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It’s been a tumultuous 2013 for EA. Financial projections are down, CEO John Riccitiello has stepped down, and one of the publisher's biggest launches was horribly botched. Today, chief operating officer Peter Moore has addressed a number of concerns that are leading the company deep into the “Worst Company in America” polling. You might recall that EA “won” that award last year.
Among his criticisms of some absurd reasons voters have endorsed EA for the rusted crown (the Madden cover athlete and the ending of Mass Effect 3), Moore tries to reinforce once more that SimCity’s always-online design is not DRM. He also reiterates the company’s stance on LGBT issues, which is now drawing fire from conservatives (a 180 degree change from last year when it was liberal sentiment driving votes).
Regardless of what you think of EA’s business practices in the interactive entertainment industry, it’s hard to justify their title as “Worst Company in America” last year or their candidacy this time around. Some of the other contenders were instrumental in the most severe financial collapse of our lifetimes. Others have been known to go out of their way to squeeze local retailers out of business. EA pioneered the idea of online access codes. If you aren't happy with EA, there are far more effective ways to communicate your displeasure. You could, for instance, stop buying their products. That's likely to make more of an impact than a vote in an anti-popularity contest.
You can read Moore’s entire statement here.
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>.> I think theve just fallen into a money wh*re pit and cant get out. I dont really like the company and really think they should of stuck to sports games. The thing that I hate is they take over the wonderful games and publish them. Like Bioware's games or the Dead Space games. A lot games had the chance to be great games but the got fu*ked up by EA beacsue they wanted the to be something diffrent.I might not ever buy a game made by EA again. Although its diffrent when they publish something. :/
Why do you assume that people who vote them as worst company in America still but their games? I haven't bought one in well over a year.
EA is not nearly the worst in america
You guys are all missing the point. People are voting for EA in this poll because that causes the most reaction. If BoA or someone else who is honestly worse than EA won, no one would bat an eye. Damage control speeches like the one referenced in this article and this article itself prove that EA and the gaming industry actually care about the WCIA poll. That's why people are voicing their opinions this way.
they are the worst company. they are however, the worst game company. I've sworn off EA games until they make some major changes.
It's what happens when you get bigger. People dislike you for being big and you become awkward with your new large body and stub your toes all the time. No one wins.
And they keep screwing games up and they lie about thing to cover the faults on some other company and not good customer support
I haven't bought an EA product in years now, well, except for Crysis, Crytek deserves it, they do really good work with how their engine and f2p point of view.
Somebody already said this before me but I gotta say it again. Walmart is a far worse company than EA.
While I disagree with a lot of the stuff that EA does, voting for them as the worst company in America is quite ridiculous.