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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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Get rid of DRM and that will be much better.
Anyone else notice how he says "Can" & not "Will"
Just take down origin and get out
I honestly don't remember the last time I bought an EA game. Maybe Need For Speed 5? And Sim City 5's always online is absolutely DRM. There is no reason for it other than for DRM purposes. There is no reason to be forced to play with other people other than for DRM purposes. End of story. It's not DRM, you say? Then remove that restriction, it serves no desired purpose. Oh, you say that you wont't, despite people not wanting it? Then it's DRM. Just own up to it.
Its hot in here..
Well if I had a Time Machine. I'd go back in time and back hand every CEO before they do a stupid mistake. Yet....sadly. Don't have the ability to go back in time....I am not The Doctor.
Still it is a mean feat to win the worse award in the world. Should be proud. Not even Comcast or Bank of America can do any worse lol.
It blows my mind. After all the broo ha ha over Sim City, it's selling like hot cakes. Things like that just reaffirm in the minds of gaming execs that gamers have no backbone and will take whatever they are given.
just read that peter moore piece, aaaaaaaaand im done with EA.
Right, EA has some work to do. Worst country in America? Not even close.
I guess far too many gamers vote on this.
I do find it amusing that you point out this poll really means nothing, but then insist someone else should have won. Sure, should have, but what's it matter? Telling bad people they're bad isn't likely to help.
Mike you need to give this a read.
Another "news" article mixing editorial with news?
How hard is it to create a new tag for these articles instead of using the misleading "news" tag?
Regarding the award itself, I'm going to quote someone who summed it up nicely in this thread:
"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."
Well, would anyone really be proud of being the worst company anyway? I mean, okay, sure they aren't the worst, but still...
Well, im pretty sure you can't do any worse.
Unpopular? Sure. Still profitable though so EA's all like "Deal with It."