EA again in running for Consumerist's Worst Company In America title

FIFA and Battlefield publisher the only game company in consumer affairs blog's annual tournament.

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Electronic Arts has again been included in The Consumerist's "Worst Company In America" annual community-voted tournament. Participants were chosen by reader nominations, which were then culled to 32 companies.

The consumer affairs blog has EA in the first round squaring off against ABInBev, the multinational beverage company behind major beer brands like Corona, Stella Artois, and Budweiser, among others.

EA is the only game-specific company appearing in the bracket. Other companies in the running for 2013 Worst Company In America include Apple, Ticketmaster, Wal-Mart, and Bank of America.

If EA comes out on top in this year's tournament, it will be a repeat victory for the company. The Consumerist named EA the 2012 Worst Company In America, knocking out Bank of America in the final round to take home the "Golden Poo" award.

EA CEO John Riccitiello resigned this week, explaining that "EA's shareholders and employees expect better and I am accountable for the miss" in financial guidance. This came after a SimCity launch marred by server woes but also 1.1 million in total sales.

Discussion

295 comments
topgun182
topgun182

The most ironic thing for me is now that I finally have a pc that can handle any game, there are no games for me to buy. EA is ruining my favorite franchises with their online only shift. I don't play FPS games, there hasn't been a decent driving game this year to get my attention. Flight Sims are declining. This could be the end of gaming as I know it. Well there is always Spider Solitaire.

avengerb
avengerb

Someone needs to BAN game companies from buying out other game companies. What they should do is if they want to buy other smaller game companies, then there has to be NO name of the smaller company what so ever . That way people won't get fooled when they see a good but small game company which makes a game but is then bought out by companies like EA , who make the smaller company add DRM , microtransactions and on disk DLC's ....  .. gasp gasp... aaawww fck it.. i am tired. No money for u EA. 

1wikkid1
1wikkid1

This is something that has been apparent to any gamer with a half a brain for sometime now. These game developers are losing money not because of piracy, lets be real here, yes piracy contributes some tiny nearly insignificant sum to the total. The reason they aren't making the big bucks is because they are releasing SH!T products! And the games seem to be getting worse with every year, at the same time the prices on said games are going up every year. As much as it pains me to say it(being strictly PC gamer) I see the future of gaming as follows: all the cash greedy developers(EA and the like) will stop releasing PC games because piracy is so harmful to their sales, and then(!!) the indy game studios will step up to fill the void(as they already partially are) and they will create services like Humble Bundle where YOU set the price. And then in time the indies will become super duper megacorps like the above mentioned EA and the circle will repeat itself.

Oh right, what about all them console gamers? Well, they're already happily paying $60+ for these POS games, don't hear much complaining out of them... they will continue to do so until the prices reach a level that most really, honestly, won't be able to afford at which point the console gamers will buy PCs and join the rest of us in the "circle."

deftond
deftond

golden poo award!! nice!!

hitechgraphs
hitechgraphs

But still some companies around think that drm is the best for gaming companies to make money, are you listening Microsoft?

SpEciAlRYaN
SpEciAlRYaN

This is what happens when you try to rush games out the door and release half ass products.


sgt_hunter
sgt_hunter

always online DRM did more damage to EA than pirates ever could. 

Elem3nt
Elem3nt

How many of those 1.1 million wish they hadnt bought the game...

BloodyAura
BloodyAura

Why is Capcom not on the list as well? Ah well,at least they're on it(EA), hope they do come out on top; but really, EA need's to get gone!

bluefox755
bluefox755

They only speak one language...money.  So long as we keep throwing it at them, we should expect them to continue to throw garbage at us, we only have ourselves to blame.

Atombomb1981
Atombomb1981

People should stop buying all the crap titles they regurgitate yearly. They need more heavy loses before they understand the importance of keeping a certain level of quality to their games and to treat customers with respect.

RoadStar1602
RoadStar1602

Yet idiots keep buying it. 1.1 million in Simcity sales. /facepalm

telaros
telaros

I'll be cheering them on this year too!

iambateman
iambateman

EA get a tough time, fair enough they release the same games every year but people still buy them, they wouldn't release them if they weren't guarenteed to make money, also in terms of Sim City it looks like every effort is being made to fix it, if you don't like it don't buy it, I don't like a lot of their games so i don't buy them

cjtopspin
cjtopspin

Too bad the financial ecosystem does not give one flying $hit about these ratings or awards.  These companies continue to make money hand over fist. 

squidbilly22
squidbilly22

id say Banks in general are despicable #1 , but EA is a close second

wickedd
wickedd

Pity it's not a world-wide event, I'd like to cast my vote for EA. 

