GI;Last year, Electronic Arts won the Consumerist's award for worst company in America, as voted on by readers of the site. Will the publisher take home the award two years in a row?
Too bad those polls won't change anything. Actually, I think EA might be able to retaliate with even more DRM and micro-transactions and DLCs. And guess what ? They are going to make sooo much money.
2 times in a row dam
When you dilute and destroy a perfectly good franchise like Dead Space that had such a great following, you deserve everything you get after that.
i wonder if they will respond to this is they win again
Looks like its time for a name change...
I hope EA go bankrupt.
As much as I dislike EA's consumer hostile business practices, I do not wish them bankruptcy. They do produce some stuff I like, and I would rather have the option of ignoring them than nothing at all!
To say EA is worst then Comcast,Verizon,and At&t is just wrong.
Yeah EA said that the last time they got voted. Showing what a joke the poll is.
Well that's the thing, EA is probably more hated because they actually do have some good properties that people like. It's just their business decisions ruin the properties and in turn the passionate people backlash over it. Strange company.
Maybe so but everyone who is against online drm now has an additional way of voting instead of just with your wallets.
Not to mention the banks included in the bracket.
Last year they were up against financial institutions that helped destroy the economy, put millions of people out of work, and caused hundreds of thousands to lose their homes due to their poor lending practices. It was wrong last year, and it is wrong this year. They shouldn't even be on the list with the real choices that are out there. Last year they "won" because they were coming off the hotly debated ME3 ending debate. Show's where people priorities are IMO. If this poll were for worst game publisher, then yeah, no problem. But EA is far from the worst company in America.
I dont understand how EA is the worst. They don't always do things I like, but at the start of this generation they were "heros" with games like Mirrors edge.... now Time Warner Cable is a horrible company.
In a gamers perspective, yeah EA pushes buttons to be the worst. However even then you can't entirely push all the hate on them, some other companies do things bad too. However in terms of overall worst company? No way in hell do they beat out banks, AT T, and other companies. Those are the absolute worst.
Yes, it's karma time!! There is going to be a lot of Sim City fans voting.
EA worked really hard to win this award. Congrats to all involved!
Nice... your comment made me chuckle, and I've had a crap day. So... thank's. On topic: I can understand some people having issue with EA for some of their practices. There are a few thing's they've done that I didn't like, but I still don't see them as "the worst". Activision is still far worse IMO... and a couple others.
Yes indeed. Dragon Age 2.... Mass Effect 3 ending Simcity server gridlock I just wonder what is next with Battlefield 4, Dragon Age 3, and didn't EA say they have new IPs coming a year or two ago for the new generation. EA on the other hand did claim they would try with Dragon Age 3 to make things better. They also released an extra extension onto the Mass Effect 3 ending. I know it doesn't hide the ending much. Its an at least attempt. It takes money to do anything else and we all know a publisher isn't going to go but so far to spend on its consumers. EA also have turned on some servers for Simcity which apparently they forgot about even having to need them when the game launched. DRM is a failure when the company doesn't even know how it works.
For 10$ you can vote for EA as the worse company
I believe the hate for EA is irrational. They do things every publisher does but for some reason they get all the hate
True...they're, conceptually, not doing anything "original" compared to most publishers out there; it's just being the leader in almost every bad idea, despite the chances to avoid them. EA: Why stop at multiplayer for online passes when singleplayer's ripe for the picking (Amalur)? Why not make our own online store, sell our published products at the same price as retail, and push DRM as the world has never seen before? etc. etc.
They'll never be forgiven for killing Bullfrog Productions. Maker of games like Theme Park, Magic Carpet, Syndicate, Populous, Hi-Octane, Dungeon Keeper, Theme Hospital.
Where the hell are companies like Monsanto in this list?
Lol, I applied for a position with those guys. Went with Boeing instead though.
EA are not the worst company, but definitely the worst gaming company by a country mile!
What's the worst company then? @kevnb Yknow. I absolutely LOVE how you seem to talk like everybody knows who Monsanto are. I had to google them to know who they are. Not everybody is as smart as you Kev.
Are people really this ignorant? Look at a company like monsanto compared to ea for example. Maybe people should know who they are and stop worrying so much about mass effect 3s ending. Look I love video games, but ea being up for worst company of the year is disgusting.
SURELY, SURELY EA MUST have a soul... cmon EA...
I find this deeply disturbing...
They really are. Everything from DRM, Origin, buying out great companies and ruining them, the list goes on and on.
That may be bad for gamers but thats nowhere near as bad when compared to what the banks have done over the past few years, stealing millions of dollars from the poor and middle class, shitty business practices(like making bad deals on purpose so the guy they sold them to gets f*cked) the corrupt banks are 10x worse than EA being greedy
What a joke. The gaming community is full of hypocritical whiners. If EA is so bad, stop buying their games. They wouldn't be around at this point if the amount of people who supposedly hate them weren't still buying their games year after year.