EA in the running for Consumerist’s Worst Company in America

To perhaps no one’s surprise, Electronic Arts is in the running for Consumerist’s “Worst Company in America” crown. The game publisher has made it to the final round in the March Madness-style tournament, which uses online voting to whittle down a list of 64 widely despised companies. Only two remain: EA and Bank of America. The matchup in this year’s finals is actually a repeat of last year. In 2012, EA won the title with 64% of the vote.

Voting for this year’s final is open until midnight ET, so don’t forget to cast your ballot. Before you do, I encourage you to read this blog post by Peter Moore, EA’s Chief Operating Officer. Moore addresses the Consumerist contest and even shows a hint of contrition:

I’ll be the first to admit that we’ve made plenty of mistakes. These include server shut downs too early, games that didn’t meet expectations, missteps on new pricing models and most recently, severely fumbling the launch of SimCity. We owe gamers better performance than this.

However, the post is mostly dedicating to defending the actions that have EA in the running for back-to-back titles. Moore insists that people have wrongly characterized SimCity‘s always-on Internet requirement as a DRM scheme. But he doesn’t address why the connection is required for the single-player component of the game, and he ignores the fact that gamers were essentially lied to about whether the game simulation was run locally or server-side.

Bizarrely, Moore also claims Origin’s 45 million users prove that there’s room for the service as a competitor to Steam. He doesn’t seem to get that the problem with Origin isn’t its existence, but the fact that some of EA’s games are exclusive to it—at least as far as online services go. I wonder how many of those 45 million users would be on Origin if they had the choice to buy, say, Battlefield 3 on Steam.

The last two bullet points in Moore’s post take the cake. He claims people are voting for EA because they don’t like its choice of cover athlete for Madden NFL. Also, the conservative media is to blame. Moore says “we’re seeing posts on conservative web sites urging people to protest our LGBT policy by voting EA the Worst Company in America.” Yes, EA is on track to repeat as the Worst Company in America because Mass Effect 3 has a gay romance option. Or something.

I have to admit that Moore’s piece has moved me to vote… just probably not how he’d like. EA may not deserve the title of Worst Company in America—plenty of others do far more despicable things—but the firm appears to be completely out of touch with why the gaming community finds its practices so objectionable.

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    • Krogoth
    • 7 years ago

    I think the voting polls was tainted by massive nerd-rage over Mass Effect 3 Ending and Simcity V debacle.

    The executives and upper management at EA aren’t saints, but there are far worse offenders out there.

    I’m surprised that Monsanto isn’t up there on the list. They have done tons of shady stuff and have been pushing hard to not have GMO products be labeled. The major banking conglomerates still continue their questionable business practices. Certain energy companies are cutting corners to make their bottom line larger and the taxpayer/public eats most of the opportunity cost…..

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 7 years ago

      Since I’m neither a sociologist or social psychologist with research behind me this is purely speculative but I think that the average person can’t even begin to comprehend the horrible things done by forces generally out of their control.

      Our society tends to think of itself as consumers (something both partially engineered and as an outcome of the “me culture”) so something like EA’s butchering of Sim City and their desire for always online, and in other areas F2P, seems egregious particularly when much of it is so easily solvable.

    • heinsj24
    • 7 years ago

    EA wins!

    [quote<]When we live in an era marked by massive oil spills, faulty foreclosures by bad banks, and rampant consolidation in the airline and telecom industry, what does it say about EA’s business practices that so many people have — for the second year in a row — come out to hand it the title of Worst Company In America?[/quote<]

    • rwburnham
    • 7 years ago

    My only real issues with EA are that they took their products off of Steam so we would have to use their mediocre and redundant Origin software, and that weird way you have to use a browser to launch Battlefield 3.

    • dpaus
    • 7 years ago

    And the ‘winner’ is: [url=http://consumerist.com/2013/04/08/worst-company-in-america-final-death-match-bank-of-america-vs-ea-part-ii/<][b<]Electronic Arts[/b<][/url<], with almost 78% of the votes cast! Congratulations, morons...

