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EA Wins Title of "Worst Company in America"

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Citizens of the internet have crowned EA "The Worst Company in America" in a Consumerist.com poll.

Corporations, generally speaking, aren't popular. We lambast them for inhuman lending practices, faceless and faulty customer service, stagnant pay rates, and a wide variety of other perceived misdemeanors. So, which one do internet users dislike the most this year? AT&T? BP? Comcast? All worthy contenders, sure, but nope. According to a recent poll conducted by Consumerist.com, the internet of today regards game publisher EA as "The Worst Company in America."

EA faced stiff competition from WalMart, Citibank, the US Postal Service and a small army of other corporations in Consumerist's knock-out poll before squaring up to the much-reviled Bank of America in the final. Bank of America, which contributed to the global financial crisis several years ago and later absorbed 138 billion dollars' worth of taxpayer-funded bailout money, received just under half as many votes as EA in the final round.

Consumerist.com says that it will now send EA "The Golden Poo" trophy in recognition of the company's victory. Any guesses on what the special twist might be? "Traditionally, the Poo has been delivered on its little red pillow," writes the Consumerist. "But this year, we'll give EA three different color options for its pillow, though in the end it's still the same old Poo." Yup.

EA itself doesn't seem terribly upset about having won The Golden Poo, however. In a statement, EA Senior Director of Corporate Communications John Reseburg told Kotaku that, "We're sure that British Petroleum, AIG, Philip Morris, and Halliburton are all relieved they weren't nominated this year. We're going to continue making award-winning games and services played by more than 300 million people worldwide."

Consumerist.com cites the reasons for EA's victory as being its attempts to "nickel and dime consumers to death" and "deliberately hold back game content with the sole intent of charging a fee for it at a later date." With that in mind, it's hard to decide whether the outcome of the poll says more about internet users or EA itself. Would the publisher have fared better if the poll had been conducted six months ago? Is its inclusion a statement on the growing importance of the games industry in America? Is EA really worse than Bank of America and WalMart? I'm beseiged by questions, Escapists. Help a sister out.

Source: Consumerist.com

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And of course, EA learns nothing from this, saying "Fuck you, we still make shitloads of cash off our vidya games."

"And as mysteriously as it appeared, Consumerist.com vanished!"

I wouldn't be suprised.

As for the "award", those bastards deserve it. Not only for charging for held back content, but destroying the games that got their ugly-ass on the map in the first place.

I think the results would have been quite different if only American citizens could vote in it. The reason being: EA fucks everyone while Bank of America only really directly fucks Americans. Why would you vote for a corporation that doesn't even have clients in your country?

Anyway, the whole pillow thing is hilarious and EA's response is disgustingly pretentious. I love this.

While I hate EA and it would be a much better world if EA was the worst company in America, sadly it isnt.

Oh and screw EA for their brush off of the fact that they just got voted the WORST and will just continue doing the exact same thing, seriously... screw those d-bags.

Hevva:
EA Wins Title of "Worst Company in America"

EA itself doesn't seem terribly upset about having won The Golden Poo, however. In a statement, EA Senior Director of Corporate Communications John Reseburg told Kotaku that, "We're sure that British Petroleum, AIG, Philip Morris, and Halliburton are all relieved they weren't nominated this year. We're going to continue making award-winning games and services played by more than 300 million people worldwide."

And about half of em now resent you. Yeah great job guys! Keep it up!

The reasons I think that EA won, while companies that make much bigger problems for people, is that while BP's rig blew up, they didn't MEAN for it to blow up, and while Bank of America helped crash the world economy, they didn't MEAN to crash the world economy. Ea on the other hand, seems to know exactly what they're doing, and proceed to sit there cackling like Mr. Burns counting his millions. Hence the comments from EA at the end.
From my opinion of course.

Kay, sis, here's the skinny. You sis, not me sis, by the way. It's us sending EA a clear cut message. It's just a stupid award like The Oscars, but it's message is far more poignant. They now know that their poo won't fly.

Aww, I was hoping they'd give EA the choice of what color they got rather than all three. I'm just curious which one they'd choose... although I'm guessing green for unrelated reasons.

