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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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Indie games are the future
By Ammohunt on 4/11/2013 12:05:17 PM , Rating: 2
Indie Developers are kicking ass and taking names companies when coupled with distribution systems like Valve's steam have made otherwise completely obscure games with little or no distribution mechanism become mainstream like the Arma series. To be honest i have bought more indie games via steam in the last 6 months they i have in the 10 years prior. sorry to make this sound like a Steam commercial but Games like Arma II $18, Torchlight II $19, Faster Than Light $5 have got me back into being a regular gamer and systems like this break the monopoly big companies like EA have over our game time.




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