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Electronic Arts voted ‘Worst Company in America’ second time in a row

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Well, there you have it, folks. In the Consumerist’s annual Worst Company in America Golden Poo awards, EA has managed to come out on top for the second year on a row. This is the second time the company has edged out Bank of America, winning this year by a whopping 78%. Yesterday Peter Moore gave a rather scathing and non-commital “we can do better” speech, blaming all the hate on homophobic people voting against EA because of their stance on LGBTQ issues and people “not liking the choice of player for the cover of Madden”.

It’s really disconcerting that the COO of a major game publisher like EA doesn’t understand that customers hate half-hearted releases and being nickel and dimed to death by DLC. Wii U owners don’t have to worry about EA’s shoddy business practices since the company has practically forsaken the console, but the Golden Poo award is certainly worth it. I only wish it could be presented to Peter Moore himself.

[via The Consumerist]

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  • http://www.facebook.com/aleksander.esentals Aleksander Esentals

    haha ^^

  • http://www.facebook.com/aleksandar.antonijevic.1004 Aleksandar Antonijevic

    EA Is dead :D Yay !

    • dylanbob121

      they’re not dead,just got shot in the back a few times

      • http://www.facebook.com/aleksandar.antonijevic.1004 Aleksandar Antonijevic

        I think they’re dead

  • Nintenjoe82

    Worst company in America would suggest they killed people or harmed the rainforest or something but no, they tried to fight piracy and make money and are therefore evil!!!

    • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

      Yeah lets just forget the restrictive DRM that made games unusable when their servers didn’t work, lets also forget all the nickle and diming they do with charging for features that are basically pay to essentially complete the game. Never mind canceling titles for certain platforms despite them already being complete.

      Guess they didn’t learn that if you take care of the gamers they will buy your games keeping Piracy down. Screw them and they will not pay and do whatever they can to pirate or break the encryption/DRM

      • Nintenjoe82

        They are big smelly douches that deserve to be knocked down a peg or two.

        Peter Moore will lose his job when they retrospectively analyse his tenure because before he joined, EA were being lauded for progressing from the days when all they did was officially licencesd sports games (and the way they got the licence agreements made all other sports games suffer) and shit movie tie ins.

        • Only a few are true gamers

          Lets hope so because he needs to be fired

  • James Hubbard

    EA needs to stop passing blame. They are shady, and there’s no way around it.

  • The_fuzz_buzz

    We were just waiting…

  • Nintedward

    That’s because they litteraly are the worst and most annoying company EVER.

    2011 – on stage with Nintendo
    2013 – Butthurt with Nintendo . = unprofessional , head up arse idiots.

    Edit – I removed the unnecessary swearing.

    • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

      That is a big part of it and not just Nintendo. They are unprofessional to all the gaming companies. Basically say do it our way or we will throw a fit which is exactly what they did to Nintendo. Did you read Peter Moore’s letter on how they can do better? No mention on how they can do better but instead remaining as arrogant and in denial of their issues as they have ever been.

      • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

        The blame deflecting is the worst part of that letter. “People got mad at us because we support LGBTQ issues.” He’s trying to paint his company in a better light than a company like Chick-Fil-A, but no one’s issues with EA has ever been because of their support for human rights.

        • david jarman

          Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and no one should be force to support something they don’t believe in. Sorry, it bothers me when people attack chic-fil-a. Lets keep it video games.

          • Jess Purdy

            Hey, that goes both ways.

          • david jarman

            You know, had it not been mentioned we wouldn’t be having this conversation. You’re right it does goes both ways, but that wasn’t the point. I came here for video games not politics.

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            I think it was only mentioned because Peter Moore used the LGBT as a diversion tactic pointing out companies, like Chic Fi La that are against those rights.

          • Will

            But Chick-fil-a isn’t against those “rights”. Chick-fil-a hires gay and lesbian employees, and homosexuals are more than welcome to eat there. The CEO’s personal and religious beliefs just happen to view homosexuality as not a positive lifestyle. He should have the right to have a personal opinion, just as homosexuals demand the right to their personal opinion without judgement.

          • JasonF25

            Rights and opinions are different things. Rights are bound by law. No one is preventing opinions. The Chick-fil-a CEO has the right to his opinion and actions for his company. NO ONE is taking away his rights. Being made fun of is not getting your rights taken away. Now, preventing someone from getting married, that IS preventing someone from having the same rights through the force of law. As CEO, he was funding lobbying as a way to enforce unequal rights through legislation on a subset of people.

