Child's Play Responds To EA's DLC: They Did Not Have Our Permission To Run This Promotion

Gaming Blend "Child's Play organizer Jamie Dillion has always been upfront about the charity business and explaining what's really going on behind the scenes, and fervently explains that EA did not have their permission to use Child's Play to promote their Battlefield DLC."

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Almir9082322d ago

My God EA just keeps on ruining it for themselves.

TekoIie2321d ago

How many bullets do you think are still lodged in the companies foot? They're gonna have to move up towards their knees to fit more bullets...

vortis2321d ago

Dude, I lol'd...bubbles to you.

SilentNegotiator2321d ago

Then maybe they should switch to arrows...

Just some polish for their golden poo award. They want to be contenders for this year.

Nimblest-Assassin2321d ago

Im confused.... doesn't EA want my money?

Why is EA doing everything they possibly can so I do not want to give them my money?

EA's business practices are becoming confusing..

SSKILLZ2321d ago

can't you see bro, there trying hard to be like activision but are making a mess of them selves and sh!ting on the fan-base.

negroguy2322d ago

EA making sure they keep that worst company award.

Lulz_Boat2322d ago (Edited 2322d ago )

some years ago maybe.
now the reward is for Activision.

nuff said.

xVeZx2322d ago

there was a contest for worst company that just ended recently and EA won

kevnb2321d ago

sad really, EA isnt even close to the worst company in america.

Soldierone2321d ago

This is absolutely stupid. For one why is EA taking the heat for this specific thing? The ME3 thing wasn't set up or promoted by them at all. It was there to attract attention, and guess what, it did. All the people that requested refunds are morons, period.

Second who cares where the money is coming from? its not like it was a "raise hitler from the dead" promotion with your name slapped on it. It was a "we are raising awarness and any money we make will go to your charity" why is that a problem? they could have just kept it all themselves instead. It's really stupid. They are a gaming based charity, these charity promotions are gaming based, whats the issue?

Honestly won't be donating to them now, I'll find charities elsewhere.

IDonQuixote2321d ago

The article isn't saying that EA is taking the blame for retake Mass Effect, It's talking about the promotions EA did for the BF3 DLC back in December that was never shut down.

dennett3162321d ago

The problem is that the tactic used by RME was a deliberate and sleazy attempt to curry favour amongst gamers by slapping the name of a charity to the cause...and also an attempt to strongarm the developers of the game by ensuring they couldn't speak out against the movement for fear of being branded child hating scumbags.
It also creates a tacit connection between the charity and the cause...that they somehow endorse the cause that's attaching their name, and that's a dangerous thing for the charity to allow.
You can talk about corporate donations to the charity and the true purpose behind it all day, that's an authorized and acceptable method of said companies giving back to the gaming community. Of course it matters where the money comes from, particularly if the founders of the charity do not support the cause leeching off their name. The fact that you would deny a charity money because a bunch of uptight neckbeards got their panties in a bunch over a game ending is a perfect example as to WHY it matters where the money comes from...charities are not ammunition in an idiotic war they didn't start in the first place. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Baka-akaB2321d ago (Edited 2321d ago )

THose kind of precedent are also dangerous for a charity , beyond the ethical implications .

The moment the general public feels a charity is corporate based front , their input dry out , wich can cost far more than the sparse timed big companies donations .

Soldierone2321d ago

I didn't say I'm denying it because of that, i'm said Its stupid that they are not accepting the money because "they had no part in it."

Its like saying before I donate I have to notify them and tell them where my money came from before i give it to them.

It's absolutely stupid that people are twisting words and decision around for this charity to make it seem greedy and wrong. Then the charity jumps in and denies the money all together? I was willing to donate to the charity through mass Effect, why no still accept my money?

If a company was saying the money was going to them, but it wasn't, and the charity didn't give the name to them for that reason then fine I understand it. But that isn't the case. They are taking heat from the ME3 issue, and are not attacking EA. Like I said, who cares where the money is coming from? Its coming. Why not contact EA and clarify that whole deal before publicly making them seem evil?

vortis2321d ago

Company uses charity without charity's knowledge to peddle DLC = Good

Gamers uses charity to raise awareness to dev/pub = Bad

Keep that logic-train running pal, it's doing wonders to make you seem anti-gaming.

aliengmr2321d ago

"also an attempt to strongarm the developers of the game by ensuring they couldn't speak out against the movement for fear of being branded child hating scumbags."