    • Decelerate
    • 7 years ago

    Man, totally digged Peter Moore when he was @ Microsoft with the Halo tattoo and all, and forgot that he moved to be EA’s head honcho.

    Now I see that he’s a total sellout for his company.

    • TAViX
    • 7 years ago

    EA is the worst company in the World not just US. Seriously. They destroyed absolutely ALL games sequels and all games in general. So, where can I vote?

    • Johnny5
    • 7 years ago

    As a Canadian my most hated company is Rogers. **** you, rip-off telecommunications giants!

      • BoBzeBuilder
      • 7 years ago

      Bell is no better. Wind and Mobilicity haven’t been giving them the competition I hoped they would. telecommunication sucks in the north, way overpriced.

      • Black Applesauce
      • 7 years ago

      Preposterous! Canadians can’t hate anything!

    • NovusBogus
    • 7 years ago

    “Obviously it’s not the insane DRM or the DLC gouging or repeatedly throwing paying customers under the bus or killing Westwood and zombifying Maxis or failing to innovate that get us all the bad press. It’s a vast right wing conspiracy!”

    Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah. This dude just demonstrated in a single article why nobody has any respect for Electronic Arts. The real shame of it is once upon a time EA was a very well regarded company, before the MBA cartel showed up circa 1999 and turned it into a strip mine.

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 7 years ago

      Speaking of RWC, it’s pretty obvious we’ve been right all along, especially now that they’re all coming out of the closet. The left wing media has just been complicit in covering up the true agenda, but now that 47% of people are on the dole plus the reelection, they feel safe enough to go full bore. Billions of rounds of ammunition for homeland security, gun control, obamacare, and now your kids officially belong to the “collective”.
      [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3qtpdSQox0[/url<] You have to be completely oblivious to deny what's going down now. [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1ABw6IMKn0&feature=player_embedded[/url<] [quote<]Harris-Perry urges us to “break through” the “private idea” that individuals own themselves. Like Marx, she believes the individual is a “communal being” and all human worth is intractably linked to the community, the collective, and the state is the ultimate manifestation of the collective will. Harris-Perry’s homage to the state was part of a two-year long, multi-million dollar advertising campaign by MSNBC. The network, created through a merger between Microsoft and the death merchant General Electric, has long provided ideological fodder for president Obama, the proud Marxist (as Yuri Maltsev, former advisor to Mikhail Gorbachev, characterized him). “We can go backward, or we can keep moving forward,” he said during a speech at Carnegie Mellon University. “And I don’t know about you, but I want to move forward.” It’s no mistake Obama’s handlers and MSNBC adopted the slogan. The word “forward” has a special meaning in socialist political terminology. It was frequently used as a name for socialist and communist newspapers and periodicals in the 20th century. “The slogan ‘Forward!’ reflected the conviction of European Marxists and radicals that their movements reflected the march of history, which would move forward past capitalism and into socialism and communism,” writes Victor Morton. It seems incomprehensible that a multinational corporation like MSNBC would embrace communism. In fact, as Gary Allen noted, it is quite natural. “If one understands that socialism is not a share-the-wealth program, but is in reality a method to consolidate and control the wealth, then the seeming paradox of superrich men promoting socialism becomes no paradox at all,” he wrote. “Instead it becomes the logical, even the perfect tool of power-seeking megalomaniacs. Communism, or more accurately, socialism, is not a movement of the downtrodden masses, but of the economic elite.”[/quote<] EA claiming that drm or dlc isn't responsible for their reputation is pretty much the same tactic that the democratic party and media have been using to confuse the public into support and submission. "These aren't the droids you're looking for", aka gaslighting. Ah, but they are. They certainly are. FWIW, the term Conspiracy Theorist started being used as a derogatory term by J. Edgar Hoover who denied the existence of organized crime, all while he knew it existed. It's a joke, and the time for denial is over. The communists are either stopped here and now, or we're going to have to accept our new masters.