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I'm probably going to be the only person to say this.

A) The ONLY reason they won is because of the ME3 ending debacle, and that's pathetic.

B) Their response was well said, as there is no other way to respond to something like that, and it's true (whether or not that's unfortunate is up to people to decide for themselves).

Now excuse me whilst I jump behind this fifty foot thick flame shield and prepare my twenty shotguns for the potential shit storm.

So its official now that their shit hits the fan?

ZeroMachine:
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I'm probably going to be the only person to say this.

A) The ONLY reason they won is because of the ME3 ending debacle, and that's pathetic.

B) Their response was well said, as there is no other way to respond to something like that, and it's true (whether or not that's unfortunate is up to people to decide for themselves).

Now excuse me whilst I jump behind this fifty foot thick flame shield and prepare my twenty shotguns for the potential shit storm.

To be fair everyone has hated EA for years now. If ME3's ending wasn't the current issue I am sure something else EA-related would be. We'd probably still be arguing about the Prothean DLC right now if the ending didn't suck.

While EA deserves to burn in the deepest pit of gaming hell....they dont deserve this.
They make bad products but BA screws an entire country out of house and home.

Fappy:

ZeroMachine:
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I'm probably going to be the only person to say this.

A) The ONLY reason they won is because of the ME3 ending debacle, and that's pathetic.

B) Their response was well said, as there is no other way to respond to something like that, and it's true (whether or not that's unfortunate is up to people to decide for themselves).

Now excuse me whilst I jump behind this fifty foot thick flame shield and prepare my twenty shotguns for the potential shit storm.

To be fair everyone has hated EA for years now. If ME3's ending wasn't the current issue I am sure something else EA-related would be. We'd probably still be arguing about the Prothean DLC right now if the ending didn't suck.

*peaks out*

... Th... is this a trick to get me to come out from behind the shield?

... Ok... Uh, wellNOSTAYBACK!

... Well... Yeah, I guess. But the thing is, the ending debacle was more or less the last straw, if the straw the broke the camels back was a nuke. People never ACTIVELY fought them before to any great/coordinated extent.

Now we have Retake Mass Effect, nearly ever donor of which probably voted for them to be on this.

Before it was a loose group of people that just didn't like their business practices. It's now a veritable army out for blood, BECAUSE of the ending. I just find it pretty sad that it was not one of their shady business practices that nuked the camel's back, but just the dislike (hatred, whatever) of the ending.

Since that's why they "won" this award, I think it's rather pathetic. That's all.

Now GET OFF MY LAWN *jumps back behind shield*

Fappy:
I think the results would have been quite different if only American citizens could vote in it. The reason being: EA fucks everyone while Bank of America only really directly fucks Americans. Why would you vote for a corporation that doesn't even have clients in your country?

Anyway, the whole pillow thing is hilarious and EA's response is disgustingly pretentious. I love this.

agreed. while bank of america is overall worse to direct americans, the overall poll definitely affects the world, which is EA's sweet tooth.

Honestly EA is the biggest self absorbed piece of shit on the market right now. I used to say it about activision and/or ubisoft but jeesh...EA you are really taking the cake here and are gleaming about it.

hmm... i think activision or capcom should have had a running chance. taking more recents events into consideration, DEFINITELY capcom. but EA worked hard to be terrible, they deserved it. im happy for their victory.

i can understand why EA wins, banks and walmart are masters of manipulating public opinion, while EA has just been awful and barely attempted to excuse it.

why do people hate EA more than infinitely more horrible companies? its like the difference between satan murdering puppies and a human murdering puppies. with the former its kind of expected behaviour, with the latter it is clearly abhorrent behaviour, and much more unsettling. we play games to escape the bullshit of the world, it is much more painful when the bullshit invades our free time than when we deal with it where it is expected to be.

Hevva:

Bank of America, which contributed to the global financial crisis several years ago and later absorbed 138 billion dollars' worth of taxpayer-funded bailout money, received just under half as many votes as EA in the final round.

