Quick Note: EA Wins Worst Company Award for Second Straight Year
April 11, 2013 6:25 AM
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Company says DRM debacle has little to do with its unpopularity
Each year Consumer Union's
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. (
) beat out bailout whipping-boy Bank of America Corp. (
) 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.
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
after the award was handed out. We'll see how they respond this time around.
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RE: Congrats EA!
4/12/2013 11:03:55 AM
I agree. I will never buy a game or console that requires an online connection to be able to play. I hope more people do the same and vote with their wallets. People who buy into this are just letting the software companies know that they can get away with using such ridiculous restrictions on us. If the companies just forget about all that nonsense and focus on making great games, they will make the money they want.
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