EA Wins Title of "Worst Company in America"

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

They are losing 200 million dollars a quarter.
http://www.vgchartz.com/article/88776/ea-loses-205m-in-the-december-2011-quarter/

They are still A-holes, but yea this whole EA is big and bad should stop. They are not even the largest gaming company. Thats Activision/Blizzard.

"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."

That's EA all over. PR bullshit.

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

And they're right. Frankly, I would be shocked if this had any kind of impact on their sales in the least. Its going to take something much, much bigger to get them to change their tune.

Hmmmm, I wonder how many of those votes were fuelled by just a certain ending to a certain space based rpg.

When all the trees are dead and the waters poisened you will see: you cannot eat videogames.

A GAME Company is worse than companies that actually ruining the environment, bullying smaller companies, making people jobless and threating international ecomony?

Nicely done consumers!!! You just proved you how mindblowingly stupid you are.

Mass Effect 3 ending > Global Depression?

I think EA is quite a godawful company trying to wring out the last penny from its customers, but they are not part of the whole global economic fiasco.

Yeah they got an award, but do they care? Will they care? Will this change how they do business or how much money they will make today or tomorrow? Not likely, no. These kinds of popularity polls serve no real value.

Whether or not they deserve it is irrelevant.

Dfskelleton:
I hope this wasn't SOLELY because of the goofy Mass Effect 3 thing.
I wouldn't have given it a second thought if it hadn't been "Which color of poo would you like?" part.

EA has been a hated company for many, many years. This Mass Effect issue is just more fuel for the flamebait.

Oh look at that, there are people who exist outside the USA and perhaps have different experiences from Americans....what madness is this?!?!

Granted they should probably have made it a closed poll but seriously few if any of those companies would have had a noticeable* effect on non-americans day to day lives but EA...well they are a tad more likely to have fucked an non-American internet users puppy for fun.

*I know a lot of economic woe can be traced back to BoA but most of our own national banks fucked the goat on that too.

It's nice when research and surveys confirm my suspicions...

Zack Alklazaris:

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

They are losing 200 million dollars a quarter.
http://www.vgchartz.com/article/88776/ea-loses-205m-in-the-december-2011-quarter/

They are still A-holes, but yea this whole EA is big and bad should stop. They are not even the largest gaming company. Thats Activision/Blizzard.

They're both evil, giant corporations that Nickel-and-Dime consumers and do other assholeish stuff.

Edit: On topic, I think it's hilarious, and EA's response is also great. I'm impressed by EA having such a basically-tongue-in-cheek response. They certainly aren't the worst company in America, but it's fine to give the award to a generically-bad company once in awhile. Like Time's People of the Year or the Nobel Peace Prize, sometimes they just throw the award away to some dick, so eh.

Looks like that baby factory in Africa isn't so bad afterall.

Eri:
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

This, this so hard.

I'm sorry, but from what I heard from personal accounts about EA, it isn't a bad place to work for. They don't fuck you over, and they are probably ship you would get on to if your livelyhood depended on it. Yes they have the hate of the gaming world (am I the only one that has a 'I don't give a fuck' take on EA?) but that's just the gaming world. They are probably the business model company that everyone wants to be as they expand. Even from a buisness standpoint they have their shit down.

I guess a good number of gamers are the most shallow minded of people, opinions outweigh inquiry.

Yeah, these results probably aren't skewed at all, right? I think Activision is a much worse video game company, and there are at least five other non-video game companies that would make my list. I think the ME3 thing probably has a lot to do with it, that and Origin.

EA won this over British Petroleum? Lets see...rushed endings to video games and DRM or ecological fucking disaster? Seriously Internet? You're becoming the people who make us not want to live on this planet anymore.

Also, why did the asshat who made a broad, sweeping generalization about how the results of this poll somehow reflect on the entire population of America as 'retarded' only get a warning? While the person who pointed out that fact to said douchebag get suspended?

They deserve it. Origin sucks EA, I should be playing BF3 on Steam (I know that's not the only problem)...display that golden poo proudly, god knows you live up to its expectations.

I guess this has been a long time coming EA.

I really, REALLY don't like EA, but the worst company in America? Really? That might be just a bit much.