    • Chelseyg1244
    • 7 years ago
    • alienstorexxx
    • 7 years ago

    i hate more ubisoft

      • Thresher
      • 7 years ago

      As bad as Ubi is, at least they learned their lesson about DRM.

      EA is absolutely unapologetic about hassling paying customers and shaking them down for every freaking dime.

      Honestly, I can’t remember the last EA game I bought. Not because of any boycott on my part, simply that I wasn’t interested in their products. I have bought a couple of games on Origin (the Batman games), but it was such a hassle that I will not be buying any other games on it.

      Steam has built a loyal following because they treat their customers well, at least most of the time.

        • destroy.all.monsters
        • 7 years ago

        I don’t think that UPlay shows that Ubi’s learned at all. They’re like a kid that when he gets punished acts contrite only so long as it means the possibility of a lesser punishment or so they’re not watched like a hawk and goes off and does the same thing as soon as you’re not watching. They’re still terrible – it’s just that at the moment EA is actually worse. It’s definitely a two-horse race though.

    • Krogoth
    • 7 years ago

    Anybody hoping that EA pulls a 1983 Atari?

      • Voldenuit
      • 7 years ago

      Can we bury EA’s execs in the landfill next to the ET cartridges?

        • HisDivineOrder
        • 7 years ago

        Do you mean over by all the piles of Virtual Boys? Or over next to the 3DO’s and Trip Hawkin’s crushed dreams? Perhaps behind the stacks and stacks of nGages? Or under the half-chewed (don’t ask) remains of Sega’s 32X?

    • Helmore
    • 7 years ago

    I simply haven’t bought Battlefield 3 or Mass Effect 3 because they’re not available on Steam and I’m too lazy to do my gaming needs through 2 different and competing services. It’s not that I think Origin is bad, I haven’t even tried it. It’s that I’m already invested in the Steam platform and I’m not interested in running both Origin and Steam at the same time.

    As for if EA is really that bad? I don’t think so. There are definitely worse companies out there.

    • Wildchild
    • 7 years ago

    To the people complaining,

    Please keep in mind that this is an INTERNET poll and that this poll doesn’t really affect the companies at all. EA won last year and they still churned out SimCity, after all.

    • BIF
    • 7 years ago

    Bank of America did not by itself cause the economic downturn. Lax lending policies were set forth and enforced by the Congress and then-President Clinton. The banks had to follow the law.

    Therefore, EA for the um.. “win”.

      • FakeAlGore
      • 7 years ago

      While that’s certainly a part of what caused the economic crisis, it is only a small part of it. See [url=http://www.factcheck.org/2008/10/who-caused-the-economic-crisis/<]here[/url<] for a semi-decent analysis (the section labeled "The Real Deal" is a nice TL;DR).

    • willmore
    • 7 years ago

    Good summary in comic form:
    [url<]http://www.virtualshackles.com/400[/url<]

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 7 years ago

    EA is a company that is out of touch. And strangely I not upset and Riccitello about what EA is doing. He isn’t the one mandating half the shenanigans going on, the board is. They are driving the EA ship into the ground just like HP’s has. He wasn’t driven out buy us consumers but by them. He didn’t get excited to plop DRM in every game they made, the board did. He was a passionate gamer who helped build that company back when they deserved respect.

    • Voldenuit
    • 7 years ago

    Always On-Line Xbox not enough to indict Microsoft? Dangit Adam Orth, you had ONE job!

      • HisDivineOrder
      • 7 years ago

      Microsoft has done so many things that remembering them all blew our minds and made people forget them as an option.

      I mean, if anything, RROD should have been enough to indict Microsoft. (That should have been hall of fame worthy at least.) Or perhaps the abandoning of the PC gaming platform? No Halo port beyond Halo 2? (Halo 2 requires Vista? Really, MS? REALLY?) White consoles? Big Duke controllers so big they can blot out the RROD. (“Then we will DDE in the shade.”)

