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Company says DRM debacle has little to do with its unpopularity

Each year Consumer Union's The Consumerist site doles out a dubious distinction to one dastardly corporation -- the title of "Worst Company In America".  Last year pro-digital rights management Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA) beat out bailout whipping-boy Bank of America Corp. (BAC) for the crown.

This year BAC and EA emerged yet again as the top two contenders from a field of 30 gleaming prospects.  But when the smoke cleared it was EA who once more received the most votes, via a healthy 78 percent margin.

Perhaps the single defining moment that allowed EA to bring home the gold was its SimCity 5 DRM debacle, which saw thousands of gamers unable to play a game they paid for due to EA's lack of server support for its DRM-scheme.  Aside from the SimCity mess, many take issue with declining quality in titles from the top gamemaker, which saw its financials slide this last year.  

In a recent blog company COO Peter Moore acknowledged that his company was in contention for a second win, but looked to shift the blame, claiming it was a homophobic conspiracy that was driving votes.  He points to players ability to create cross-dressing/transgendered characters in certain titles and gay relationships in other titles as leading to a boycott.  Mr. Moore failed, however, to cite any specific examples of these posts and we were unable to locate any at the time of publication.

EA COO blames homophobes for his company's "worst" win, not his firm's own DRM missteps.
Last year EA released an official statement to Kotaku after the award was handed out. We'll see how they respond this time around.

Sources: The Consumerist, EA

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By Motoman on 4/11/2013 10:24:18 AM , Rating: 2
Nice for Mick to pick up this story a couple days after everyone else in the world.

Might want to start by doing the tiniest bit of research though. The Consumerist hasn't been part of the Gawker network for years. They've been part of Consumer Reports for a long time now.

You might notice that I started posting links on another article 3 days ago on this:

EA has made plenty of missteps, but I think the most horrible are their efforts with DRM - the latest being the ridiculous requirement to have SimCity always be online.

Up yours, EA. Not doing your always-connected thing. It's retarded, and so are you.

RE: Wrong
By Motoman on 4/11/13, Rating: 0
RE: Wrong
By JasonMick on 4/11/2013 10:39:03 AM , Rating: 2
Yikes, it's fixed now, thanks! :)

And thanks for the email tip about EA's "win", Moto!!!

RE: Wrong
By Motoman on 4/11/2013 11:35:23 AM , Rating: 1

And now it appears that the trolls are in here, once again disapproving of my references to reality. Love how people think it makes sense to downrate someone for pointing out an important error in an article.

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