Comment of the Week: EA Shouldn’t Be Excused

A presenter at GDC 2013 explained that EA’s efforts to improve quality of life for its employees have gone largely unnoticed, with attention being drawn instead to the company’s public shortcomings.

Game Front commenter gasmaskangel doesn’t believe that the way EA treats its employees should excuse the way it treats its customers. He wrote:

“I am willing to commend EA for its work in both improving the working conditions of it’s employees, and for its acceptance and policy of reaching out to the GBLT community, however that does not excuse every other terrible policy it enacts, especially its seeming commitment to being the most consumer unfriendly company it can be, the insistence of slapping an online component onto everything for some insane reason or another, the constant attempt to relieve consumers of all of their money, the homogenizing of games like Dead Space and Mass Effect into the same third person shooter sludge, or the fact that anytime anyone with any authority at EA makes a statement to the gaming press I feel the urge to strangle them.”

Run-on sentence aside, gasmaskangel makes a great point: despite what RPGs may have to say about it, Good actions don’t counter Evil actions.

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5 Comments on Comment of the Week: EA Shouldn’t Be Excused

axy1985

On April 6, 2013 at 8:33 pm

midas omce turned everything he touched gold… EA managed to turn everything they touched into . they have killed many franchises lately….

pooleboy87

On April 6, 2013 at 10:55 pm

It sorta pisses me off that there’s even a THOUGHT that we should be giving EA any credit whatsoever for this. I’m not willing to commend them one ing bit. I’m willing to say “about time”. I mean, come on! Are we now supposed to give companies that operate in the United States a freaking standing ovation for having somewhat reasonable working conditions? Are we supposed to pat them on the back for not crunching their employees into death? Are we supposed to say “good job” for NOT demanding hundreds of hours of unpaid overtime with no reasonable relief and an endless development cycle?

Doing what’s moderately moral and human instead of treating your employees like robots in the chase to maximize profits isn’t something that we should be cheering them for. It’s something that they should have done in the first place. They’re NOT abusing their employees anymore? Great. Doesn’t excuse that they used to abuse their employees, doesn’t deserve applause, and doesn’t excuse all the other bull leaking from those truly evil ass-holes sitting at the top of the company.

Real

On April 7, 2013 at 5:01 am

Agree completely with gasmaskangel and pooleboy87 – it’s a sick society we live in when EA is somehow worthy of praise for not treating its staff as badly as it used to. This isn’t Victorian London or a third-world sweatshop we’re talking about here, this is a large multinational company. It should go without saying that it’ll look after its employees. The fact that it’s seen as the exception to the rule instead of the rule itself is disgusting, the fact that it’s being used as a means of distracting from EA’s other horrendous practices is even worse.

EA is a parasitic, unethical conglomerate. No amount of employee initiatives – especially when they appear to be nothing more than damage limitation that were only implemented because EA was caught and condemned – will ever disguise their negative contribution to the industry as a whole or their continued malpractice towards customers and developers. The sooner EA tanks, the better.

mwallek

On April 7, 2013 at 8:04 am

EA is a busybody company. Buy their product, pay for them fuking around with your rights to access that paid for product. Bankruptcy is best for them. And Crysis 3 is the worst of the line thus far.

quicktooth

On April 7, 2013 at 10:21 pm

I agree with everything gasmaskangel says. EA should be commended for being less evil to it’s employees, but should also be shunned for (incomprehensibly in a buisness context) abusing it’s customers. Why they are still in buisness given their active hostility to all who provide their paychecks is beyond me. Are most gamers masochistic sheep?