Consumerist.com cites the reasons for EA's victory as being its attempts to "to nickel and dime consumers to death" and "deliberately hold back game content with the sole intent of charging a fee for it at a later date." With that in mind, it's hard to decide whether the outcome of the poll says more about internet users or EA itself.

The emboldened part is what I believe in; along with the chopped content.

Seems comical when it's placed in such a clear manner EA can even be considered for this.

Anyone taking stock in this at all is so deeply, deeply wrong in their priorities.

Can't see them stopping because they are making tons of money. Have to say that I don't blame them at all. All of you were calling me asshole, then forking over your cash to buy my shit then who cares. Rarely believe anybody on here who says that they are not buying their stuff. Little easy to say that in theory, then I see you run out and buy some game with the EA logo. I love how people make excuses for breaking their own pacts. EA is a terrible company, me buying this one game is not going to have an impact on anything.

Vindication for what I've been telling people for years! Stop buying their games people, haven't you learned?

Only gamers could win a vote for a company that hasn't financially ruined thousands of lives, lost thousands in jobs and contributed to a global depression.

/sigh

I think a lot of you are reading way too far into an award that calls itself "The Golden Poo."

This is about consumer feedback, not taking a sober look at which corporation is the most atrocious behind the scenes. That's why it came from -- shocker -- The Consumerist.

If this were about actual atrocities, we'd be looking at companies like Haliburton, Academi (aka Blackwater), Goldman Sachs, etc.

So EA is now considered the worst company in America, but evidently not so bad that people will actually stop buying their products.

the only word i can say now is , Art thou shitting me?(No Pun intended) Don't know how they get number one place over B o A who pretty much is to blame for economic downfall (they don't take all the blame but yeah whatever)Guess Mass Effect 3 caused a lot of butt hurt, though i was butt hurt when they got bioware.

Not many people like EA. That much I'll admit. But worst company in America? God no.

You know EA, I used to wonder why people hated you so much, I'M STARTING TO UNDERSTAND WHY!

I think the reason is that EA doesn't even try to pretend to make up for it where many of the other companies do...pretend that is; though many of them (like BP) make more money out of making it up to the people they screwed over than they did with the initial screwing.
EA just says "haha got your money now lets see if you'll pay extra for the ending to a game. Yes? lets see what else you'll pay extra for."
Are they as evil as your average energy company like BP or Halliburton? No, not by a long shot. But that's only because their greed is relegated to people's entertainment. They only really get to abuse the people who choose to have something to do with them either by working for them or buying their products.

EA has more contempt for it's costumers than Miranda's ass has for modesty.

Hevva:
Consumerist.com cites the reasons for EA's victory as being its attempts to "to nickel and dime consumers to death" and "deliberately hold back game content with the sole intent of charging a fee for it at a later date." With that in mind, it's hard to decide whether the outcome of the poll says more about internet users or EA itself. Would the publisher have fared better if the poll had been conducted six months ago? Is its inclusion a statement on the growing importance of the games industry in America? Is EA really worse than Bank of America and WalMart? I'm beseiged by questions, Escapists. Help a sister out.

If you and the rest of the escapist staff STILL can't figure out what was so wrong with ME3, I doubt I could make you understand.

This makes me so happy. I'm frustrated with terrible business practices, both in-company and towards consumers. Doesn't it make sense to be stone-hearted and money-grubbing towards your own employees, but not customers, or vice-versa? How does EA manage to be a terrible company in not just one, or two, but EVERY regard?

...and why do you people keep buying their games new, anyway?

As for BoA, I think it's kind of ridiculous that EA won out so far ahead. I think they deserve it, sure, especially with their smug response. Like, "see? Who cares if our business practices are shady, our products are bland or run through a heavy filter, our employees are getting slave-wage and work tons of unpaid overtime, or if we withhold content until we get as much as thrity fighter jets, we're in the USA, capitalism is good and we win at it." The fact is, BoA has at least as many crimes, and rather than just taking money and spitting out inferior product, they're actually handling other people's money. That is scary. If EA wins it should be by tens of votes, not tens of thousands of votes.

ZeroMachine:
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I'm probably going to be the only person to say this.

