EA Wins Title of "Worst Company in America"

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Frostbite3789:

Braedan:
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.

BP only ignored everything that said things were bad and took almost no safety precautions.

Economists were warning of an economic collapse, and most of the companies that were a big part of it, knew it was coming, but in the end made money off it.

I think the fact that this poll was conducted on the internet says a lot about the results.

Hey I'm not saying I agree that EA is the worst, I'm just saying this is my best guess as to why people voted this way. The fact that BP, and the Bank of America exist baffles me.

CaptOfSerenity:
Goddamnit, Haliburton, Blackwater, any number of Private Military Groups should have gotten this.

EA IS A FUCKING VIDEO GAME COMPANY! You people need to get out of your shells and realize gaming is not the center of the damn world. Neither are gaming companies.

you are getting mad at something over the internet on a hijacked poll from 4chan's /v/. Dude get over it I have better things to worry about myself. It's just an opinion internet poll... aye. Now excuse me will go off and drink my self to sleep.

I would like to remind everyone that EA's Origin service has AT LEAST ONE CONFIRMED DEATH ON ITS HANDS.
After continuous repeat charges to one Origin user's account, the poor soul's electricity was shut off. Guess what? The guy had someone on life support in his apartment, and as a result of losing power, they died. Because EA overcharged them repeatedly.

ok this has a GREAT headline. i laughed harder at this than at anything else that came out today and i love zeropunctuation and feed dump.

Cecilthedarkknight_234:

CaptOfSerenity:
Goddamnit, Haliburton, Blackwater, any number of Private Military Groups should have gotten this.

EA IS A FUCKING VIDEO GAME COMPANY! You people need to get out of your shells and realize gaming is not the center of the damn world. Neither are gaming companies.

you are getting mad at something over the internet on a hijacked poll from 4chan's /v/. Dude get over it I have better things to worry about myself. It's just an opinion internet poll... aye. Now excuse me will go off and drink my self to sleep.

NO, this is the most important thing of all time in the history of anything ever!

By the way, you notice how prevalent hyperbole is in all facets of media?

Bullshit, there's no way in hell EA (as much as they suck) is worse than Bank of America, or other corporations on there.

Wing Dairu:
I would like to remind everyone that EA's Origin service has AT LEAST ONE CONFIRMED DEATH ON ITS HANDS.
After continuous repeat charges to one Origin user's account, the poor soul's electricity was shut off. Guess what? The guy had someone on life support in his apartment, and as a result of losing power, they died. Because EA overcharged them repeatedly.

I'm calling shenanigans until I see a source. Here's why:

EA is directly responsible for the electric company shutting down said person's power? Yea no, him not paying his power bill is the reason for that. "But EA's charges made it so he couldn't pay it!" you say? Being financially responsible dictates that you generally have enough of a back up fund so that in case "Life" happens, you're not totally fucked. If a few mistaken charges on your credit card is enough to bankrupt you, you have no business gaming at all. Also, could've killed the credit card that was associated with it. Also also, the power company doesn't just shut you off if you're late once. Meaning he was late multiple times.

Nice slander attempt. Even if I give you the benefit of the doubt and believe your little claim, it's still just as much the account holder's fault as it is EA's.

data collection bias much?

take a poll on the internet and the answer really shouldn't come as a surprise.

Hell, if EA are the worst, then the world is a great place.

I am glad to continue loving the games made with the talent behind EA.

Thanks EA!

Two of my least favorite publishers are Ubisoft and EA. Ubisoft will never get my money. Never. EA, well I've bought a few games they've published and I don't hate them enough to stop buying from them completely but I sure won't touch Origin with a 10' pole.
The problem with EA is that it is a large public entity that is run by people who have zero interest in games or gaming and therefore don't realize that the best way to retain customer and get them to fork over lots of money is to keep their trust. You can still all the DLC, all the subscription services, all the $10 used game unlocks, but don't ban people from their games (Origin) for criticizing you on your forum. Don't make your big titles Origin exclusive on the PC to try and force people to buy into your inferior service, make your service competitive and let me decide to use it. Honestly there are a million other examples of EA thinking like a corporate machine and destroying user trust in the process.
The next crash the video game industry sees, EA is one of the first to go under.