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            That is true but the CEO represents the company if he likes it or not and when he publicly speaks out against gay and lesbian people and donates massive amounts of money earned by owning Chic-fil-a to organizations against gay and lesbian people then it shows that his company is against those rights and those people even though he allows them to work for the company.

            Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I am entitled to think he is a closed minded ass for having that opinion.

          • david jarman

            And I think your closed minded for judging someone for their faith.

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            This is not the place for a religious debate so I will not get into one. All I will say is that last time I checked faith had nothing to do with donating money to groups that go against your personal faith. Everyone is entitled to believe in what they want no matter if there is nothing to prove it exists but to go out of your way to interfere with other people’s lives based on one’s personal beliefs shows that the person doing that is not a good person.

            I believe in being a good person to all people no matter what their religious beliefs are, sexual orientation, or their ethnicity or race. If a person does not like gay marriage then they do not get gay married but why try and make the rest of the world do what someone else believes? Makes no sense. Who says that “God” is the right “God” or if there is a “God” at all. I mean it could simply have been a book to try and explain the unexplainable at that time just like people believed the world was flat at one time.

          • david jarman

            Your’e right this isn’t the place for it, which is what I was trying to say to begin with before you replied and started it back up. Yes giving his money has everything to do with faith because that is what they are fighting for is his faith that marriage is between a man and woman. End of story lets move on.

        • Only a few are true gamers

          The reason for his hate is because EA has become a failure and he really knows his job is on the line

    • Only a few are true gamers

      Peter moore needs to retire

    • mikel334u2

      They’re bad, but I wouldn’t say the worst. They publish some of the greatest games of this generation, but they’re the worst VIDEO GAME company because of their just plain terrible business practices.

  • Jake Cooper

    It has nothing to do with Homophobia, Moore. We just hate you for being a greedy cunt. :)

    • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

      Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    • Nintenjoe82

      It’s almost as though they’re going to start a campaign of: “Don’t want game ruining DRM in everything? …..then you must be racist or homophobic”

      He must be pretty worried about his job. He left MS in 2007 when the 360 was relatively obscure and now it’s the No.1 console in US and he joined EA in 2007 when they were the dominant force in 3rd party game publishing and now Activision have pinched that crown!

    • Nintenjoe82

      He was also the guy that decided Sega should stop making hardware!

      • Richard Yates

        No way! everydays a schoolday eh?

        • Nintenjoe82

          To be fair I don’t think it was his decision. He just said Sega gave him unachievable targets or else they had to leave the hardware market. He reckons that he was the one that had to fire everyone because the Japanese execs delegated the job to him. Maybe that’s what turned him into a stone cold reptilian evil doer.

    • Zelly Jeffers

      Seriously. I have plenty of gay friends who don’t care for EA.

    • SoulSilverZero

      *slow clapping* :)

    • Mizzah Tee

      I haven’t laughed so hard in ages! I’m in tears xD

    • NkoSekirei

      anyone was suprise i wasnt.EA deserves this award cause they will never change and continue to abuse their devs by not letting them develop wat they want and also tried to shove origin down our throats serves them right

      • http://www.senran-international.boards.net/ TwinTails

        And they will be the first to go if the video game market crashes again.

    • Richard Yates

      I remember i nearly wept when they brought westwood studios!

  • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

    Seriously how bad of a company do you have to be to beat out Comcast or the greedy Oil companies.

    • bizzy gie

      Xfinity is better than Uverse by a long shot.

    • Wayne Beck

      In the US there is practically no way to screw people harder than Bank of America does. I mean, they auto-penned Eviction Notices for hundreds of thousands of home owners without actually looking at their mortgage. Beating them in a Worst Company in America contest two years in a row is astounding.

      • http://www.senran-international.boards.net/ TwinTails

        Which is one of causes of the recession if I recall correctly.

      • Cubester_64

        In a bad way.

    • NkoSekirei

      well there are worse companies out there then EA but EA is heading u there

  • Mickey Mouse

    This vote came from an online poll, and online polls are hijacked by groups of people who have an agenda against someone or some organisation. So you have to take this result with a pinch of salt, as it probably isn’t an accurate reflection of people’s opinion. But yeah, EA is pretty bad anyway.

    • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

      It isn’t an accurate reflection of people’s opinion? Hello.. have you read what people write about EA? Go find the letter of “How EA can do better” that Moore wrote and read the commentary on there. Way more negative than positive.

