EA (dis)honored to be ranked US worst company, second year in a row

EA (dis)honored to be ranked US worst company, second year in a row
Game studio Electronic Arts has fought fierce competition for the least wanted award for any company - America’s worst. Yet, somehow, EA had the dishonor of not just winning it, but winning it for a second straight year.

In a massive poll conducted by The Consumerist, online users voted their most hated company and Electronic Arts won by a huge margin against the other candidate, Bank of America.

Voting built in rounds put tech giants like Apple and Microsoft, Google and Facebook against each other. Apple got more of the negative vote, and so did Facebook.

T-Mobile and AT&T represented the worst of carriers with AT&T getting more votes, and Best Buy and Walmart were among the retailers online users in America did not like either. All cable companies were also in the list.

You might wonder how Electronic Arts got the negative vote of so many people to become America’s worst company. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that its customers are virtually all online and the poll was among online users. The SimCity 5 outrage where the company launched the game without having the servers ready for players probably had a lot to do with it, and so is the company’s tendency to use in-app purchases to an absurd scale in games like Real Racing 3.

Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore came up with a blog post promising the company will do better to please its customers, but also pointed out that "the tallest trees catch the most wind," saying that actual sales of the company are growing.

source: Consumerist

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37 Comments

1. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Apple was expected, but EA??

4. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

EA is definitely the worst company there is. They treat their customers like nothing, money whore like hell, enslave their gaming studios and at the end of the day after all the backlash and hate, they do nothing, and continue to make the situation even worst. Still buy and love their games tho.

7. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

like apple?

8. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

If they were like Apple, Apple would of been rated worst.

9. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

like apple?

10. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

I mean. even though some people saying there is no innovation,nothing new. And worse comes to worse, they still buy..

11. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

I mean. even though some people saying there is no innovation,nothing new. And worse comes to worse, they still buy..

25. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

wow, you're such an entitled brat... Im convinced most gamers are. Tell me ONE THING that EA does that is bad that no other gaming company does? I bet you can't name a single thing. If you wanna say they are the worst gaming company, that wouldn't be a hard point to argue. But I guess microtransactions and day one dlc and online DRM is worse somehow than home foreclosures or being stranded in the middle of the ocean for days or various things like that?

30. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Umm, home foreclosures are *generally* idiots that bit off more than they could chew. And as far as the cruise ship, I haven't heard of actual neglect in that situation. So, yes, I would say EA is worse. That's why I buy at most 1-2 games a year, and usually they are on sale. Last year I spent 65 dollars for two games. Neither of which I really play. One was never even opened. But I just can't justify 60 bucks for a game. Then if you do by used, they make you pay for online play? WTF? I already pay for Live, why the fonk should I pay them more? That being said, I'm definitely not a gamer. Just my thoughts on the company compared to the others you mentioned.

26. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I agree, back in the days were there werent any DLCs EA used to make some very nice games, they still make awesome game but they basically force you to buy DLC at outrageous prices, they leave cars out of the game on purpose so you have to buy them if you like them and most of the time the cars on DLC are the better cars.

28. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

False. EA isn't the worst company. In this survey, yes, but in the real world, no. Monsanto. A few energy companies (the ones with no respect for the environment who take a crapton of government subsidies to post multibillion dollar profits). The banks and ratings agencies who caused one of the worst economic disasters in modern history. Those aren't here.

31. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Don't forget the ignorant people that helped aid in economic downturn. The banks just did what they were expected to do. Prey on stupid people. I mean if you are making 30k a year, what makes you honestly believe you can afford a 200k+ house? Especially when the rule of thumb is to spend less than at VERY most 30% of your income on housing. That being said, I really dislike banks, but I can avoid them(and do, as I bank with a credit union.)

36. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

The banks were somewhat rational in their lending, but the ratings agencies really screwed it up. Evidently, the credit bundles were sold based on the assumption that mortgage failures are independent events -- clearly not the case in a housing bubble. Investors then picked up the over-valued packages to the point that they had far more derivatives than actual assets. Housing bubble popped, investment banks tanked, economy went boom. So it's not just ignorant loan-takers. It's also ignorant people with heavy economic influence. Ratings agencies being one, government being the other big one (for deregulating the market so heavily). Wow. This got somewhat off track.

14. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Apple is worser™

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Hahaha.......you cracked me up with the "worser"! Hahahaha........xD

24. Dastrix unregistered

Wow, no wonder. Go back to school.

32. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

English, please.

2. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

Is there a company america likes??? Twitter? Instagram?

21. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Coka-Cola? Whole Foods? Whichever companies craps out those little pink ribbons? Honestly, how did BofA beat Comcast or Walmart? I feel like Gonzaga right now... (stupid Wyoming)

3. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Lol. Wonder how EA is going to take this.

13. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

It dosen't bother them™

33. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

True that. You have to have a soul for it to bother you and no one at EA has one.

35. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Well, no business has a soul. "Family, Friendship, Religion. Those are the three demons you must slay for a succesful business." - The Simpsons.

5. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

really?

6. NMTitan

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

T-Mobile wasn't the only carrier. Verizon and AT&T were both on the list, and AT&T made it further than any of the carriers.

16. Victor.H

Posts: 1095; Member since: May 27, 2011

A slipup, thanks for catching it! We've now updated the article mentioning AT&T with all due honors.

27. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

To be fair, Verizon is just listed, not Verizon Communications, which is a separate entity that is co-opted with Vodafone. Verizon itself is just a cable tv/internet type company. AT&T on the other hand has their wireless,tv, internet, and wireline services integrated.

12. shnibz

Posts: 513; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

Yeah EA does some dirty stuff. Tiger Woods PGA golf every year now you can't even play a season out the box. There are courses on the tour during the season that they make u buy as dlc instead of putting it in the game. That's dirty, don't make paying for dlc damn near mandatory.

17. Azure01

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Good, anyone whose a gamer knows EA screws its customers with a smile. This whole DLC problem wouldn't have gotten out of hand if EA just went bankrupt back in like '08.

18. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

EA has pretty much ruined every franchise it buys in the last few years, screw them.

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