Bahahaha - oh wait, you're serious?

It just goes to show how disconnected from reality some people are. I mean, come on. What's the worst EA ever did? Saturate the market with derivative titles? Force consumers to pay extra for content that was once included in the full product? Buy out popular studios and force them to shoehorn in game mechanics that don't fit the titles they're known for? Put out ads that set back the public perception of the maturity of gamers by about 20 years? Released a gaming download service that is little more than spyware?

Unless you actually worked in the games industry and lost your job because they ran your IP into the ground, EA haven't actually made anyone's life substantially worse. Meanwhile, all you have to do is google Halliburton, Bank of America or Bain Capital and you can get a very clear sense of how bad corporations can really get. Or you could google 'dead peasant insurance', to get a similar picture.

I swear, the lack of perspective some people have is staggering.

As I'm not in America I don't have any knowledge of the other companies competing for the poo,
that said, I can think of several reasons why EA beat out the competition:

1) Being an internet poll, it more or less excludes those without a computer, so those being polled would be more likely to know what EA is.

2) the ME3 debacle is still fresh in many peoples minds, whereas eg - the banking bailout is relatively old news.

3) the dickory most corporations do is usually directed at a very small portion of their consumer base, so while many may hear about it, the bulk of consumers won't experience it,
whereas in re. EAs ME3, it was the bulk of their consumers who experienced it.
ie - greatly hurting 5% of your consumers would probably hurt your reputation less than slightly annoying 95% of them.

I like how John Reseburg expressed how despite winning an award for being a terrible company, that he backed up EA by saying it'll still sell games and over 300 million people world wide will buy their stuff. Truth be told, if they keep pulling off schemes that rip off the consumers as well as tick them off with unfair deals.. I doubt John Reseburg will be so cocky confident that EA will be making money.

It's only a matter of time.. gamers may seem like sheep with wallets to EA, but really we're intelligent citizens who have limits on how far a company can push them until- boycotts, petitions, and all the more. So again, just a matter of time.. *grabs some popcorn.*

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

Which is only natural. They hate us because we hate them, and they're brazen about it because we keep giving them money anyways.

But really, a video game company is worse than a bank that ATE $138,000,000,000 FROM TAXPAYERS? More evidence that we really ought to sort out our priorities.

EA has been the worst company for years. They finally got the recgnition. I mean, bad publicity is still publicity.

Worse than Bank of America? Not a chance. But as far as video game companies, they have their own classification. This is a company that is against consumer rights and are anti-competition because they historically monopolize anything (EA is highly covetous of licenses, especially franchises) that they can so that people have to suck it up and go through them and their shitty practices.

That said, the angry masses who did vote EA as the worst company in America better fucking own up and boycott the next Medal of Battlfield or whatever the hell EA is working on next to compete with the endless trail of Call of Duties. Or at the very least buy used in spite of them.

The public response is a pretty good summation of EA's attitude of "we still sell tons of games because nobody treats the [EA] logo as a warning label more serious than the ESRB rating."

I was just reading today how cable tv companies have been losing droves of customers, and I'd bet a lot of it comes down to cheaper online alternatives (competition!). All the inter-votes in the world won't convince a company that they're assholes until it hits their bottom line. So if anyone finds EA's practices egregious and offensive, STOP BUYING EA GAMES! Seriously, they ended this Mass Effect thing so go play some of your old games and suck up not playing the occasional game or two and read a book or watch a movie instead of supporting the company that pissed in your coffee before. If you can't do that, then I guess they aren't the worst company in America, to you (whoever this applies to), I suppose.

*but try and convince the sports game fans that EA has mesmerized into buying yearly reiterations at $60 a pop, which is why anyone who really doesn't like a company like EA should do without (compensation for the die-hards) if they were this offended.

Sober Thal:
Hell, if EA are the worst, then the world is a great place.

What this guy said.

I mean, EA hasn't even made any (public) dubious ethical decisions. There are companies that hold entire countries at ransom (Dole, for instance), how on Earth are they better than EA?

To be frank, if EA really was the worst corporation on America, America would be a much better place then it is.