This makes about as much sense as when Apple was voted to to more influential to video games than Nintendo. Sorry but this seems to be a whole bunch of people pissed off with Origin and the ME3 ending.

Which is sad because to my knowledge EA hasn't resulted in sending people to their death, taking homes from people on short notice, or destroying the Gulf like other companies listed.

Seriously just literally is just the opinion of some butt hurt gamers.

A couple minor "to be fair" points:

"To be fair", BoA was forced into making those crappy loans to people that couldn't afford them due to the American goverment's affordable housing plan which pretty much specifically told BoA (and a lot of other banks) to make those loans. So really the whole housing crash lies on the shoulders of US politicians.

"To be fair", EA is indeed responsible for plenty of things to piss off the internet. But ME 3's ending is not one of them. EA didn't write the endings, Bioware did.

That said, screw EA and their war on used games. That's my biggest complaint about them. I just really can't imagine used games sales making that big of a dent on their profits. The same way a random person here and there picking up your game new six months after it's come out doesn't expand your profit margin all that much. You make the majority of your money on a game within the first couple weeks of its release when EVERYONE has to buy it now. Didn't sell that many copies? Stop making crap games that no one wants. Seems pretty simple if you ask me.

The very luxury oriented nature of EA makes it a prime target for a protest of this nature --- no one NEEDS their services, so they must ostensibly rely on customer satisfaction and loyalty in order to remain successful. And YET they nearly seem to take utter glee and satisfaction in screwing the very customers they rely upon for their success over and over and over again. Blasting them down in a poll like this could potentially be effective because indeed, people with the free time to vote in polls on the Internet are likely the same people who are going to be spending lots of money on EA products (and less likely to be the kind of people worried about their house foreclosing).

People angry at both companies might still have voted EA because EA should be behooved to listen to what is essentially a good portion of its consumer base--in moreover in a medium that is likely to reach many other members of that same consumer base. If they looked at the vote from the perspective of, "Even if either is unlikely, which company is more likely to re-examine its practices if they 'win'?" BOA definitely won't, not from something like this. EA should. (Whether they will or not is an entirely different matter, and likely proportional to how many people still decide to buy their products even when they are unhappy with them, which is an ongoing nonsense deserving of its own article.)

This isn't saying Bank of America and corporations like it shouldn't be held accountable for their actions, but that there are better ways to take action against them---such as pressuring Congressional representatives for no more bailouts and stricter reforms on corporate operations (as two off-the-top-of-my-head examples; there are probably better ones out there). BOA provides, relatively speaking to video games, an essential service. They are likely to be unaffected by an opinion poll on the Internet which is likely, largely responded to in the majority by the kind of people who sit around and play video games all day. Better to vote for the company the poll might be more likely to impact.

I'm not a fan of EA but to have it win out of a bank who cheats homeowners out of their homes with falsified papers and sells of thousand dollar debts that have already been payed off to third parties that try to collect it again unless faced with a lawsuit... that's pushing it. At least EA gives you the choice not to pay for whatever feature that perhaps should have been included in the regular game. Until EA retroactively deducts hundreds of dollars from my credit card for games I already bought, I wouldn't vote it for number one

This is just sad. In the real world there are far worse companies than EA.

Bringing down the global economy/poisoning the environment/helping to decimate the locally owned high-street; all these things are far worse than fudging up ME3 and corrupting your favourite games studios.

Yeah, EA sucks, but the worst company in America it is not. So I can't necessarily blame them for their reaction to it, cause it is silly. That being said, I do feel they need to change their game plan to make it more consumer friendly, but I doubt they will even consider making such changes unless we just stop buying their games altogether to really hit them where it hurts. Sadly I don't have much confidence that many will be willing to do that and I very much want to be proven wrong.

Clearly, since this was an online poll, we should expect to see the results skewed. Perhaps if the Poll were named "Most Hated Company in America", it would make more sense. Besides, "Most Hated" would be a far more honest title, and the competition would be far more fun!

All things taken into consideration, EA's not the worst company on that list. Bank of America has done horrible financial damage to the economy, Apple's overseas labor practices are certainly nothing to applaud, and various other companies have done worse than EA. The poll doesn't even list things like "Private Contractors", Weapons Companies, Energy Companies, or various other "behind-the-scenes" types. EA is by no means the worst of the bunch.