      Microsoft Golf. Microsoft Flight Simulator. Age of Empires. Links. Mechwarrior.

      Remember when they tried to charge for Gaming for Windows Live as a subscription? Or what about the whole as soon as the 360 shows up MS forgets the original Xbox exists? (Games just dried up two months ahead of the 360. Compare to Sony’s support of the PS1 after PS2 and PS2 after PS3.) Or what about charging for online as a subscription at all? Charging to use Netflix on top of the fee we already pay for Netflix? Making gamers buy NEW proprietary cables after the old ones we had for Xbox were made incompatible? Power cables for the original Xbox that caused it to catch on fire! Buying a hard drive in a proprietary shell so they could mark the thing up 2x or 3x the actual value? Proprietary memory cards, proprietary wireless tech…

      Ensemble. FASA. Digital Anvil.

      Rare reduced to Kinectware maker. Bungie driven into the oily, sticky arms of Activision.

      Metro. Windows RT, 8. Windows Phone 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 7.8, 8. Kin. Zune. Zune HD. Play4Sure. Zune Marketplace. Surface’s power plug and its magnets. Windows ME. Windows Vista. Microsoft Bob. Hotmail. Bing. Throwing money at Facebook. Patent trolling via proxy patent trolls along with Apple.

      IE6? IE6. IE6! IE6…

      Steve Ballmer. Sinofsky. Allard. Peter Moore. Tattoos of games on people. Gritty spacey sci-fi shooters with women that talk at you with onscreen icons like virtual OnStar because gamers are suddenly all ADHD kids with the attention spans of–SQUIRREL! Oh wait, no, that’s just CLIPPY!

      That horrifying photo of Bill Gates having an orgasm over some PC’s that once seen can never, ever, EVER be unseen.

        • Mr. Eco
        • 7 years ago

        Extensive list, it hurts me to read it all. You missed the last month hero: Adam Oath, works for Microsoft, employee of the month for Sony.

        • jihadjoe
        • 7 years ago

        You left out Microsoft Bob and Windows ME.

    • willyolio
    • 7 years ago

    as bad as EA is, i don’t think they helped cause a recession…

    • Game_boy
    • 7 years ago

    How can they be the worst company when gamers keep buying their games? EA does not have to satisfy the tiny, outspoken, hardcore demographic that frequents message forums.

    Don’t like EA? Don’t buy, and stop complaining.

      • superjawes
      • 7 years ago

      Not to downplay the terrible terribleness that is domestic violence, but in this case, comparing EA to an abusive partner is pretty accurate. The SimCity ordeal wasn’t a matter of installing extra, malicious software, and it wasn’t just a bad game that they convinced people to buy.

      SimCity was broken, dysfunctional, and unplayable by the most loyal customers. It’s easy to sit on the outside, shake your head, and wonder, “how can they keep going back to EA?” but truth isn’t so simple.

      • Sargent Duck
      • 7 years ago

      Last game I bought from EA was Command and Conquer Red Alert 3 (2009). After that steaming pile of filth, I haven’t purchased an EA game since.

    • Khali
    • 7 years ago

    While EA is on my list of companies to avoid I voted for BofA. BofA is run by a bunch of criminals that bought their way out of trouble with campaign contributions. Whats not to hate about a company that would foreclose on people serving in the military while stationed over seas even though its illegal to do so? Then the crooked politicians let them get away with it over and over again.

    • albundy
    • 7 years ago

    FINAL DEATH MATCH
    EA vs. Bank of America

    I chose BOA. They ruined our nation’s economy and so many lives, then used our tax money to bail themselves out, then patted themselves on the back for being able to get away with it, then gave themselves large bonuses for a job well done. If these POS did this in another country (China comes to mind), they would have been decimated in public. EA, on the other hand, is the diet coke of evil. Just 1 calorie, not evil enough.

