Electronic Arts is again in the running for "Worst Company in America"

Battlefield publisher up against Time Warner Cable in first round of annual poll; Microsoft also featured in the bracket.

EA's headquarters in Redwood Shores, California

Electronic Arts is yet again in the running for the title of "Worst Company in America" from the recently launched poll arranged by consumer affairs blog The Consumerist. EA was named "Worst Company in America" in 2012 and then again in 2013.

In the first round of this year's poll, EA is up against Time Warner Cable. The only other game-related company featured in the poll is Xbox maker Microsoft. However, EA is the only company on the list whose businesses operations are focused exclusively on gaming.

Companies featured in the poll were based on reader nominations. The Consumerist did not say what behavior warranted EA's nomination to the list, but there was significant controversy surrounding the release of Battlefield 4 in October over its widespread technical troubles.

Voting for this year's Worst Company in America begins tomorrow, March 19. The winner will take home the "Golden Poo" trophy. We've reached out to EA regarding their nomination to the poll and will update this story with anything we hear back.

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Atombomb1981
Atombomb1981

For me as a consumer, Ubisoft was way worse that EA this year. The poor integration of UPlay DRM in their games, the sheer amount of problems related to their DLCs (I was mostly plagued with activation issues), the lack of detailed information of their products (you never know for sure what's included in a game until you buy it or someone who bought it is kind enough to share this information), the atrocious Ubisoft Support which is most of the times useless and time consuming (slow and unreliable answers, rarely solve issues).

AwkwardTurtle42
AwkwardTurtle42

It says a lot about EA that they haven't improved since the last time they won the award despite the whole blog post saying they would. Battlefield 4's bugs and the Dungeon Keeper which has more timers than actual game in it. Come on EA. If it wasn't for people speaking out about it we would still have Online Passes in EA games. I notice Ubisoft has recently phased them out as well. 

Let's keep this in the news so that EA doesn't just think "let's just do this, they'll forget about it in a week anyway so it's not like it matters". Just because "they're a video game company" doesn't mean they should be let off the hook for bad business practices. Although maybe a "Worst Video Game Company in America" award would be more appropriate rather than throwing them in with all the other companies some of which are arguably much worse.

polarjoe
polarjoe

I'm surprised EA limit themselves to worst company only in America.  They should go all the way - Worst Company in the World...

tightwad34
tightwad34

You would think they would have learned a lesson or two, and maybe they did and don't care because we continue to buy games they publish. It sucks that they are a part of so many games out there and some of them I will buy anyway because I won't boycott something I really want.

tightwad34
tightwad34

You mean all of those buildings make up the headquarters? If so, then damn....

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

This list has Koch Industries, Comcast, Verizon, Monsanto, AT&T, Walmart, and McDonalds on it and people think ELECTRONICS ARTS IS WORSE THAN THAT!?!?!?  SHENANIGANS!


You put Electronic Arts on the same list with several banks and plenty of other companies who have ACTUALLY HELPED destroy the world economy, and people are going to complain about FRICKIN VIDEO GAMES!!??!  Bullcrap.  If you vote for EA over the banks that have ACTUALLY destroyed the economy, you are a bad person and a fool.  Seriously.


When you have all these loads of other companies that are bribing Congress and doing everything they can to pay their employees as little as possible (while making sure to give insane bonuses to their CEO's and other top officials), do you really think that some company that sometimes makes questionable decisions with how they make and distribute their video games should even be remotely considered in the same category?!  Seriously, if you vote for EA over these other companies YOU ARE A FRICKIN IDIOT.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Also, while I'm not exactly defending EA, I still think Activision is worse to be honest.  Neither should be on this list though.

Takeno456
Takeno456

EA is bad but I think I would give the worst company in America title to the federal government. Unfortunately they are not a company but I still think they deserve that title the most. But if it has to be an actual company there are plenty out there that should have this more then EA. I mean there are companies that are selling our jobs out whole sale to other countries, there is the oil industry that has a strangle hold on the global economy, there are the corrupt pharmaceutical companies that drive up health costs. I mean EA sucks but they don't pose as much of a threat to the way we live our lives as other companies do.

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

Microsoft vs EA: Battle of Paradox - If you win, you lose

nurnberg
nurnberg

Gotta love the butthurt EA defenders who come here to insult people and defend EA.  This is a vote...  people are free to vote for whoever they want.  If EA is hated that much, there are good reasons.

nurnberg
nurnberg

IMO EA, Monsanto, Comcast, Facebook, DirectTV, Paypal and Microsoft are good contenders.

DarthMallrat
DarthMallrat

Justice would be EA and Microsoft at a tie for first place.

daabulls23
daabulls23

Having EA being the "worst company in America" shows how much of a joke this whole thing is.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

@daabulls23  Yeah, when they have half the rest of the list comprised of companies who ACTUALLY participated in destroying the economy, people think some friggin game company is worse than companies that cost millions of jobs and decimated the US dollar?  Seriously, screw those people.

dcowboys099
dcowboys099

what a shock. the naive liberals hate big companies. let me guess, this blog is typed from an apple computer. Then he takes calls on his samsung phone to get coffee at starbucks. 

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

For those who don't think MS doesn't deserve this because they haven't killed anyone or made them lose their homes, I'd like to paraphrase a quote from Portal 2 and reference an old recall.


