Watchdog website The Consumerist has awarded EA with the dubious honour of 'The Worst Company In America.' A quarter million public votes were counted, and allowed EA to face off against Bank America in the final round of the competition. The publisher ultimately won as voters cited complaints about aggressive post-launch DLC, buggy launch code and their treatment of developers such as Bullfrog.
EA has - somewhat justifiably - shrugged off the award, suggesting that voters probably didn't have their priorities straight.
"We're sure that British Petroleum, AIG, Philip Morris, and Halliburton are all relieved they weren't nominated this year," Communications Officer John Reseburg told Kotaku. "We're going to continue making award-winning games and services played by more than 300 million people worldwide."
He's got a point. Surely any number of banks, oil companies or arms manufacturers/dealers would have been a more relevant choice? Untold misery visited on millions makes the odd optional DLC pack seem a bit trivial, doesn't it?
On the other hand, heh.
UPDATE: PopCap co-founder John Vechey has spoken out to defend EA.
I'm proud to have my studio sit next to DICE, Visceral, Maxis, Tiburon, Black Box, BioWare and more.
It was a bit frustrating to read EA winning, but when I look at the list of companies, I only see one or two others that actually inspire any emotion or passion. Apple. Google maybe. I may rant or complain about DirectTV's atrocious customer service, Comcast's flakey connection speeds, Bank of America's ATM fees, or ticketmaster charges, but do I really care? Naw. No matter how angry I've been at them, I ultimately don't care.