      Sure there may be some repeated voters but I think that is why the poll is only kept open a short period and reading through the results I think it is pretty accurate to the companies they ranked.

  • Samuel Mungy

    I really don’t like this article. Journalists shouldn’t target to shame but target to tell the truth. This is very biased journalism. This is on the level of what Pachter does and other websites this site condemns. Please go back to writing your normal articles. We actually could do with EA games btw.

    • http://twitter.com/Jamie_Clabon Jamie Clabon

      but everything he said was true

      “they got this, they beat this guy again, here’s their argument, here’s another possible reason, there won’t be any ea games on wiiu soon”

  • Cerus98

    I despise EA and everything they stand for. I also had no clue when it came to their stance on any of those issues. Do they REALLY not understand why Spore was/is the most pirated game of all time or what?

  • MetroidZero

    Didn’t see that coming…

    • Alex

      Pretty much nobody expect this to happen.

  • Nobody

    I know this may sound somewhat fanboyish, but EA can’t be all bad if they made Dead Space and The Godfather so great.

    • Nintenjoe82

      and a couple of decent LotR games and Freedom Fighters was good too

    • Yoshiwhirlwind

      Dead Space is starting to go downhill though. Played 3 but I still like 2 better.

  • david jarman

    We had good times, EA. Good times! Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

  • Adrian Brown

    well diserved

  • http://www.facebook.com/Beboruiz Jorge Ruiz

    I used to like EA back in the day when it was Electronic Arts. And the word Arts meant something to them.

  • Super Buu

    Proud to be someone who contributed in voting for them as the Worst Company in America.

    • Only a few are true gamers

      I did too..Peter moores days are numbered

  • Only a few are true gamers

    Suck it peter moore…It proves your a pile of shit and should retire from gaming. Peter moore is a money greedy shit stain that hates anything that is not his way…so peter f-ing moore your gaming days are running out ..We the gamers have put you on notice

  • Only a few are true gamers

    There’s a name to what kind of disorder peter more has. It’s called Diarrhea of the mouth and it causes him to talk crap

  • sdmac200600

    No….just no. Seriously? Out of ALL the companies in the United States……….EA is the worst…………A GAMING COMPANY THAT BARELY AFFECTS PEOPLE DIRECTLY is the worst company in America. Really? Now they are the worst GAMING company in America but they are no where near close to even be mentioned as the worst company in America. The ONLY reason they won was because most of their audience is on computers and know what EA has done to them as a GAMER.

    • http://www.facebook.com/AJ.Fowl Andrew Chambers

      I completely agree, definitely not the worst company, not even close. However, I will agree it’s the worse gaming company. Well, worse major game company.

  • di g

    the hell with EA shitty company with shitty games. i hope they go out of business. One less pile of shit to worry about

  • Ford Crews

    Ticketmaster should have gotten it.

  • NintendoNoob

    serves them right. They are greedy dicks

  • greengecko007

    The sad thing is that despite being hated by so many, EA isn’t going anywhere fast. They may be the most hated, but they are also the most successful video game publishing company.

    • NintendoNoob

      No, a lot of gaming companies have done a shit ton better than EA

      • greengecko007

        If that were true, EA wouldn’t have such a tyrannical grip on 3rd party video game publishing. I wish they weren’t successful, as I generally disapprove of them. But their success is undeniable.

        • Arthur Jarret

          But they don’t have a tyrannical grip. My PS3, my 3DS, my Wii U – none of these support Origin.

          • greengecko007

            1. The PS3 does support origin

            2. “3rd party video game publishing”

            The 3DS only has 5 EA published games. They are FIFA 12 & 13, Need for Speed, The Sims Pets, and The Sims 3.

          • Arthur Jarret

            I meant support as in the way they wanted to integrate it in the Wii U system.

            You can use your origin ID with EA games on Wii U to connect to their servers, just like you can use it with EA games on Xbox or PS3.

            Unlike what they wanted to do on wii U, I am not forced to connect to origins to start my EA game on any console but PC. This is what I meant with the statement:

            They haven’t bullied the other companies into it – meaning they don’t really have the afore-mentioned tyrannical grip.
            Of course, origins is the entire reason they got this nice award now. If the server is down, your game is unplayable. If EA goes bankrupt (any day now) and their servers are taken down, your game is unplayable.
            If EA decides to change settings, but not patch their old games… your game is unplayable.

            If that was the only way Wii U could have gotten EA games – I’m glad not to get them.

