Originally posted by X-Gaming You will need to contact EA directly for this. One of the things they ask for is you put up a minimum of 10 public servers to be eligible.
Its kinda funny (as I know absolutly nothing on the subject), but we had a guy a few months ago begging for sponsorship of "ranked" servers that he was hosting (to boot he wanted 10 meg unmetered boxes for *free*!). The real kicker was he was trying to sell me on what a huge opportunity this was for PC (frankly, I found it to be a rather large insult), but the guy *sold* gameservers (amazing how guys can sell a product, but not pay for their own goods/advertising really).
Im not sure if you can get your own server ranked through EA, I was told by someone that you need to purchase the server through EA to get it Ranked, or at least better deal to do get it ranked if you buy it from them. I suggest you contact them directly or ask around on some BF2 Forums, there're plenty forums for the BF Community
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If you are accepted to the 'Trusted Partners' program you can host your own servers off your equipment but there are several stipulations you have to adhere to.. If you only have a few machines I wouldn't bother since you have to put up 10 public servers for one year just to qualify then one more for each server you rent to your customers.
Yes I suppose. But concerning the OP and 99% of the others that are wanting to rent out ranked servers they do have a bandwidth quota to contend with. Not to mention you will need to put up at least 4 machines dedicated to just BF2 for a full year just to make EA happy.. Pretty much the only thing it serves to do is weed out the small GSP's that do not have the resources to comply with EA's wishes.. Not what I would have done but then again it doesn't affect me either so..