EA boss Andrew Wilson and games label head Patrick Soderlund discuss the company's need to put the consumer ahead of short-term financials
Easily fixed EA but your recent moves have shown little to counter the feedback. Seriously your sports games are like day light robbery and the attitude to your other games is appalling
Seriously!! they are far from the worst company in america!! To anyone that disputes this, have you been under a rock for the last decade??? goldman sachs and other financial sector investment firms who intentionally wrecked the global economy? or black water with all the war crimes they commit in the middle east(so many leaks of horrendous attrocities)? I can keep on going but people concentrate on a gaming company for minute things in the grand scheme of things.
^ Ermmm... No. Not really.
That isn't the point (it doesn't matter in this context) as they keep getting voted as it for what they are doing now. All I was saying is it is easily fixed but they have shown little signs of change (which is what they need to do to avoid the title).
I say Activision is very close to the same as EA for the The Worst Company in america. Activision makes poor and greedy decisions all the time. They never cares about the gamer only the money.
iamnsuperman is correct, they're making almost no effort to change. I mean just look at the bold part at the start of the article: "EA boss Andrew Wilson and games label head Patrick Soderlund discuss the company's need to put the consumer ahead of short-term financials" Can anyone honestly read that and take it seriously without laughing? EA are the most anti consumer game company out of all the major names. Are they the worst company in America? No, but I'm still going to vote for them next year simply because it offers me another way to vent my frustrations at all the crap they pull.
I love EA
Absolutely! Spot on Erudito. "Worst Company?" How ignorant the people of America are kept. Honeywell Corporation was responsible for some of the worst polluting ever known in this country. Walmart costs every community in which it puts its gargantuan stores millions of dollars a year in taxpayer subsidies. There are so, so many disgusting companies. EA? Did I miss some news story about human rights abuses by EA? If so, please share this with me so I may be better informed.
Worst company in America? I dunno, but from a gamers perspective I don't really have a problem with them. One thing that annoys me a little is how they are making a few of their top games require Origin to work. I don't want to have to launch a different online service depending on which publisher the game belongs to. Apart from that I quite like EA.
It's ok.. You're bad but Gamestop is worse!
"We don't want to be viewed as the worst company in America" They should add: "Yeah but we ain't gonna do sh** about it either!" Face it EA. You were, you ARE and you'll most likely remain the worst company in USA.
They should be the worst GAMING company in America. NOT WORST. Thats just stupid.
No that's what I meant. A video game company of course.
So don't buy them! (Well, maybe you don't, but people buy them with joy) We're talking about the title "Worst Company in America" here. Does people know how many terrible companies that make "We won't use online passes (unlike everybody else) and also we take chances on games Activision tries to stop" - EA look like Amnesty International. This article makes the point nicely: http://pixeledcourier.com/2...
Wasn't that poll in the consumer internet based? I'd argue there's a large majority of gamers on the internet, so I've always doubted the quality of that poll, but IDK. I think EA has done a fair amount to at least make their attitude seem nicer towards gamers lately, especially with them shutting down online passes. But I agree, it seems they keep making their developers half-ass their products, worst of all, Bioware, who's been suffering a lot from negative feedback lately, since DAII and ME3. I hope they can catch the wind again at some point, but DAIII looks pretty meh to me, and I just have a feeling EA will make them half-ass it.
Tough luck, maybe stop making the same FIFA version for Vita with only updated kits and squads and no changes in graphics or gameplay at all?
How about to stop selling their arse to the highest bidder and focus more on delivering quality bug free games.
That as well, or their BS about why SimCity needs to be online, micro transaction, turning Mass Effect into an action shooter and so on and so on.
Anyone who votes EA the worst company in America really needs to pay attention to what's going in the real world.
Could't agree more. Voting a gaming company as the worst just seems weird. I really don't understand peoples priorities.
I'm sure 99.99% of votes (including myself) are well aware that EA aren't the worst company in America. How deserving of the title is irrelevant, what is relevant is that it clearly bothers them and does a fantastic job of raising awareness to all the crap they pull on gamers. They are the epitome of greed and have never been shy to openly display this either.
