You probably don't want to repeat as winner of the "Golden Poo" award but unfortunately, mega game publisher Electronic Arts has done just that.

For the second straight year, The Consumerist has awarded EA their dubious honor of "Worst Company in America." EA took down Bank of America in the final round this year, easily winning with 77.5% of the votes.

To reach that final round, EA had to get past Facebook, Ticketmaster, AT&T and AB InBev, while Bank of America "defeated" Capital One, Wal-Mart, Comcast and Chase.  EA knocked out Bank of America in the 2013 final round with 77.5 percent of the votes, which is basically a landslide. These two met in the finals in 2012, too, and the results were the same. The Consumerist says EA has failed at three "core requirements" of maintaining a consumer-friendly business: Provide a product that people want and like, sell your product at a reasonable price, and support the products you sell.

EA has already responded to this, as COO Peter Moore wrote in an official blog post that his company can do better . Well, a new generation is right around the corner, so you can redeem yourselves there.

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WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

They better get their act together for the next generation, they started out bad this gen, then got better, then fell in the crapper.

Microtransactions aren't going to help them here.

Kryten1029a
Kryten1029a
8 years ago

EA could do better but they won't. The entire "We Can Do Better" blog post was just Peter Moore excusing mistakes and burning straw men. From claiming that Simcity's always-on requirement wasn't DRM to offering up how much gamers love microtransactions, he didn't make a single point that anyone who's paid attention couldn't bat down.
His big claim was that EA's competetiveness in the Worst Company race was down to people upset over the Madden cover and conservative websites and blogs attacking them for their LGBT policies. The Consumerist put the lie to that last claim when they said that they hadn't seen any organized traffic from political sources-conservative or otherwise.
EA either knew or strongly suspected that they would win again and took measures to minimize the damage. After all, any news outlet or website reporting the win will have to reference his statement and a number of them have swallowed his "conservatives are mad about teh gayz" claim hook, line and sinker.

Simcoe
Simcoe
8 years ago

"…how much gamers love microtransactions"
I think the logic in that statement is as follows:
Mobile phone apps are popular, these apps use microtransations, therefore microtransactions are popular!

EddPm6
EddPm6
8 years ago

How can this be? What is the actual criteria for this "award"? Was Party City even considered?

Akuma_
Akuma_
8 years ago

They are like Seagulls.

They fly around everywhere, occasionally land somewhere, shit all over everything, then fly away.

EddPm6
EddPm6
8 years ago

I think the criteria should have taken into account how the employees are treated. I bet you any employee from any other company, even Mcds, is happier than an employee from Party City. With that factored in Party City group would win this award every year before the competition even starts.

Axe99
Axe99
8 years ago

This seems a bit sensationalist – I'd wager there are companies who've done far more harm to the people of the US than EA. Not defending EA here, but they're hardly Exxon Mobil or BHP.

kokoro
kokoro
8 years ago

What exactly have they done to earn this title? I don't know anything about this company so an explanation would be very useful.

Kryten1029a
Kryten1029a
8 years ago

That's a complicated subject, but Consumerist.com sums it up pretty well. Do a search for articles on the site and you'll learn a great deal.

booze925
booze925
8 years ago

So a videogame company beat out companies like Bank of America, whom which are single handedly screwing up peoples life savings?
Man, out priorities are jacked up.

Simcoe
Simcoe
8 years ago

While I'm sure the severity of being screwed over by Bank of America is far worse, that is only one vote. EA just screwed over more people (albeit to a lesser degree). Plus I'm not sure if The Consumerist limited votes to American's only, BoA means very little to those outside the US, where many people have dealt with EA.

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
8 years ago

Congrats 🙂 EA should be so proud. Hope they got a nice shiney trophy for this too…lol

JROD0823
JROD0823
8 years ago

The trophy is a highly shined piece of poo (choose the species it came from yourself) shaped like EA's company logo.

Dukemz_UK
Dukemz_UK
8 years ago

It would be interesting to analyze an AGE-PROFILE of the voters. Likely to be mainly post pubescent gaming teens who have the time to vote on these awards. While EA do in fact suck (microtransactions, Mass Effect 3 endings fiasco, Dead Space franchise death), there are more important company screw ups out there than EA.


Last edited by Dukemz_UK on 4/10/2013 3:10:40 AM

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
8 years ago

Dude, really?
Because they have online pass and microtransaction?

___________
___________
8 years ago

wonder how many times this has to happen before EA starts smelling the coffee?
maybe if they stopped treating their fans like morons, supported their games properly, and stopped creating new IPs and putting well known franchise names on them for the sake of sales, they would not be in this position!
so there ya go pete, enjoy your golden poo!
you earned it!

JROD0823
JROD0823
8 years ago

I still think that Activision deserves an honorable mention every time EA's transgressions are mentioned, because Activision is nearly every bit as bad as EA in most categories, and much, much worse in a few others.

Bobby Kotick alone makes Activision a terrible company.