A) The ONLY reason they won is because of the ME3 ending debacle, and that's pathetic.

B) Their response was well said, as there is no other way to respond to something like that, and it's true (whether or not that's unfortunate is up to people to decide for themselves).

Now excuse me whilst I jump behind this fifty foot thick flame shield and prepare my twenty shotguns for the potential shit storm.

I agree with you, EA are douche bags, but they are far from the worst.
Twenty shotguns you say? It's a good start, but I feel you need some more Unlimited WeaponWorks, so here:

It's completely retarded that EA won over Bank of America and AT&T, but it seems this competition was just for fun, so I guess it doesn't matter. Plus, maybe EA is slightly more likely to change its ways than BofA or AT&T?

Eh, probably not.

Also, lol @ the top featured comment on the Kotaku article.

edit: heh, I see some people on the Consumerist complaining that the vote should have been for Consumerist members only, as to avoid votes from the ignorant masses who would claim that DLC are worse than foreclosures. Reminds me of a similar sentiment on the Escapist regarding March Mayhem. Can't say I blame them for feeling that way!

DVS BSTrD:
If you and the rest of the escapist staff STILL can't figure out what was so wrong with ME3, I doubt I could make you understand.

I'm listening. Try. I expect at least two paragraphs.

Ok so *hides behind flame shield* I find this to be an utterly stupid result, there is no way any sane person could say that DLC is somehow worse then significant contributions to ruining the economy, but we are talking about gamers who have been known to lose any and all sanity at the mention of big name publishers and fly into a frothing incoherent rage. And now in case that didn't make absolutely everyone hate me I can follow it up by saying that I honestly loved EA's response, as it was funny and I think showed they were well aware how absurd the result was. on another note, why the hell was Paypal even in this? I have used Paypal for years and never had any issues or seen anyone complain about them.

Fappy:

ZeroMachine:
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I'm probably going to be the only person to say this.

A) The ONLY reason they won is because of the ME3 ending debacle, and that's pathetic.

B) Their response was well said, as there is no other way to respond to something like that, and it's true (whether or not that's unfortunate is up to people to decide for themselves).

Now excuse me whilst I jump behind this fifty foot thick flame shield and prepare my twenty shotguns for the potential shit storm.

To be fair everyone has hated EA for years now. If ME3's ending wasn't the current issue I am sure something else EA-related would be. We'd probably still be arguing about the Prothean DLC right now if the ending didn't suck.

But the freaking Bank of America though.

Here's a simple rule: If your company hasn't killed anybody, it's not the worst company in America.

ZeroMachine:

Fappy:

ZeroMachine:
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I'm probably going to be the only person to say this.

A) The ONLY reason they won is because of the ME3 ending debacle, and that's pathetic.

B) Their response was well said, as there is no other way to respond to something like that, and it's true (whether or not that's unfortunate is up to people to decide for themselves).

Now excuse me whilst I jump behind this fifty foot thick flame shield and prepare my twenty shotguns for the potential shit storm.

To be fair everyone has hated EA for years now. If ME3's ending wasn't the current issue I am sure something else EA-related would be. We'd probably still be arguing about the Prothean DLC right now if the ending didn't suck.

*peaks out*

... Th... is this a trick to get me to come out from behind the shield?

... Ok... Uh, wellNOSTAYBACK!

... Well... Yeah, I guess. But the thing is, the ending debacle was more or less the last straw, if the straw the broke the camels back was a nuke. People never ACTIVELY fought them before to any great/coordinated extent.

Now we have Retake Mass Effect, nearly ever donor of which probably voted for them to be on this.

Before it was a loose group of people that just didn't like their business practices. It's now a veritable army out for blood, BECAUSE of the ending. I just find it pretty sad that it was not one of their shady business practices that nuked the camel's back, but just the dislike (hatred, whatever) of the ending.

Since that's why they "won" this award, I think it's rather pathetic. That's all.

Now GET OFF MY LAWN *jumps back behind shield*

Have you forgotten the class action lawsuit against EA regarding the price of games in the Madden franchise and the other sports where they have purchased an exclusivity license?

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