To be fair, the other companies on that poll don't give a damn about being the worst company in america because they deal in much bigger markets than the mind share of the common consumer. You think the people at Goldman sachs don't know what people or the media is saying about them? Of course they do. You think they care so long as they can make a few billion dollars in a second? Of course they don't. At least with EA, it caught their attention, and if they're being sincere in wanting to do better I say they should go for it. If they achieve it, it'll make gamers happy. If they don't, then things will be as they always have. In the end, what the guy said in this article is about as true as it gets. It doesn't really matter if they are the worst company in the world, what matters is how people perceive them. Those people are their customers as well, and all they are talking about is making products and providing services that people actually want. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt for now, but remain skeptical until they actually prove it.
There are plenty of other publishers just as bad, although I guess hating on Activision kinda died off? I still doubt they're really the worst company in the US.
You are not "viewed", you ARE the worst company. In the world.
No, they're not. If you think EA is the worst game company out there, I can understand that (even if I don't agree). But saying they are the worst overall company in America is absolutely ridiculous and, frankly, shows you have no understanding of what goes on in the real world.
No, you misunderstood him, the reason why they are the worst is because they won the award for it.... twice in a row.
They publish and make video games. If you say they are literally the worst company in the world, you honestly need to grow up.
What people do not understand is that EA didn't randomly get to where they're at. There was a time when EA was second to PES in terms of soccer simulators. EA rose to be a great company and then really really screwed up. Now that people know how terrible they are they have to work twice as hard because they are under the eye of all gamers.
There was a time when Fifa was actually better than PES, what gives them the huge edge now is the licenses that they have exclusively. Just look at Madden not much changed in the last few years but they get away with it because NFL 2k isn`t there anymore because they have the NFL license.
Anyone who considers EA to be the worst company in America is SERIOUSLY misinformed.
As they say, gamers are the worst.
The label should really be changed to worst game company who abuses it's customers in the world award.
When you're making billions a year does it matter? Really some of the worst companies are the tobacco and oil companies.
It doesn't matter if you're the worst or not, EA. The point is that you've been making a number of poor company decisions that are making the gaming public very upset.
The problem with EA is that their business practices simply isn't popular with gamers in general. The lockdown of the NFL franchise is a clear example. Another one is Origin, which is nothing more than a store front, unlike Steam which is more like a service. Long story short, everything EA does it does so to milk cash instead of offering a service to the gamers.
Dead on. I hate how they do the Battlefield 3 and 4 on the PC. They force you to use origin. On top of that when you go play the game it brings up your internet browser instead and you find games and customize loadouts using your browser. Its like a videogame facebook...
easy fix 1 - don't butcher popular franchises into something else and lose the fans you had and gain nothing from said butchering 2 - don't take a big check to make games exclusive as this results in alienating half of the people who buy your games or maybe more than half when this new gen starts. 3 - actually update your sports games other than just the graphics & names on the jersey. 4 - maybe cut back on the micro transactions and if you have to have them don't leave them laying around in the SP parts of games like with NFS. Makes me not want to buy them even more. 5 - more new IP's all throughout the generation along with sequels to popular franchises.
Give up the exclusive NFL license already , let another company actually do something with it like 2K sports
I'm sure every conman doesn't want to be viewed as a conman.
That's silly talk, I get why people have a grudge against them but no one has ever had their homes foreclosed on due to mishandling of paperwork.
quit butchering your games on Nintendo consoles & actually release something, new & on time on them? problem solved?
I don't think they are the "WORST" company in America. I can point to certain financial institutions, such as banks who should take that. However, in the context of consumer business practices in the realm of entertainment, then by all mean if they're voted that, then that's on them. But I might add that in my view CAPCOM is the worst video game company in the world.
HAHA Capcom are the worst, agreed they suck. EA have done lots of good things lately but I agree they have lots to do still
There are far worse companies in America, in the way they treat their customers, their employees, and society. EA's not a shining star by any means, but they don't deserve the hate they get when you have other companies that wrecked the economy as a whole and put people out of their homes. The only people EA evicted were the residents of SimCity.
They can start by bringing Titanfall to the Wii U, PS3 and PS4.
EA is worse than the college bookstore.
EA basically started the micro transactions in games as we know it.
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