            I like many of their franchises, but I would like to be able and play games I paid for 10 years after their release. For PC, many gamers dislike it but accept it – due to the common piracy problems on this platform. For console, this might be a different story if EA does manage to put the origins ‘always online’ platform on the next xbox or playstation.

  • ps4ultimania

    EA is not going to get it are they and there thinking there too good for the wiiu only hurts nintendo but we dont have a bad branded name crazy for he wiiu atleast imagine all the shitty games they could release making the wiiu look bad but we dont gotta worry that

  • David Rampa

    lmao, i had to laugh so much at the logo. thumbs up on that. fcking ea assholes

  • david daniel wharton camacho

    i mean;
    it is amazing you make players a better comunitty by acepting this but blaming your position on 23% of the homophobes in the gaming comunity doesnt justify ur position, you suck because of being so self centered where your clients dont matter even if they are actually paying for your games! try being respectful, not just to us but to other companies because lets admit it, your decision of banishing nintendo, just because they said no to your client treatment, is and let me quote “CHILDISH” now try making games for the players and not for ur wallet. maybe you can be 2nd place next time >:(

  • prettypinkpanacea

    I like the new logo. All it needs is the EA Sports slogan: “Its in the game” and it would be a gem.

  • Mario

    I don’t like EA anymore. Best company I know. Ubisoft!

    • http://www.facebook.com/AJ.Fowl Andrew Chambers

      Ubisoft? wow, the current lack of support for the Wii U is really affecting Nintendo gamers right now…

      • greengecko007

        I know right? Ubisoft’s support has been pretty lackluster as well. Giving exclusive content to AC3 for what? Not the Wii U, but the old PS3? And of course Rayman… Ubisoft isn’t some video game martyr going out of their way to help the Wii U like some people think.

  • Ian Rahn

    Why do you guys care about EA so much? If they are already doing poorly why would they invest money in a console that isn’t making money?

  • Teem Four Tress Too

    EA, Being voted, For worst company, again? Whaaatt? This company sold Sims and Sim City!! WTF people.

  • http://www.senran-international.boards.net/ TwinTails

    Wow, I don’t know what to say. Are they even trying anymore?

  • Michael Jurado

    Death too EA !!!

  • Mark

    I really don’t understand how EA is still standing afloat; there are many people who want to see the company fail, let alone burn. Well, it’s almost inevitable that EA will go bankrupt if their business practices aren’t changed.

  • rulqua

    MOAR LIEK EGAY AMIRITE

  • CuriousManiac

    I really don’t like EA, or their games, so I guess this makes me happy.

    But it also makes me sad, since I wish they would fix their company and just make better games.

    So I guess…. Meh?

  • Gabe Hoffman

    If EA is really going to be like this then I think Nintendo can be better off without those ignorant money grubbing A holes

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004766431201 Barney Stinson

    What has this got to do with Wii U? If I wanted to know about EA,I’d have searched “EA”…

  • jay

    Ummm…. Monsanto is the worst company EVERY year….

  • Ducked

    EA, maybe you should consider not being greedy……I better not use bad language.

  • http://www.facebook.com/colin.bahons Colin Peter Parks

    could not have happened to a bunch of nicer money grabbing individualist raping wankers. Fuck them!
    Ea games “buy everything”

  • William Cole

    They love shooting themselves in the foot. This is well deserved.

  • Stephen Dorn

    EA’s best game: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for the PC

  • Quicksilver88

    I mean how bad do you have to be to be considered worse than BAO who foreclosed on millions of peoples homes, tried to implement new mandatory debit card fees, took billions in taxpayer TARP money, even with all these sucky policies pays its execs millions in bonuses….I mean come on EA you are really bad to be considered that bad. That defense they spouted a few days ago was ridiculous, I mean does he really think gamers give a crap out a game cover really……and the LGTBQ Issue, I think is insane….I mean WTF? Wo cares what their policy is on this? Gay people who are what 3% of the US population and last I looked were not a major segment in gaming…I mean have you ever seen a gays for games movement….if there was one do they want Kratos to do a dude in the next GOW game or maybe the option to pickup gay whores in next GTA? How about gay marriage option in the next harvest moon game….Look EA is out of touch and his statements reflect that. I like plenty of the games they publish but I hated the idea of online codes, DRM in simcity, and micro transactions…..they are greedy bullies so it amazes me they aren’t picking on LGB gamers….lol!

  • ReckoningReckoner

    Worst coming in gaming? Sure, maybe Activision would be a very close second.

    Worst company in America? Uh No. Monstanto, DOW Chemical, the banks, etc.