      • cynan
      • 7 years ago

      Right with you, except for the part about China. The only way any company would likely be allowed to become that large and influential in a country like China is if it had mad government connections and sanctions, which you know, kind of precludes the whole public decimation thing do to special treatment.

      Corruption is catholic.

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]They ruined our nation's economy and so many lives, then used our tax money to bail themselves out, then patted themselves on the back for being able to get away with it, then gave themselves large bonuses for a job well done.[/quote<] This was an orchestrated effort by the whole financial sector. Crediting BoA for the whole thing is completely unfair to such hard-working companies like Citibank, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers (R.I.P.)...

        • HisDivineOrder
        • 7 years ago

        Yes, but those other companies aren’t options to be worst company in america.

          • Spunjji
          • 7 years ago

          Somehow…

    • Vivaldi
    • 7 years ago

    First off this poll is just… ridiculous.

    Trying to compare a bank that wreaks havoc on an entire economy, that messes with citizen’s financial security, economic viability, and mental health to a *video game company* that abuses it’s customers, is just comedy. Laughable. Deplorable.

    That said,

    The only thing that really impacts a malicious behemoth like EA, is to vote with your wallet. Period.

    You can do polls, you can rant on forums, you can send nasty emails. You can even get (deliberately) out-of-touch “business executives” to pay lip-service to an online poll.

    Guess what: It doesn’t matter. It won’t ever matter. One look at the NASDAQ YTD report tells me Moore and his cronies are laughing all the way to the bank (of America).

    Forgive me if I start to sound all Stallman on everyone, but if the game is caustic and an affront to user freedom(s), then stop supporting them. That means:

    Stop buying games at launch. Stock up on Humble Bundles and Steam Sales when they occur.
    Stop buying games that retail for $60, then “encouraging” you to pay absurd microtransactions for “additional content”. You paid *sixty* dollars. At that price, I’m fairly certain you deserve all the DLC’s.

    Finally, educate your friends. Educate your children.

    The high-end, blockbuster gaming landscape didn’t always look as dreary as it does now. It doesn’t need to stay this way.

    • deathBOB
    • 7 years ago

    Gee, I’m glad we’re taking attention from companies that actually affect people’s lives with their bad acts to appease some whiny gamers.

      • brute
      • 7 years ago

      YOU DONT EVEN GET IT MAN

      AS A NECKBEARD OBESE VIRGIN, THESE GAMES ARE MY LIFE. THEY ARE RUINING MY LIFE

    • druidcent
    • 7 years ago

    I had to go with BofA for the hell they put me through on our mortgage 😛

    First they didn’t pay the appraiser, so he sat on our appraisal for a week until he got paid.. then their underwriter disappeared and they didn’t tell us.

    Then they couldn’t understand a wire transfer, and needed a billion documents to prove that the money that was deposited was actually our money… and the icing was their process took so freaking long that the original documents that were submitted were too old by the time final approval came around, so they needed new copies of documents that weren’t easily available!! (W-2s from my wife’s old company on the weekend, for example)…

    We nearly lost the house because of them (after having moved out of our apartment)

    Yeah.. BofA beats EA hands down for me…

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 7 years ago

      BofA ruins people’s lives – EA just ruins gaming. Several magnitudes of difference there I agree.

        • jessterman21
        • 7 years ago

        I don’t know – I work for a (much smaller) bank, and so many of those issues are the fault of the local office versus the big-decision-makers. The management at local offices are often hired because of seniority and given minimal management training.

        On the other hand, EA’s big-decision-makers are the ones ruining it for the common gamer. It amazes me the statement about the 45M users on Origin – I guarantee none of these services would have made it a year if they didn’t have exclusive high-profile games. I’m one of the 45M, and I would much rather play BF3, ME3, and Crysis 3 on Steam!

          • Noigel
          • 7 years ago

          Full disclosure, I work at a (smaller) bank too and I politely disagree with your statement.

