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EA out of Worst Company in America poll

EA out of Worst Company in America poll

Tue 25 Mar 2014 8:29am GMT / 4:29am EDT / 1:29am PDT
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Publisher comfortably avoids third consecutive win after exiting in the first round

Electronic Arts has been voted out of The Consumerist's poll to find "The Worst Company in America" - a title it has held for the last two years.

EA is the only company to win the poll twice in its history, but it avoided the possible indignity of a third after being beaten by Time Warner in the first round. Time Warner took 51.4 per cent of the vote.

"Despite its cock-up of the Battlefield 4 and Titanfall releases, EA just didn't have the all-out support that it had received in the previous two tournaments," The Consumerist noted.

Given that The Consumerist's poll includes companies like Sea World, which is under fire after allegations of abuse of the orcas in its care, and Monsanto, which was named "the most evil corporation in the world" last year, EA's contributions would not seem to merit a place in the poll at all.

And yet it has won the vote for the last two years due to mistakes like the botched launch of SimCity and the divisive ending of the Mass Effect trilogy. Indeed, after it was named America's worst company last year, COO Peter Moore published a blog post on that very subject.

"This is the same poll that last year judged us as worse than companies responsible for the biggest oil spill in history, the mortgage crisis, and bank bailouts that cost millions of taxpayer dollars," he said.

With that in mind, the fact that the technical problems experienced by Battlefield 4 users did not push EA beyond the first round of the poll could be considered a victory for common sense.

9 Comments

Thomas Dolby Project Manager / Lead Programmer, Ai Solve

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Titanfall had a botched release? Certainly not the case on PC, the game is amazingly stable and I haven't had a single issue.

But anyways, I'm glad EA wont win it this time around. The point gets raised every time but they really are far from the worst company on that list.

Posted:8 months ago

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

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The mere fact that EA is ever even on these polls, much less actually wins them, just shows how entitled and ignorant the target audience of these polls are.

Never mind that we have companies that viciously kill animals, poison our environments, sell your personal information for profit, buy our governments silence and even kill thousands of people every year. But lord help them all if a company botches their video game launch.

Posted:8 months ago

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Nate Ballantyne QA Manager, Aardman Animations

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@Jim, I agree completely!
Given that The Consumerist's poll includes companies like Sea World, which is under fire after allegations of abuse of the orcas in its care
How does it even get onto the poll in the first place? Surely the previous polls should have be renamed to "The worst game publisher of the year".

Posted:8 months ago

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Istvan Fabian Principal Engineer, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe

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Panem et Circenses - no wonder a video game launch is the bigger concern these days...

Posted:8 months ago

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Andrew Clayton QA Functionality Tester, EA DICE

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I usually have a difficult time communicating this to other people, so forgive me if it doesn't quite make sense. I don't believe that anyone who voted for EA the past three years actually thinks that EA is the worst company in America. EA "beat out" the major banks during the time when at least one was considering charging a monthly fee for debit card use, which was by far more detrimental to its consumers than a poor ending to ME3 or a failed launch of SimCity.

However, take a look at the other companies on the list this year. Almost every single one of those companies would, upon seeing their "victory", simply laugh and ignore the poll as a small subset of misguided consumers who know nothing. And then that company would continue to rake in millions or billions in profits without a care about how the profits affect its customers. Would there be any purpose to awarding TimeWarner or Comcast the championship title when neither company is going to change any of its policies anytime soon?

EA is one of the few companies that the consumers could actually address with this and make an effective change. And changes were made for the better. It may not have been entirely because of this poll, but it definitely played a part. It may be ridiculous and hilarious and an overall complete farse, but if it made a positive change at EA isn't that a good thing?

Posted:8 months ago

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Craig Page Programmer

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LOL, Monsanto is only "the most evil corporation in the world" according to a website poll at Natural News. These are the same people who are afraid of fluoride in water, who don't vaccinate their children against anything, and who believe that silver is an alternative to anti-biotics...

I'm sorry for your loss this year EA, but you can't win them all. I think the problem this year was that underneath all of the bugs and problems with Battlefield 4, there was still a great game. I never played the campaign for more than an hour because of the save bug, but I got a very fun 80 hours out of the multi-player.

Posted:8 months ago

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Peter Dwyer Games Designer/Developer

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@Jim

People vote on what directly affects them at that time. It isn't so much that they are voting on the wrong things as it is a testament to just how under the radar some of these evil corporations are allowed to fly.

Posted:8 months ago

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Paul Jace Merchandiser

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"Despite its cock-up of the Battlefield 4 and Titanfall releases
Battlefield 4? Yes. Titanfall? This is the first I've heard of that. XBL had a minor outage the day it launched but it wasn't attributed to Titanfall and also didn't last very long.

Anyway, congrats to Peter Moore and everyone else at EA for changing things around for the best over the last year. There were still some issues(the Battlefield 4 launch) but no company is perfect and as long as you guys learn from your mistakes it's all good. And also, I agree with everyone else: EA's inclusion in this poll is beyond ridiculous.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Paul Jace on 26th March 2014 12:16am

Posted:8 months ago

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Lewis Brown Snr Sourcer/Recruiter, Electronic Arts

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Nice too see a lot of common sense spoken above. You will often hear EA employees defend EA on here and its not due to any pressure internally, its because sometimes the abuse is simply not deserved. But as with any big corporation there is always room for improvement.

Posted:8 months ago

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