Bad news, EA haters: The three-peat is off.
Electronic Arts was a solid favorite to win this year’s Worst Company in America award, which would have given it an unprecedented three Golden Poos. Yet it didn’t even make it out of the first round, as it was edged out by Time Warner Cable, which must now surely be seen as a front-runner for the top spot.
Time Warner Cable got 51.2 percent of the vote in its first-round showdown with EA, which pulled down a mathematically-obvious 48.8 percent. That’s the narrowest margin since 2011, when BP beat out Bank of America by less than one percent to win the overall title.
EA had a rough ride last year with the launch of Battlefield 4 but the Consumerist said that Time Warner’s looming merger with Comcast, another former winner, is likely what put it over the edge. The still-independent Comcast delivered an “absolute crushing” to its first-round dance partner Yahoo!, 87.9 percent to 12.1 percent, suggesting that “there is a lot of hatred out there for the nation’s largest cable/internet provider.”
It’s sad, in a way, to see the dream come to an end, unless you work for EA or think there are worse things that a major multinational can do than release kind of half-assed video games. Peter Moore will no doubt be happy about it, even if the result is less “we can do better” and more “somebody else can do worse.”