EA wins ‘Worst Company in America’ award two years running

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By on April 10, 2013 at 9:07 am

EA has taken out The Consumerist’s ‘Worst Company in America’ award for the second year in a row — the first time any company has done so in the history of the poll.

The game publisher edged out the Bank of America, Comcast and Walmart to claim the prize, taking an astonishing 78% of the final vote against the Bank of America.

Today’s announcement comes on the back of a heartfelt message by EA COO Peter Moore in which he claimed that the company had made a number of mistakes but was dedicated to fixing them and doing better.

In response, The Consumerist itself issued a strongly-worded rebuttal, saying that EA was shifting the blame to homophobes and “whiny Madden fans” rather than addressing the real reasons that people voted for EA, including dissatisfaction over broken games and microtransaction models.

Source: The Consumerist

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Wow, will they get a reward and make an acceptance speech? I’m sure they’ll display it like a medal of…something that makes people respect you, I just can’t think of the word…

 

SimCity will have a new “DLC” building type, The EA tower. You will need more treatment plants to support this build as it produces a lot of crap. ;)

 

It was a 4chan hit from v. Never has their been a more entitled group of whiny man children. Perspective was never a strong point. Worst game company, most likely. Worst company? No.

 

This blame shifting can’t be solved by not giving EA money. All we can do is call them out on it.

Also, before Makena and others chime in saying “Stop giving EA money”, it can be impossible for some types of games. A classic example is NFL games. If you want to buy an NFL game that has the current rosters, teams, stadiums, etc then you have to buy an EA game because they have the exclusive rights to the NFL license.

Also, who can forget the “Porsche in Forza 4″ debacle?

 

Nemesis_22,

Worst company that affects them more or less directly, probably. While I agree there are worse companies out there, people tend to vote based on things they know. For most of them, they know EA is bad thus they get the vote.

 

ottomatic,

Probably, but some people are so overly dramatically enraged at EA you’d think they’d personally killed a close family member while twirling their moustache.

 

PalZer0:
This blame shifting can’t be solved by not giving EA money. All we can do is call them out on it.

Also, before Makena and others chime in saying “Stop giving EA money”, it can be impossible for some types of games. A classic example is NFL games. If you want to buy an NFL game that has the current rosters, teams, stadiums, etc then you have to buy an EA game because they have the exclusive rights to the NFL license.

Also, who can forget the “Porsche in Forza 4″ debacle?

No, it’s really not impossible, you don’t NEED to play any specific video game.

In your example, if you “need” the game, then obviously the gain you get from having an up to date version of whatever game, outweighs your distaste. If no one bought EA games, then they’d be forced to change.

Like I said on IRC last night, just admit you want their games, and your desire to have them outweighs your dislike of the company.

 

I dunno, but from a global stand-point, I’d tie them in with Telstra.

 

makena,

Was thinking that myself. Why do people need to go out and buy the latest sports games? Because team rosters and stuff are different? How does this actually effect the gameplay at all? Mind you I’ve never understood sports games at all, I find them all boring regardless of publisher/developer. <_<

So yeah, if you're continually buying John Madden 20XX or whatever then it can't mean you dislike EA, can it? If it were the case you'd be able to resist these game releases with tiny incremental changes each year.

 

No way are they worse than the banks!

 
MuscularTeeth

i can think of a few actual weapon manufacturers, food genetic crop companies, big pharma, tobacco, oil and energy companys, pokie system companys etc that would surely rank as far more counterproductive to society than a games company.

just the way big pharma re-patent their drugs to keep a hold of them rather than allowing generic drugs to be sold, and thus not allowing millions of people to have medical care is surely way way way more evil.

some people have no idea of context

 
 
charliebrownau

Im surprised EA Games, Testra/Bigpond and Ubisoft didn’t tie for first place

 

muscularteeth,

Exactly. And as Nemesis said, it’s not like EA has killed anyone! I’d agree that they may be the worst video game company around but there are other corporations out there which are destroying the natural environment and dramatically changing people’s lives for the worse.

Games at the end of the day are just a form of entrainment and really don’t matter much in the grand scheme of things. There is no way EA is worse than companies who have destroyed the environment and people’s lives.

Otto-matic is right though – people are voting for EA based on what they have directly experienced and know.

I’d personally consider companies using coal seam fracking at the moment to be the worst, low life companies on the planet.

 

Nemesis_22:
It was a 4chan hit from v.Never has their been a more entitled group of whiny man children.Perspective was never a strong point.Worst game company, most likely.Worst company?No.

While I agree on your last point, I think this is a textbook case of reaping what one sows. After treating the gaming public with nothing but contempt for nearly 20 years, it’s little wonder they are being shamed by continual smear campaigns.

 

Nemesis_22:
It was a 4chan hit from v.Never has their been a more entitled group of whiny man children.Perspective was never a strong point.Worst game company, most likely.Worst company?No.

I dunno the “Coalition unveils National Broadband Policy” article has some pretty self entitled whiny man children in it.

vcatkiller: Why do people need to go out and buy the latest sports games?

I don’t understand why people “need” to buy any games there is this kind of attitude in the games community of “I MUST have this new release” and then the same people go online and say it’s the worse thing ever time and time again, at least a dozen people i know did the same thing with battlefield 3 the games community needs to learn to wait for reviews instead of impulse buying everything, or at the very least too do a little more research into what they are buying than just looking at the box art.

 

I saw it summed up best in a comment to the COO’s message.

“… we love your licences more than we love EA, never forget that.”

Comparing them to companies like Blizzard / Valve, they have no fan loyalty, just franchise loyalty.

 

spooler,

Wow that was a long sentence right there. You and Yahtzee would have great fun together. :P

I do agree though, I’ve been that way myself in the past. My mate is still the same though, each new game release is suddenly a life-or-death purchase and the world may end if he doesn’t get it on release date. He even throws tantrums if a game breaks street date and he can’t play it because of Steam. Or gets riled up because the PC release is months after the console release.

Life’s too short to get stressed over computer games. Honestly, there are many other things to get stressed over.

 

and next year, it’ll happen again q:)

 

vcatkiller,

I don’t buy sports games, but don’t EA shut down the servers on old sports games to force you to buy the latest version? I guess it is like a drug, some people can get addicted to certain games and need to keep buying the latest version. Or maybe it is some form of nostalgia where a game reminds you of that first time you played it and you want to get that brand new feeling back.

 
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