          [quote<]...so many of those issues are the fault of the local office versus the big-decision-makers[/quote<] You can't absolve the big-decision-makers entirely by blaming the local offices for making constant, critical mistakes. If the enterprise as a whole isn't moving to correct these chronic problems then the decision makers are largely at fault. This may mean 1) lack of notice or outright denial that a problem exists, 2) lack of measurement and analysis, 3) inability or resistance to improve processes or 4) that the decision-makers are hesitant to clean house. 1) sometimes execs get comfortable being execs and lose perspective... they aren't willing to dive down into details and get their hands dirty in providing solutions, or worse they attribute wrong things as being the problem without having to provide proof. Resources get spent fixing the wrong things. 2) finding actual faults requires measurement and analysis, if they aren't done, you get guesses and/or misdirection. 3) many enterprises don't like spending tangible money to improve processes... and they don't understand that they are really bleeding to death because of it. It's hard to put a "tangible" cost penalty to being ineffective... and it's easier to sweep under the rug... they let bad processes fester all the while losing losing customers, losing their best talent who get frustrated and leave, and losing the morale of employees who remain... so long as they don't have to answer for and be seen visibly spending big bucks on fixing a huge problem. 4) Businesses and departments, HR in particular, are scared of lawsuits and the "firing problem" has different severity from State to State (can't speak for outside of the U.S.). The truth is that if employees can't be reformed / properly trained to do the job required than they need to be let go and better employees hired. If not, poor employees will continue to negatively impact the enterprise and be a drain instead of improving and promoting it. That's just my take on it... difficult to blame the hands when the brain guides them.

        • Noigel
        • 7 years ago

        This should have been the stance in Peter Moore’s blog post! I would have loved to hear him smear Bank of America publicly just to minimize EA’s failures. Then I would have picked my jaw up off the floor…

          • destroy.all.monsters
          • 7 years ago

          Who knows where companies like EA get their funding. I agree it would have been a moment though. : )

          Corporations sure seem to like to circle the wagons.

      • phileasfogg
      • 7 years ago

      I agree whole-heartedly. I walked away from BofA in 1990 and vowed never to return. I’ve been true to my word.

        • lilbuddhaman
        • 7 years ago

        Yah I did that too…then my mortgage got bought by BofA and I’ve been stuck with them since.

      • adam1378
      • 7 years ago

      I totally agree. I can ignore EA if I needed to but BofA was messing with my life. I was Robo-forclosed on by them and now I am going to get paid through a class action lawsuit with the State of Michigan. I never had a choice either because Countrywide sold my mortgage to BofA. The two worst mortgage companies. I had to go through bankruptcy after it all. Stupid BofA

    • destroy.all.monsters
    • 7 years ago

    Is EA actually worse than Bank of America or ATT? No.

    They are actively undermining and destroying gaming in a way where only Ubi is. With the absolutely earned hate train they’ve got going from the Sims to Origin to butchering Syndicate, knifing Westwood, Moore’s utterly disingenuous press release, to the endless and lazily developed franchise games there’s a whole lot of reasons to despise them.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 7 years ago

    I’m Canadian, so the only company I’ve had any dealings with is EA. So they got my vote. I’ve heard the horror stories of the others, but they’ve never affected me the way EA has.

    (I’ll never forgive them for what they did to my favorite series, Command and Conquer)

      • internetsandman
      • 7 years ago

      I’d vote BOA out of sympathy for our American friends (im canadian too), you don’t gotta look very far to see someone who they’ve metaphorically shafted. EA sucks, but it only poisons one industry, not an entire economy

    • Chrispy_
    • 7 years ago

    I have a couple of friends who worked for EA in the past. They were highly obnoxious and antisocial as an employer, too.

    • homerdog
    • 7 years ago

    They are probably on the list because they have some good developers making good games, and they know it, so they saddle the games with Origin exclusivity and whack DRM because [strike]those suckers[/strike] their customers will buy it anyway.