All that said, EA is by no means without guilt here. They've certainly worked hard to earn all this hatred....

My point is, let's just view this poll as "The Most Hated Company" as opposed to "The Worst Company". Given that kind of title, I could definitely see EA winning, and I would have no problems with it.

Kinguendo:
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.

Why wouldn't they? They're still making money.

Companies like that are profit driven - the only way to get them to change is to take away their profits. We do this by not buying their products.

Awexsome:
Sometimes I wonder why the gaming audience is seen as immature spiteful loudmouthed children. Then I quickly remember that it is.

Get the fuck over it people. I've bought every project 10$ thing for every game I've bought and encourage others to do the same to support the publishers and developers that incorporated it. U mad?

The quote was entirely right btw. Band of America and BP deserve it more. Oh they've won it before? Lol Valve's won the Escapist's march madness before and that sure doesn't seem to stop them.

Valve are nominated every year, the other companies weren't. Big difference.

What I can't understand is how people are assuming this is all based on ME3 and not from 10 years of EA hate.

Bank of America deserved it hands down, the fact that people are still feeling the after-effects of the 'recession', the fact that they were 'bailed out' by the government (and American Taxpayers) and then refused to let the government regulate how that money (theirs and yours) is spent.

The recession crippled the worlds economy, now I'm not going to pretend that Bank of America is solely responsible for the recession but it was a major player. EA 'Nickel and Dime(ing)' Customers is not evil because at no point has anyone ever been forcefully sold an EA game/DLC/Online Pass.

The fact that Bank of America contributed to one of the most damaging and wide-spreading economic problems in the last couple decades should automatically put them above a entertainment company, no matter how silly some of their profit-making practices are.

Priorities people.

Fappy:

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.

'Tis true. Ive refused to buy EA products for a few years now. Bad business pracices, putting out shitty sequels to my favorite titles (Mercenaries) and shutting down the servers to my favorite rts game (Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II)has led to me bocotting their games.

If other people would do the same maybe EA would finally change its tune.

'People on the internet'<-everything wrong with this poll.

Legion:

"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."

That's EA all over. PR bullshit.

When's the last time a soldier gave his life for shitty propaganda, or an oil spill endangered thousands of lives, or a kid stepped on a land mine because of a video game company?

I'm gonna side with EA on this one...

Everyone, myself included, is wrong for even paying attention to this.

ReiverCorrupter:
Preface: I'm not a fan of EA and I do not defend their shady business practices.

Now, with that out of the way, I'd like to give my own (by no means exhaustive) summary of this thread.

I'll start with the "no"s...

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

No. To you and anyone who thinks (without sarcasm) that EA is actually the worst company in America. (If you were being sarcastic then feel free to ignore me.)

If you read my comment you will see that I never said EA was the worst... I said if it were the worst, then the world would be a better place but it isnt and there are other companies doing worse things that just screwing over their customers.

Legion:

"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."

That's EA all over. PR bullshit.

And, yet, in this case, it's a very accurate statement.

Still, it's nice to have something to point to and say "Yeah, this is pretty much indicative of the priorities that people in first world countries have."

Stu35:

Kinguendo:
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.

Why wouldn't they? They're still making money.

Companies like that are profit driven - the only way to get them to change is to take away their profits. We do this by not buying their products.

Because people who crave money are disgusting? That rampant consumerism is making very real peoples lives complete misery? That "Being fair" is a thing that exists and people can do?

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

That's exactly the problem. People keep buying their products and their over-priced dlc. Why change when no one else is going to change? A couple of us can boycott them but there are far too many fanboys out there who will stop at nothing to get the new Battlefield/Medal of Honor. game along with any and all dlc that is released every year, (Which really makes them just as bad as the Call of Duty fanboys they hate)

This is all meaningless if gamers continue buying record numbers of copies of games from the company. And, looking through the Facebook comments, I have to agree that there are, in reality, many much worse companies than EA that have done far more damage, overall, to the economy, to society, and to the environment. This is more a demonstration of the skewed, insular perspective of the more vocal Internet crowd. Coupled with the fact the company keeps selling games hand-over-fist to some of the same people complaining, it all just sounds like petulant tantrums from a bunch of addicts with the mind of a 5-year-old.

ADDENDUM: and people wonder why gamers aren't taken seriously.

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