPG with a monthly fee or microtransactions to pay for servers. So they have to pay for the 380 servers directly out of profits.
This is akin to a fast food place giving you a set of silverware and plates to eat your food with, real stuff, not plastic. Its not needed, but its a gesture. And not something they can keep doing forever.
Most game companies don’t include ‘official servers’ for this style of connection between players. I’m surprised Funcom even bothered to. But I know this. These servers are TEMPORARY. They cost at least $70k a month to run (assuming half rate from Gportal due to bulk). Return on Investment proves this will not be sustainable forever. Only while the game is new and selling.
Games like Space Engineers, Empyrion, and others don’t and won’t have ‘official servers’. They run entirely in Singleplayer, Co-op, or private servers. I think CE should do the same. The official servers are unregulateable messes that show a bad version of the game that simply isn’t the truth of it for every other server.
On the server I play on, if someone were to block something on purpose, it would take a quick message on Discord and an admin would be there (anytime during the day even) to demo the structure and even ban the builder.
They even take care of the little buildings people use just to block off areas and remove abandoned structures. Really enjoyable experience.
Official servers are for cheesers to cheese each other. Nothing more. If that’s where you choose to play then I assume you all are just as bad as the ones you complain about. There’s no reason to play official unless you know you will be kicked for being a crappy player on a private server.
Official servers are only for the rejects of Conan Exiles. Nothing more.