Bank of america was already nominated and in the top 3 of the award multiple times and didn't change anything. That and the fact that it was an internet poll and gamers are an obviously large and vocal part of the internet explain why EA was voted over argueably worse companies.

EA has milked and thrown away many companies that were beloved for their games, it has a horrible customer support and has been hated for many years now fro mtheir employes and customers alike. It isn't worth being defended either.

And as consumerist itself said, it can't hurt to shed some light on the gaming market as it is now. It's becoming more and more damaging to the consumers.

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

cuz you gamers will still pony up no matter what we do.

sorry thought I would finish off that sentence for you

CaptOfSerenity:
Goddamnit, Haliburton, Blackwater, any number of Private Military Groups should have gotten this.

EA IS A FUCKING VIDEO GAME COMPANY! You people need to get out of your shells and realize gaming is not the center of the damn world. Neither are gaming companies.

This is a rather weird response to any poll whatsoever.
People have free will and such can vote any company they dislike. There is no such thing as objective opinion so you are just raging because the company of your preference did not win. That is rather unreasonable.

Also, I do not see the relevance of EA being a video game company. On one side of these forums people are arguing that video games are art and the product should not be tampered by consumers and on the other we have people like you saying that video games industry is not important. Bad business practices are stay bad no matter wherever you go. In fact, common consumer would probably not know anything about any PMC for that matter.

Wow. That's... shallow, Internet.

I'm really, really unhappy with EA, for a variety of reasons that I won't restate here. Unhappy to the point that, barring a significant sea change, it's quite likely that I'm never going to buy another EA game.

But while EA is bad for its industry, horrible to its customers, and a happy participant in the spearhead that's wresting the right to do anything about corporate malfeasance from consumers and employees alike, it also hasn't cost scores of people their life savings. Or wrongfully tried to foreclose on someone's home. Or cost anyone their lives. (At least, as far as I'm aware.)

At the end of the day, EA is a company that makes video games. I like video games. I'm even willing to seriously consider the possibility that video games can be art (or as somebodyorother once said, "a computer can make you cry.") But I don't live and die by them. If I don't play a video game tomorrow, no one is going to go hungry. The worst a bad video game is ever likely to do to you personally is turn a functioning game system into a brick.

On the other hand... le sigh... If EA can roll its eyes at this, what were the chances this attention would make a BofA or a Halliburton suddenly grow a conscience...?

Wing Dairu:
I would like to remind everyone that EA's Origin service has AT LEAST ONE CONFIRMED DEATH ON ITS HANDS.
After continuous repeat charges to one Origin user's account, the poor soul's electricity was shut off. Guess what? The guy had someone on life support in his apartment, and as a result of losing power, they died. Because EA overcharged them repeatedly.

Source?

This is only slightly worse than a metacritic bombing in my opinion. I mean, how can the voters seriously vote EA as being worse than companies out there. I'm talking about companies that really do ruin people's lives, or the environment in the name of profit. Sure, EA can be dicks, but the shortsightedness shown here is staggering.

Talking about exaggeration.
EA isn't THAT bad.
(I'm not protecting them, but there are far worse companies)

I feel like not enough people are aware of the things that are wrong with Halliburton for them to have won. Plus they are more Cobra from original G.I. Joe than evil corporation like Walmart, like Cobra Industries from the newer G.I. Joe Renegades.

What the fuck internet? EA isn't even that bad for a videogame publisher, is it really so horrible that they'll dangle some cheap ass optional dlc and make you use their online store instead of the competion's? I know the escapist is the hipster HQ of the gaming world but they do have several high quality titles and franchises under their "command". Or am I missing something?

All this tells me is that alot of people care more about slight annoyances than downright evil.

99% of people who voted for EA being the worst company will continue to buy their games.

People like to talk big.

Nothing to see here.

"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."

I laughed out loud at this Mass effect 3 ending reference.

In response to the trumps of flatulence sounding about how much worse BoA is than EA, yes, you're right. Want a cookie? You're still missing the point.

