EA receives another perfect score on Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index

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By on December 14, 2013 at 11:20 am

Although comment threads will have you believe EA is the veritable devil, the publisher has its fans. The Human Rights Campaign is one of these fans, and it’s awarded EA yet another perfect score in its annual Corporate Equality Index, naming it one of the best companies to work for in the US for at least the third time.

EA doesn’t just enforce a zero-tolerance approach to workplace discrimination; it’s active in diversifying its corporate culture and isn’t afraid to demonstrate this to the world. Its dedicated Diversity & Inclusion team put together the excellent Full Spectrum event, which aimed to promote a positive and diverse culture in all aspects of gaming. It was a major sponsor of the GaymerX convention.

The publisher does a lot of good work elsewhere, too; it raised $10.5 million for charity through its Humble Bundle offering this year, has never said no to BioWare’s ongoing efforts to make its games inclusive; and recently axed online passes because you hate them.

Despite this, it won Worst Company in America for an unprecedented two years in a row, is constantly criticised for its mergers and acquisitions behaviour, and catches a lot of flack for DLC, microtransactions, and Origin. We have a mixed opinion.

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Or “Here at EA we don’t discriminate. We’ll accept anybody of any race, colour, creed or belief system into our coding sweat shops!” :P

 

So the company does some good things and some bad things. This doesn’t make the bad things not bad!

 

nit001,

By that logic it doesn’t make the good things not good either. Actually like every other businesses out there in the world.

 
 

What value is a perfect score in a system that doesn’t deduct massive points for enforced crunch?

 

EA hardly does any bad things these days. They were just the first to do what we consider bad. Other publishers did the same thing just after EA did it. EA was the first to do DRM people hated back in 2008. Its never done online only DRM. Though there’s some suspicions a it simcity. Though why they would suddenly make one game when they have origin online only purely for DRM makes no sense. They had bad customer server but not any more. They still like DLC. But so does every other publisher. there isn’t anything bad about origin. They have a nice refund policy they support modding and fully support indie games even going as far as to sponser indieDB with origin. Steamworkshop was valves reaction too origin. And origin can hardly copy them now can they.

People have forgotten all the bad things valve did when it was bitterly hated years ago. But when the hate started to die off for valve it started up for EA in 2008. Now everyone loves Valve which I find sorta ironic. You forgot what valve has done. I think its time to forget what EA has done. As personally I think a company like BP should be voted worst company instead of EA. Only guilty thing I find them of is overpriced and lots of DLC. Though they have lots of sales all the time these days.

 
Nasty Wet Smear

“Can’t wait to see how you turn this into a bad thing.”

Typical EA! Always grabbing for attention while their dirty practices go unnoticed by the ignorant masses!

… Well, I gave it a shot.

 

nastywetsmear,

That was actually pretty good :P

 

“Can’t wait to see how you turn this into a bad thing.”

Trolling from news posts … Very mature and professional.

Moving on, good to see that even though they grossly mistreat consumers it’s good to see that inside the land of mordor they are a solid employer.

 

spooler:
“Can’t wait to see how you turn this into a bad thing.”

Trolling from news posts … Very mature and professional.

Moving on, good to see that even though they grossly mistreat consumers it’s good to see that inside the land of mordor they are a solid employer.

Grossly mistreat customers???

Not these days. They treat the customer better than valve treats a customer. Their customer service is amazing now they have stopped hiring gibbons and actually train people. Unlike valves customer service. And they have a refund policy. So even if you buy a game even a 3rd party game but you didn’t like it for any reason you have 24 hours to get a full refund. If you didn’t play it you have 7 days. You can even instal it and not play it and still have 7 days to get a refund.

Steam don’t do refunds. So if you buy a game but it was bad you can’t get your money back. Which happens all too often with new releases these days.

If you forget what EA has done in the past EA is one of the better publishers. The hate started from 1 move back in 2008. And then there was so much peer pressure to hate EA. Anyone who said anything positive about EA had death threats against them. No lies that happened.

 

lemonater47: They treat the customer better than valve treats a customer.

yea totally… they don’t charge Australians more based on the fact that we live in Australia … wait …

lemonater47: The hate started from 1 move back in 2008.

They don’t publish anything I have any real interest in playing … as since … battlefield 2 ? I haven’t enjoyed an EA game. I don’t hate them I just don’t like the way they treat customers/the quality of their titles/geo-pricing.

lemonater47: Their customer service is amazing now they have stopped hiring gibbons and actually train people.

I haven’t had to deal with it in years but my last experience of EA was not pleasant at all …

lemonater47: Unlike valves customer service.

there’s more than 2 publishers in the world but … I’ve never had a problem with Valve customer service … I’ve even had them refund things they had no obligation to …

lemonater47: Steam don’t do refunds. So if you buy a game but it was bad you can’t get your money back. Which happens all too often with new releases these days.

This is why you wait for reviews… consumer awareness is important… Again personally I haven’t enjoyed an EA title in years.

lemonater47: And then there was so much peer pressure to hate EA. Anyone who said anything positive about EA had death threats against them. No lies that happened.

I’ve said good things about EA since 2008 … granted not many but still I praised them for letting Bioware do their own thing with The old republic quite publicly and never received a death threat … Also in 2008 I praised the support and effort given to red alert 3 because I thought co-op all the way throughout the game was an awesome idea, I ended up not enjoying the finished result that much because it was the usual rushed EA release but even still …

 

It’s interesting, everyone bags out publishers for “rushing games” but at the end of the day they have to get games out to hit sales. They’re a publicly listed company and if they show too much leniency then what’s the point of a deadline?

They also invest massive amounts of cash into the industry so it’s no surprise when our demands for quality games pushes them into the safe development option.

It’s a double edged sword, I totally understand how goddamn frustrating it is that a publisher will “rush” a game, but on the other side of the coin, they have to get the game out within a reasonable timeframe so as not to negatively impact their business. They don’t have the luxury of someone like Blizzard, and even they haven’t got the spotless track record they once did (seriously Diablo 3 was more frustrating for me than Simcity).

So I’m in the same boat as lemonater, they’ve made plenty of mistakes in the past, and they still make some to this day. However EA has come a long way in the last decade and hopefully we will see them continue to move forward in the future.

 

ashigaru: It’s a double edged sword, I totally understand how goddamn frustrating it is that a publisher will “rush” a game, but on the other side of the coin, they have to get the game out within a reasonable timeframe

This is true someone has to draw the line on feature complete but it”s reasonable to expect a game you purchase to work.

 
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