Well that didn't work did it. Retake has been both marginalized and blamed for all sorts of horrible things that were done by a few people. Do read IGN or PA? There were bloggers comparing retake to freakin terrorists while at the same time calling them whiners. So, that tactic failed.

Retake using a charity may not have been the right thing to do, but they raised $80,000. So, no they shouldn't be ashamed.

dennett3162321d ago

@Vortis, I wasn't referring to EA using Childs Play, that's just as bad as the RME guys doing it, I was referring to the portion in the linked article where people were criticising the charity for accepting donations from publishers etc. that they have dealt with. I didn't make that clear.

EA were slimy for doing it without permission, as were the RME crew...both had ulterior motives and agendas beyond helping sick kids.

@Soldierone, the money had to be turned down to send the message that it was not OK to use the Child's Play name in that fashion...they have to protect their image, and were right to do so. If the RME crew had gone through the proper channels, that would be a different matter entirely.

dennett3162321d ago

@Aliengmr, no it didn't work, and I'm glad plenty of people saw it for the sham trick it was to boost their popularity...leech off a popular gaming charity to get publicity and tacit support for their silly cause.

And they absolutely should be ashamed...Soldierone has stated he will no longer donate to the charity, and that is indirectly linked to the actions of the RME group and their unauthorized use of the Child's Play name. That's harmful. It's also harmful to encourage charitable donation out of spite or misguided notions of sticking it to Bioware because you happen to think they wrote a terrible ending. Agree with that notion or not, RME were wrong to use a charity to their own ends. Disgusting.

ziggurcat2321d ago

@ dennett316:

shhhhh... that's too much logic and reason - you're going to be branded an EA "shill" if you're not careful.

you need to be more irrational, and knee-jerk reactionary.

kevinsheeks2321d ago

It's sad that foolish people like ziggurcat and dennett316 even get to post. The story has nothing to do with retake mass effect yet they somehow drag it into the conversation and try to twist the meaning behind it while at the same time saying poor EA.

I mean really read his post closely

"the problem is that the tactic used by RME was a deliberate and sleazy attempt to curry favour amongst gamers by slapping the name of a charity to the cause"

Now lets go to what he said about EA

"You can talk about corporate donations to the charity and the true purpose behind it all day, that's an authorized and acceptable method of said companies giving back to the gaming community."

How can you know what a company or an organized group's purpose is you sound like you work PR for EA next time keep with the focus of the article instead of venturing off with your own silly assumptions.

ziggurcat2321d ago

well, that didn't take long...

@ kevinsheeks:

what you fail to understand is that this article is related to this one (written by the same author, no less):

so it has a lot to do with RME. twist the meaning? it's whole purpose was to try and get bioware to change the ending to a video game (i.e. ME3). it had nothing to do with actually helping sicks kids, so don't fool yourself into thinking otherwise.

also, the whole point in this article was a further attempt at making penny arcade (the main operation behind the charity) appear "hypocritical" by shutting down RME's funding drive (but not EA's), and to increasingly villainize EA by implying that they didn't even contact child's play prior to implementing their funding drive this past christmas.

and i won't even get into how the source of that information is highly suspect (reddit, for god's sake...). it's about as awful as kotaku citing pastebin as a source of information regarding the next playstation system - it's just lazy journalism.

EA isn't the only company on the planet to have created a product with the intent to sell it and donate a portion of the proceeds to charity (i can think of several occasions where mcdonald's sold their coffee/big macs and donated a portion of the proceeds to charity, or sony creating an XMB theme and donating the proceeds to help the japanese earthquake victims) nor would it have been the first time they've done such a thing.

and it's a problem now, why? because ME fans are upset because they didn't get their way? because the charity they were hiding behind saw what they were doing as an abuse of their image and shut them down? because it's EA?

get real...

vortis2321d ago


Dude, how come every time you post it's always defending EA? Did you check the Reddit post? It's by Jamie Dillion, she even posts her e-mail and shows that she's a verified member? I'm pretty sure if the source was an e-mail you'd say "well there's no way to tell if that e-mail is legit"

Just sounds like you're trying hard to run damage control for EA, dude.

Hands down, if you don't want corporations to be pulled into question over ethically questionable tactics then stick with IGN and GameSpot because they never slap the hand that feeds them (or inform consumers about potentially wallet-raping endeavors). You'll fit in well over there.

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MySwordIsHeavenly2321d ago

Still upset that EA beat out GameStop for worst company. -_- Three and a half years of working for corporate tools and nothing to show for it...

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