And The Winner For “Worst Company In America” Is: Electronic Arts!
In what is undoubtedly a rags to riches story of a studio struggling to find its feet in the world, only to acquire Bullfrog, fuck it over and then become a mass conglomerate for all things gaming, Electronic Arts has been voted… wait, what? Really?
Yeah, believe it for not, gaming’s very own Electronic Arts has beat out such (evil mega) corporations as the Bank of America and fucking AT&T as “Worst Company in America” according to some 250,000 consumers.
You would prefer having your money stolen and your networks permanently down, so you could hate on a company that brought us such delights as the Need For Speed series, Mass Effect, Dead Space, Crysis, Battlefield and so much more.
Also: Online Passes. Fuck EA!
The Consumerist had the following to say: “To those who might sneer at something as ‘non-essential’ as a video game company winning the Worst Company In America vote: It’s that exact kind of attitude that allows people to ignore the complaints as companies like EA to nickel and dime consumers to death.”
“Consumerist readers ultimately decided that the type of greed exhibited by EA, which is supposed to be making the world a more fun place, is worse than Bank of America’s avarice, which some would argue is the entirely point of operating a bank.”
EA however, have shrugged off the award entirely.
Corporate communications senior director John Reseburg said: “We’re sure that bank presidents, oil, tobacco, and weapons companies are all relieved they weren’t on the list this year. We’re going to continue making award-winning games and services played by more than 300 million people worldwide.”
You tell ’em, girl!
What, too ghetto?
I have something of a love-hate relationship with EA myself, after they gave us such amazing games as the aforementioned while also attempting to stuff such atrocities as Origin and Online Passes down our throats. All of this said, however, Electronic Arts as a business is probably one of the most successful of current times. Even the recent recession did nothing for their profits, as much as they would tell you otherwise.
Love them or hate them, EA are a very huge part of the reason why gaming is making leaps and strides forward into becoming… that horrible word: mainstream.
But more to the point, EA are the reason gaming will one day be taken seriously. Well, a part of the reason anyway. At least until they jump the shark and start releasing Dead Space FIFA titles or something.
What are your thoughts on EA? Deserving winners of the award, or a further example of American idiocy?
[Spoiler: That was a joke.]