Electronic Arts is No Longer the “Worst Company in America”

Electronic Arts’ reign as the Worst Company in America has come to an end.

Consumerist has announced results from the first round of its annual anti-award voting, and the 2014 Golden Poo will not go to EA.

After being labeled the Worst Company in America two years running, Electronic Arts avoided a three-peat, “losing” to Time Warner Cable by just 2.2% in a first round matchup.

“Despite its cock-up of the Battlefield 4 and Titanfall releases, EA just didn’t have the all-out support that it had received in the previous two tournaments,” Consumerist stated.

So who will it be — Time Warner Cable, Walmart, Ticketmaster? There are still plenty of awful companies left. See them all in the current bracket below:

 

 

 

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14 Comments on Electronic Arts is No Longer the “Worst Company in America”

Spinechrist

On March 25, 2014 at 7:58 am

Looking forward to some jaded EA fanboy claiming this somehow proves EA is popular and therefore makes great games. It’s hardly a victory to not be called the worst company for a third straight year. The fact they’re still in the running year on year is proof that they haven’t learned a damn thing.

Siannah

On March 25, 2014 at 9:20 am

Actually, the fact that they gotten voted worst company twice, despite dozens of companies that are actually worse than EA in terms of how much harm they directly caused, is telling a lot. About the poll and us gamers – nothing good though.

Puni

On March 25, 2014 at 9:43 am

That’s bollocks and you know it, Siannah. Do not try to pass the burden of EA’s years of incompetence, greed and creative stagnancy onto the customer. Funny how companies like Valve and Telltale don’t get the same treatment as EA. A bit of respect for your target base goes a long way, something EA still doesn’t grasp.

pooleboy87

On March 25, 2014 at 10:01 am

@Siannah:

I really get tired of that kind of reasoning. The tital of the poll isn’t “the most harmful company” or “the company that is inherently the most evil because they make/do something that has a negative connotation”.

It’s simply “The Worst Company”. While I would certainly agree that there are plenty of arguments for companies other than EA, they shouldn’t get a pass for anti-consumer practices and their effort to extract every single dollar that they could from their customers just because they produce something as innocuous as games.

There are a lot of reasons to label a company the “worst”. Don’t pretend that there weren’t any ACTUAL reasons that EA deserved that designation beyond “entitled” gamers.

lol

On March 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm

@pooleboy87

lol “anti consumer practices”. Yeah that’s why they’re still the biggest publisher in the industry.

Siannah

On March 25, 2014 at 2:05 pm

I certainly won’t give EA a free pass and I’d accept any opinion judging them as the worst company of the gaming industry. But worst of all companies? That’s as laughable as it gets and shows OUR priorities as human being – therefor I stand with not looking good.

@Puni – Creative stagnancy isn’t an EA, but an industry problem. Or would you call Activision, Blizzard, Ubisoft, Square Enix as creative?
@pooleboy87 – their effort to extract every single dollar – I’d guess you’re refering to stuff like DLCs and the recent Dungeon Keeper mobile game, right? Again, not EA exclusive, not EA’s invention, EA not the worst in the industry.

Dach

On March 25, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Well it seems they have made improvements.

I was fully expecting them to pull through for a third year as bottom champion; to be completely honest. I never personally voted for any of the previous years nor this year, but considering their business practices I felt it was a justly rewarded wake-up call.

I’m kinda glad they didn’t win and hope they see this as a sign to keep improving and not something to tote or crow about later on as some sort of victory.

joder

On March 25, 2014 at 4:48 pm

This thing is rigged! look at that picture. Why not pair on similar grounds. EA with Microsoft,both are game publishers; Time Warner Cable and Comcast cable and internet providers. An airline against a yoga apparel store come on! And of course anything that goes against Monsanto surely will lost.

Puni

On March 25, 2014 at 5:26 pm

@Siannah – No, I criticise all of your examples for the exact same reason. Lack of new ideas and risk factor, reliance of tried and test and tested formulas, removal of integral content to sell as DLC, focus on the ‘casual market’ etc. They’re all as bad as each other.

It seems we’re on the same side, here.

Farter

On March 25, 2014 at 5:27 pm

@lol – heh, you still think your trollposts have value. Cute.

Red Menace

On March 25, 2014 at 9:02 pm

I’d have to give it to Time Warner for that ridiculous deal they did for a Dodgers-only tv channel and they expect other cable providers customers to pay for.

James

On March 25, 2014 at 11:09 pm

They should ban Macdonalds from this, it’s obvious they are gonna win, give the others a fighting chance!

lol

On March 26, 2014 at 5:38 am

@Farter

Can’t disprove that fact though ;)

Farter

On March 26, 2014 at 6:13 am

Don’t need to, lol. You didn’t state a single fact, you expressed an opinion. You didn’t even elaborate on what you meant by “biggest.” Therefore, there’s nothing to disprove.

What IS fact is that you’re a known troll, something that you didn’t disprove. Because you’re incapable of doing so.

Any more pearls of fail?