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EA 'wins' its second Worst Company in America poll

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Electronic Arts is officially the Worst Company In America once more, according to the voters of Consumerists' March-madness-style bracket. The publisher pulled in almost 78 percent of the votes in the final round against Bank of America.

This is the first time in the poll's 8-year history that a contender has won the "Golden Poo" twice, let alone twice in a row. EA Chief Operating Officer Peter Moore said the publisher could "do better" when its "victory" loomed, but he dismissed many of the concerns he felt contributed to its ranking.

The Consumerist responded with a question of its own:

"When we live in an era marked by massive oil spills, faulty foreclosures by bad banks, and rampant consolidation in the airline and telecom industry, what does it say about EA’s business practices that so many people have--for the second year in a row--come out to hand it the title of Worst Company In America?"

EA's chief publishing rival Activision Blizzard, which has taken its share of lumps from gamers, has never appeared on a Worst Company In America bracket.

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16 comments

  • NullG7 - April 12, 2013 7:51 a.m.

    Yup
  • slimjim441 - April 10, 2013 1:28 a.m.

    Bottom line: EA and President Obama are conspiring to make everyone grumpy and utterly redefine the term 'buyer's remorse.' Time to face facts, people.
  • heznave1 - April 10, 2013 5:30 p.m.

    Please, no politics.
  • slimjim441 - April 11, 2013 7:55 p.m.

    I guess my troll wasn't obvious enough.
  • MD-Stranger - April 9, 2013 11:17 p.m.

    I'm so glad people decided to place their first world problems ahead of actual problems
  • winner2 - April 9, 2013 6:13 p.m.

    I think this makes sense, I don't see the same completely illogical mess a lot of people are seeing. I see "worst company" as "company with worst practices". EA is a money hungry, soul-less company IMO, they do things that piss a lot of people off, and those decisions to run franchises into the ground come from up top. Comparing EA to a company like BP, as I see people doing, doesn't feel right. BP didn't make the decision to flood the gulf with oil, that was an accident rather than a conscious decision to take a certain course of action with assets. EA has unfavorable practices, as does bank of america. BP didn't decide to flood the gulf, but EA has, does, and will probably continue to annualize franchises and ruin them in the process due to rushing, all for money, even if it drives away creativity.
  • supergiraffe - April 9, 2013 3:08 p.m.

    Why is this even an open poll? I want EA to embrace it, and go full heel like a wrestling villain. Interrupt Nintendo events to talk about Battlefield, insult the people who live in whatever city the gamer is from, and I've run out of wrestling stereotypes.
  • GAYMER - April 9, 2013 3:06 p.m.

    Haha you know Activision is probably really happy to hear about this. But in all seriousness, this poll is pretty ridiculous.
  • BladedFalcon - April 9, 2013 2:08 p.m.

    *Facepalms* seriously people, that's just idiotic, as shitty as they might be, they don't manage anything actually VITAL, nor are they screwing the economy big time, or killing ecosystems >_> Also... it does baffles me that if EA is already here, Activision should also be, (if nothing else because it indicates that the majority of voters are gamers.) And yet they aren't... what the hell people? Activision as a game company is just as bad if not WORSE than EA >_>
  • Lucky256 - April 9, 2013 2:26 p.m.

    Exactly, EA doesn't screw the economy, or kill ecosystems. And it's pretty obvious why, they're in the wrong business for that. Look at it from a what-if perspective. For instance: If they ran a bank, they’d make you pay $100 to use the atms at all, and charge a $1 just to walk in the door/talk to a teller. If they caused a massive oil spill, they’d charge every $1 per cubic inch to clean it up, and start a kickstarter asking for $100 million to plug the leak. Just because they aren’t in a position to cause this sort of damage doesn’t mean they wouldn’t if they could. I'm just hoping EA gets the message. I would be voting for other companies if they would. The thing is they don't, just because they're too big to feel a thing.
  • BladedFalcon - April 9, 2013 3:28 p.m.

    But they DON'T run a bank, and they DIDN'T cause a massive oil spill. Punishing them instead do the companies actually responsible just because you think their practices are wrong is misguided and idiotic. Specially because YOU yourself just admitted at the end that even doing this won't change a thing for them, if it would, they would have learned from last year. In that sense, sure the poll then is kinda useless if we're expecting that it will somehow change ANY's company's mind, but it's also very reflective of the people that vote in it, and what that shows, is that most voters are coddled, narrow minded gamers who never really bother to take stock on what truly matters in the world at large, and that speaks very badly of us as a community.
  • Lucky256 - April 9, 2013 4:06 p.m.