Bill Gates: Alright, I've been thinking... When life gives you faulty Xbox power cords, don't make works of art. Make life take the power cords back. Get mad! I don't want your damn power cords! What am I supposed do with these!?

Golden_Gonads
Golden_Gonads

Those that vote for EA really should grow up.  I don't like them much as they swallowed up a couple of my favourite developers back in the day, but I wouldn't place them in my bottom 100 companies, let alone the very bottom.

masterman626
masterman626

@Jinzo_111887 @Golden_Gonads  Out of those two gaming wise I would say EA is worse just because they actually follow through on all they're terrible DRM practices and horrendous micro-transaction scams. For what it's worth (and it's not worth much) at least MS backtracked on it's stupidity (for now).

futureops
futureops

Activision should he on that list.

finalkain
finalkain

Microsoft deserves the award this year

cboye18
cboye18

@Jinzo_111887 @finalkain  I agree. I never really found a reason why to support them, as I'm obligated to work with their software. 

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

It's a popularity contest, it doesn't really matter who wins.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

Really? The gamer cognoscenti needs a reality check. There are FAR worse things people are doing out there. Electronic Arts never restricted voting rights. They never profited from an illegal war in the Middle East. They never illegally foreclosed on people's homes. They never engaged in predatory lending practices. They never leveraged toxic assets that they knew were going to fail and then bet against them. They never bought a company in a venture capital take over and then used it as an ATM and threw thousands out of work. They never killed green energy technologies in favor of maintaining our dependence on oil. "But... but... but.. .but... they made us pay for downloads!". Boo freaking hoo! Talk about your first world problems. 

Freedom Industries in W. Virginia had a coal ash spill and made hundred of thousands of people's drinking water UNDRINKABLE, and they didn't take any action to even bother to clean it up.

Take a look what Koch Industries, Lehman Brothers. AIG, Bank of America, and Goldman Sachs are doing. Electronic Arts aren't saints, but they are by no means the worst that's out there.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@CaptainHerlock It's called the "Consumer"-ist. This is from a consumer perspective. Each one has done some anti-consumer things. Microsoft had a rude attitude and we remember how strict they were with DRM at E3. Yes, there are other companies that have done bad things, but this is about companies ripping people off.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@CaptainHerlock Now that I think about it, MS has set houses on fire with faulty power cords for the Xbox. By your standards, they definitely deserve to be on this list.

elaisse2
elaisse2

@CaptainHerlock  Get over yourself, this is a gaming site and in polls anything can happen. Why dont you go save a dolphin or something.

XxXeroxX
XxXeroxX

I hope they go for the trifecta

pyro1245
pyro1245

maybe if they keep winning they'll go away?

GalvatronType_R
GalvatronType_R

Another thing. The reason why Sony, Ubisoft, and Capcom weren't included is because none are American companies.

Regardless, it's a joke that media and entertainment companies are going up against Bank of America, Exxon Mobil, Walmart, Monsanto, et. al., and all the other entities that have evicted people from their houses, polluted the environment, use child labor to make their products, and yes, actually kill people. Overpriced DLC doesn't come anywhere close to that.

oskuuu
oskuuu

wow, 3rd time in a row! i really hope they win :D

samrvdman
samrvdman

Although I really dislike EA and their money hungry, corporate bullshit, there are alot of companies out there that are alot worse

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Wow -- EA vs TWC??  That's an incredibly tough call.


At least TWC's cable Internet services are fairly reliable, however there's absolutely nothing that's NOT atrocious about their video services...  Forget about calling them for ANYTHING, ever.  

EA can't exactly be commended for BRIEFLY stopping the a-raping with Titanfall & Garden Warfare's (probably paid) hiatus from micro-transacting us to death.


Like I said... Tough call.


gamerno66666
gamerno66666

 Oh the humanity. Stupid humans, there are worst companies than EA.

enoslives7
enoslives7

Electronic fArts + Microshit = TitanFAIL

jameston80
jameston80

@enoslives7 unfortunately Sony cant be announced in this article, cause they are not American, but they would be top 5 too, with most of their BS corporate lies!!

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

While I agree that there are probably many far more worthy candidates for worst company in the world, it still doesn't surprise me that EA was nominated. If nothing else, it sends a clear message that gamers aren't happy with how they do things, even if this is a rather melodramatic response.

Now if only people would start voting with their wallets rather than through pointless polls that achieve nothing constructive in the end.

ceaseless
ceaseless

The Federal Reserve Bank is easily the worse company in America and around the world and annually since 1913. They're probably not even on the list.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@ceaseless Maybe it has to do with the fact that it's a regional bank of the Federal Reserve System, not a company.

decebal
decebal

@ceaseless  For sure. The problem is that there would never be need for a pool... cause the Federal Reserve Bank would win every time. So I guess they keep it out of the polls.


enoslives7
enoslives7

@ceaseless  It's not so much a company as it is a satanic cult. Honestly....no joke. 

Technically, you could call the Fed ''Rothschild''. Gotta love seeing our tax dollars going to an occult cabal.

ceaseless
ceaseless

@Warlord_Irochi @ceaseless You would be surprised what the Federal Reserve is if you research the history of it's origin. Yes, they are a company and are above government, not part of it.