pensfan12
pensfan12

What a joke this award is. Why are Facebook, Google and Apple (among others) up for nomination? It just seems like if you are a big & succesful business you are somehow considered 'evil' in the eyes of Consumerist.com

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

budweiser I liked them till they merged with some dutch company boooooo hope you go down the drain as a whole 

tightwad34
tightwad34

What I will never understand is when you are up for this award why in the hell would it not make you think about what in the hell you are doing. I wouldn't care how much money I was making, morals will always take over and the guilt wouldn't let me sleep at night. It's always been a pet peeve of mine when people don't learn from their mistakes because they have their heads so far up their asses. I am sure we all know someone like that.   

hough06
hough06

I too... would be happy to see EA get this award. They treat their customer like shit and try to nickle and dime every little aspect of their games. Literally... I can't buy NCAA, Madden or any sports game ever game due to them.

Now they are trying to do it with other games... sheesh.

HSV002
HSV002

Go EA!! One award that you do especially do need to win, i will will be rooting for you!

RIIIIKU
RIIIIKU

Good Luck EA....I Really hope you get First Place.....You truly deserve it :)

NoelXYeul
NoelXYeul

I remember going to the store and looking at cover of SimCity, it said "Continuous Internet Connection" required. I quickly put it back on the shelf like it was the devil's spawn.

GreggD
GreggD

Oh, is it that time of year again? Great. Now all the anonymous assholes with an internet connection can upvote EA over any number of tangentially worse companies. Oh well. I'll be over here, still enjoying BF3 and not worrying about this nonsense.

thorn3000
thorn3000

@Gandoclaus yeah, but people want quick and shocking headlines, not throughout searches and research...

optimus349
optimus349

PREACH BOTHER PREACH,TABERNACLE!

deftond
deftond

@sgt_hunter 


take it or leave it EA or any other company!!  DRM is worst than PIRACY.  To tell someone what they can or cannot do with your game after they PAY for it is rediculous.  You can't even buy a used game any more.  

TheGuardianX
TheGuardianX

@telaros LMAO!!  awesome comment! I think a lot of people will be cheering for this one

petez34
petez34

@squidbilly22yeah that and ones that pollute the environment and abuse workers rights. no?

randomfakename
randomfakename

@pensfan12  

Apple is making gross profits while accepting Chinese factory and mandated living conditions that would put historical slavery to shame.


I doubt EA needs suicide (prevention) nets around its building as does apple needs for its.

RoadStar1602
RoadStar1602

@pensfan12 Facebook is there because it doesn't listen to its customers, has poor security and it frequently shares user information without permission. Google is there because it saves and shares your search queries without your permission.

Clavera
Clavera

@pensfan12 Why wouldn't Facebook, Google and Apple be there? Surely you can't be so blind that you think that these corporations are like saints?

OldKye
OldKye

@pensfan12 Readers nominated them over like 3 months then they take the ones with the most nominations so basically the list is the most hated company's in the eyes of consumerist readers not the consumerist itself.

petez34
petez34

@grasshopper6 InBev i think you mean... euro beer is way better than that american pond water. I doubt the quality of american beer will improve though.

telaros
telaros

@tightwad34 Morals don't exit in a corporate controlled economic. It's things like that that hold one back from true success.


And that's why I'm nobody.

HapiJoel
HapiJoel

@tightwad34 You dont make money for the shareholders by having a soul! It's why the Worlds in such a state :|

garysingh34
garysingh34

@GreggD Look mate, we get what your saying, but if the gaming community does not voice its concerns over EA's shoddy practices, it will not change its infectious practices. Thank Dice for BF3, not EA. 

OldKye
OldKye

@petez34 @squidbilly22 Lol sorry when you said pollute the environment and abuse workers I thought you were talking about EA again hehe.

I get it now.

DriftEJ20
DriftEJ20

@petez34 @grasshopper6 This. The cheap beer from Japan and Europe are way better than ours. I know that the popular ghetto beer in Denmark would give a lot of the US 6-pack only quality beers/microbrews a run for their money.

GreggD
GreggD

@garysingh34 @GreggD I'll thank EA for continuing to employ DICE and let them have free rein over their franchise.

GreggD
GreggD

@made_u_look @GreggD Not a shill, I just think this whole thing is fucking dumb. I only added the BF3 comment because it gave it an extra jab at all the haters. No big deal, really.

ShinobiMedic
ShinobiMedic

I played this mission in Far Cry 3 the other day, where you had to burn off fields of weed. Were you standing in the smoke?