It was my misunderstanding that you were a content creator. It’s like this, a spare machine on your network that runs a CE server. If you enjoy what develops, you can make the server live to the greater world, or you can move the .db to a server on an external provider. Your game progress is in your hands, and accessible to other players.
As a regular through much of EA, I was unconvinced of all the great things I was missing until I actually dedicated a quality client PC to playing this game. When I began playing CE on a gaming rig, it was a watershed moment, as was when I joined a local Dedicated Server and recognized instantly what high-quality ping and framerates alone can do for a player.
It gives you stark contrast, and a meaningful understanding of what happens on an official when you crash, or why you might lag. As a journalist myself, it really helped me get to the bottom of some punishing times I have gone through in PVP. Otherwise, I’m with ya – officials all the way!