The lights are on
I think it's safe to say that Peter Moore is not currently dancing around the EA offices to "We are the Champions." His company has had a rough 2013 so far, and today isn't making it any better. The voting in the final round of Consumerist's "Worst Company in America" competition has wrapped up and, for the second year running, EA has won the not-so-coveted "Golden Poo Award."
In their wrap-up post declaring the SimCity publisher the "victor," Consumerist cited a number of factors contributing to EA's triumph over its final opponent, Bank of America. Writer Chris Morran hones in on three points: failure to provide a product people want, high prices (especially with the publisher pocketing in-game advertising money), and subpar support of their titles. Consumerist also takes another shot at Moore's attempt at an apology and rationalization via a published statement last week, reiterating the fallacies and inaccuracies put forward by EA's chief operating officer.
This year has already seen the fumbled launch of the high profile SimCity, the departure of CEO John Riccitiello due to poor financial performance, the closure of Visceral Montreal prior to the release of Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel, and a Battlefield 4 reveal that has met critical skepticism (largely due to bombastic claims that don't align with the footage shown at GDC). Furthermore, EA was nowhere to be found at February's PlayStation 4 event in New York City. Rumors are circulating that the publisher has struck a deal with Microsoft. Until the curtain is pulled back on the next Xbox (rumored for the end of May), we won't know for certain.
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Most deserved? Probably not, but it certainly is well deserved. Seeing as how things haven't changed in a year, might as well send them some plastic poo monthly. They are a likely candidate to win next year too.
So people who most likely didn't submit companies they would have preferred to have "won", nor voted in the little contest itself, are throwing a hissy-fit because the results of said contest does not reflect the choice they would have preferred....
.....and then go on to label others as "entitled."
Yeah, I'm sure Ea gives a crap. They'll continue to make games, and will still sell. But in other news, when is NCAA football coming out?
Ea, please listen to your customers and then move forward.
Yay for them.
Do they deliver that award by taking it to the company's headquarters, placing it in a paper bag, lighting it on fire, ringing the door bell and running?
I never look at a video game company and think they should be taken down or are evil. I focus on things that can actually hurt people's daily lives: war, loss of money, etc. Choosing EA as the worst company was a bad idea for those who participated. Game companies, in my opinion, cannot hurt us as other companies can. I swear, gamers already have a bad reputation enough as it is, but I guess we can add selfish to the list.
I don't think EA deserved this award this year. There are worse companies out there.
Well deserved once again.