    [strike]am I not doing this right?[/strike]

      • UberGerbil
      • 7 years ago

      Indeed you are not. [s<]Indeed[/s<] (Ever notice that little "Formatting tips" link down below the reply textarea? The one tag in there that isn't obvious is probably the one you want.)

        • homerdog
        • 7 years ago

        [s<]Thanks![/s<]

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      Just use the single letter ‘s’ instead of the entire word ‘strike’

      Unless you’re a digital baseball umpire…. or a computer-based labor organizer… or a computerized cobra…. or…

      [strike] – [/strike] 🙂

    • Omniman
    • 7 years ago

    I’ve despised EA since they took Earth and Beyond servers down to use for the SIms Online. Although, sadly I do buy some of the games they make.

      • LoneWolf15
      • 7 years ago

      Then, sadly, you’re part of the problem.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 7 years ago

    FINALLY EA could be number 1!

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 years ago

      …again. Derp.

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      I read your post too quickly and got

      > EA takes being worst all the way to 11 !

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    First place as worst company for the second time in a row. Go EA!

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 years ago

      You missed a word – “away”. As in “Go away, EA!”

      • lckbrend
      • 7 years ago

      I bought 1 EA Game Mecrcenaries 2 (world in flame) PC game in Singapore after returning home happily open and install the game to find out that the EA server is no longer available and I cannot play online. I am very very very angry. I swear that EA Game if never refund me or allow me to exchange for other game I will never buy an EA Game again, This is cheating the customer. No server? My old warcraft PC GAME battlenet still had server and I can played DOTA 5vs5.

      I will vote for you as worst company too. I had bought numerous original game and I had never been so angry.

    • brute
    • 7 years ago

    worst company?

    looks like they stay in business by providing value to their customers, who willingly spend the money they have on EA’s products.

    the worst company is the company that doesn’t sell a single thing.

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      I bet you didn’t know that in the U.S., the Federal Government is #1 in collecting federal taxes!! 330 million happy customers and counting!

      EDIT: sorry, 297 million – apparently, the top 1% just don’t pay any taxes….

        • brute
        • 7 years ago

        do you not see the difference between being forced to give up your money, and giving it up freely in exchange for goods or services?

        you won’t go to jail if you refuse to buy anytihng from EA

          • Liron
          • 7 years ago

          Will you go to jail in the US if you refuse to use any national infrastructure/services and go live in the mountains, sleeping in trees and hunting squirrels?

            • kamikaziechameleon
            • 7 years ago

            You cannot own property w/o paying taxes FYI for either the acquisition of the property or upkeep in the case of real estate.

          • kamikaziechameleon
          • 7 years ago

          You are right. They don’t force people to buy anything. Consumers of entertainment are horrible about voting with their dollars though its why so many miserable business practices persist. The feed on emotions and that defies logic.

      • Sargent Duck
      • 7 years ago

      A company that doesn’t sell anything goes bankrupt and ceases to become a company. Thus they no longer exist.

      This ranking is for companies that DO exist.

        • brute
        • 7 years ago

        and, therefore, DECENT companies. that EA has repeat customers speaks volumes. id argue that the worst somewhat sustainable company has no repeat customers – like a funeral home or suicide doctor.

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 7 years ago

      A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

      • thermistor
      • 7 years ago

      Terrible companies stay in business due to product exclusivity, high barriers to entry, “exclusives”, patent protection, oligopoly, etc. And plenty of co’s that sell a lot also go out of business due to things that have nothing to do with price/quality/delivery of the product.

      I’ve worked for co’s where I was surprised we ever stayed in business. Yet customers kept coming back for our overpriced, technically inferior crap, that they’d have to wait forever to receive.

        • Wildchild
        • 7 years ago

        Did you work for Apple by any chance?

      • LoneWolf15
      • 7 years ago

      That’s a shareholder definition, not a customer one.

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