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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Beating a bank as "the worst" for a company is pretty impressive. I don't think I even dislike EA that much, and I've thought they were mf'ing containers of fecal matter since they shunned the Dreamcast.
Still... LOL @ EA.
I honestly don't get the buzz on this...there are companies out there that literally ruin lives, but a videogame company gets the heat due to a bunch of postal fanboys? The worst thing EA did was butcher some of my favorite games and slap on some greedy little schemes that can all be avoided. My jobsite threatened to fire my ass if I didn't show up for work, even though I sprained my back.
Sort of off topic here, but EA striking some sort of exclusive deal makes a lot of sense if the rumors are true and the new Xbox is going to be an always-connected system. That is right in EA's wheelhouse.
Nothing like a lesson in humility.
Wow. Twice in a row. I really hope we don't we EA in the next gen of gaming when that time comes. But that doesn't mean some great games under EA's nose should be dead too. At least sell of some of the properties that EA has to other publishers/developers that will take care of them, if EA has a chance to die.
the worst company still running gaming anyway, they don't care they are making bank
If anything this shows that the billion dollar gaming industry can make the same amount of noise as any other big global industry out there. Yes there are plenty worse out there but bad is bad no matter what category it fits in. It's a problem whether it may be big or small. Now who knows if the big wigs of EA even care about this whole thing, beats me. I'm just taking this whole thing with a grain of salt but it tells EA something whether they want to hear it or not. PEOPLE DON'T LIKE WHAT YOU'RE DOING.
Kind of funny though. We can speak up pretty damn well if we want to that's for sure, might make some people ashamed or angry but we can be heard loud & clear lol.
EA partnering with Microsoft would be a bad idea since most of its games are sports/multiplatform.