This was a web poll on the consumerist. A site where people can bitch, moan, and vent about how company xyz pissed them off that day. (I know I'm oversimplifying but hey, pot, kettle...) This is not the goddamn board of the IMF deciding who to blame the global economic downturn on. This is a web poll which 'awards the winner' a gilded lump of shit. This was a poll to let people say 'This company rustled my jimmies and I'm not happy.' This is not a meta-score to decide which skyscraper Tyler Durden will bomb first.

Did you all miss this section of the article? Seems OP did, because it's directly prevelant to (indeed, preceeding and following) her quote, and casts the whole thing in a much different light.

To those who might sneer at something as "non-essential" as a video game company winning the Worst Company In America vote: It's that exact kind of attitude that allows people to ignore the complaints as companies like EA to nickel and dime consumers to death.

For years, while movies and music became more affordable and publishers piled on bonus content - or multiple modes of delivery - as added value to entice customers to buy, video games have continued to be priced like premium goods.

'So what if EA is directly responsible for the vampirism of wonderful developers and wyrmish hoarding of popular IPs? So what if EA are directly responsible for laying off hundreds of skilled employees and outsourcing QA and entry-level design and programming work overseas, thus further denying new entrants into the industry the opportunity. So what that their staff are forced to work sweatshop hours without benefits due to unrealistic release schedules? THERE ARE PEOPLE LOSING THEIR HOUSES!!!!!oneeleven!!!11' This appeal to worse problems strawman is not an acceptable argument.

Yeah, forget the argument that some of those people are clearly living beyond their means. Forget that there is a legal framework designed to protect people who are the victims of improper foreclosure. Forget that there is an oversight body designed specifically to forward serious complaints about the actions of the banking industry. Clearly a web poll (that they already 'won' 2 years running) is the right way to stop them.

So That aside, BoA is still arguably worse than EA. So what? We've got to meta-vote what few means of expressing our dissatisfaction with a company's behaviour we've got left (that don't result in DING DONG BANNU) just because another company we might not have any dealing with whatsoever is an arguably bigger dick?

Fuck that, I'm going to vote for the company that pissed me off the most. And, and this is important, notice I haven't even ONCE mentioned the game with the Neopolitan ice-cream ending?

To Paraphrase Jim Sterling: You can turn your nose up at people who do this as childish, but at the end of the day, they're the ones who get results. I'm going to go with the ones who get results.

Lots of publishers charge for content, if the price is fair is really up to you but have you ever noticed why others like say activision don't get slammed. They released elite which is a subscription service but no one minds. Well EA hold back content to charge later and make it so easy for everyone to realise (leaving the code on the disc for ME3 DLC). There CEO publicly talks about using micro transactions to target people when ''they are not price sensitive'' (bullets in battlefield 3, the prick). Then they respond above with their pretentious little comment basically saying that they don't care. Well they should because the second people are offered any decent alternative EA will lose business very quickly, they only think in terms of dollar signs but they forget that consumer trust and loyalty has value as well. Publishing is a business and I am sure people appreciate that but there is a line where your consumers will feel exploited and EA are well past it.

Atrocious Joystick:
What the fuck internet? EA isn't even that bad for a videogame publisher, is it really so horrible that they'll dangle some cheap ass optional dlc and make you use their online store instead of the competion's? I know the escapist is the hipster HQ of the gaming world but they do have several high quality titles and franchises under their "command". Or am I missing something?

All this tells me is that alot of people care more about slight annoyances than downright evil.

You are forgetting their extremly horrible customer support and employee+customer treatment.

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."

Haha. Fail.

Trying to deflect poo by screaming other poo smells just as bad? Really, EA PR? You failed in comparison to many corporations, so you list a few more you would also fail against? Including the people that destroyed Gulf of Mexico? :D

I sure hope the supply of BioDrones doesn't dry up ...

"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 nickle and diming and laying waste to every game/developer we can get our greedy hands on and will carry on doing until the gaming market is completely destroyed ."

Fix'd

Might be foolish thinking but I really hope this is the start of gamers finally realising if we want this this to stop, we need to stop funding EA's evil empire but then to do that we need to stop listening and buying in to all the hype BS they spout which is the only thing they do well.

Gamers are officially the most whiny people ever now. That's sad. I'm a gamer too.

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