    I should have worded my last statement a bit better maybe. I meant that I would be voting for other companies, if they (the other companies) got the message. EA is the only company small enough to feel it, so I voted for them. Every other company deserves the trophy just as much, and should be ashamed to have even been nominated, but there's no use in making them win. Previous years have already proven this. EA did get the message last year, probably because their stocks did lower quite a bit after the result. Maybe this year sends a stronger message. If not, I hope this doesn't repeat next year, in order not to devaluate the Golden Poo even more. All I, and I think a lot of other gamers, want is just is an apology and an acknowledgement that their past actions have been wrong, and a prospect of better customer service, finished games and less nickle-and-diming. Instead, we received a statement essentially calling us entitled and homophobic. Ironically while lgbt groups were voting for EA as well. It may shortsighted and narrow minded to vote them as the worst company of America, because they are definitely not that, but at least we have a chance of hitting them via the internet. Internet is a big part of gaming, so it's only fitting it's done it this way.
  • BladedFalcon - April 9, 2013 4:31 p.m.

    I understand the anger that gamers have towards EA, don't get that wrong. Heck, I myself have condemned in the past several times and I have now even vowed to boycott them. But still, even with your reasoning, I can't help it feels rather shallow to target a company that really doesn't do harm to the world in the larger scheme of things. Sure, they are greedy,, power hungry and treat their customers like shit, but you can say that about pretty much of most big companies out there, and in every single known industry. Also, if you really think EA winning the "award" last year changed anything, then how do you explain EA getting even WORSE this year? Microtransactions, more layoffs, even more shameless focus on franchises vs IPs, not to mention the whole SimCity disaster. I mean, pretty sure that if they cared about winning or losing the award, the would have paid a bit more attention to what the costumer wanted, they haven't, and I can almost guarantee you that they won't this year either. Want them to change? hit them were it truly hurts: their wallet, but the same should also be applied to the other dick companies. And again, the thing that this accomplishes, is that the rest of the world see us gamers as a bunch whinny, self entitled crybabies that care more about a game company just because they don't do what we want, rather than condemning those that truly deserve condemnation. And frankly, seeing these results,, I'm inclined to agree, we need to mature as a community to be honest.
  • ParagonT - April 9, 2013 7:09 p.m.

    I would agree with you on most of the things Falc, but I do see some differences between EA, bankers, and oil giants. Video games are a commodity and luxury compared to the need of fuel for vehicles and banks for loans, credit cards, etc... No matter how much we vote banks and oil giants for the top spot, the fact still remains that many people depend on them, especially depending where you live. They will never lose an ounce of sleep over it, and they know this. Whereas what EA sells is a luxury that can easily be withheld and whatnot. So I think people see that EA would be more apt to take action than the rest of them. I'm not saying EA is worse, because I think its more narrow minded to think that there is a "top spot" for worse company since it depends on what you do (I'll elaborate in a sec). Many companies have bad relationships with their consumers, but it just depends on who is voting in the end. A child/teen that really doesn't care about banks and vehicles would not understand or see the need for that message to be sent to bankers and such, so they will most definitely vote for what they do care about, which may be games. This doesn't mean that they are typically wrong, because if we were playing "we need to better the world with our message" then we would stop wasting our time with our games and do volunteer work or something instead. Were selfish people, so I don't see why people are getting a little frustrated with this community since all were doing is entertaining ourselves. Were all wasting our time here, so I can't really get up on a stool and tell others their maturity level. I think this may be more satisfying if it was more than just one spot, but perhaps a handful of companies. I also believe that many other companies deserve to be condemned, but that doesn't take a poll to make it so. Not trying to be hostile or anything to anyone, but it's just my thoughts on it.
  • redlupine - April 9, 2013 1:51 p.m.

    This just shows you the audience that actually votes for this thing.
  • JarkayColt - April 9, 2013 1:48 p.m.

    Electronic Arts..."Golden Poo"? Well, EA really puts the 'art' into 'fart' at least. ... Sorry.

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