Internet publication The Consumerist, who run a poll to decide who is eligible for America’s Worst Company Award, says that EA may once again be in the running for the award. EA has won for two years running, but have said that they don’t understand why they deserve to receive such an award. Here’s what The Consumerist had to say.
“We haven’t even begun to ask for nominations from readers for the next Worst Company In America tournament, but some are already making the case for once again giving the Golden Poo trophy to reigning two-time WCIA winner Electronic Arts.”
Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry who are the cofounders of Criterion have left the acclaimed studio. Ward said on Twitter that he and Sperry left the studio to ensemble a new video game company. Criterion’s most recent games are Burnout Crash and Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Here’s the statement from EA.
“Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry have decided to leave EA. We appreciate their many contributions through the years and wish them well in their future endeavours.
“The incredibly creative and talented team at Criterion are hard at work on a new project for next-gen consoles as new IP continues to be a major priority across EA. Matt Webster is leading development of the new game and the Criterion studio moving forward. Matt has been part of Criterion for years and has an exciting vision for this new game.”
You can now pick up the definitive edition of Need For Speed: Most Wanted on the Wii U for $13.99 plus $2.50 for shipping from the EA Origin site. Need for Speed: Most Wanted currently has an average review score of 86% on online review aggregation site, Metacritic.
Despite earning the coveted award for Worst Company in America, EA has now been named one of the “Best Places to Work 2014” by the Human Rights Campaign. EA has received a 100 percent rating on the 12th Corporate Equality Index, and was praised by its commitment to employing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. EA is one of 304 businesses to receive a perfect 100 percent rating.
EA Germany has put together a survey asking about gamers gaming habits, but has completely neglected to mention any Nintendo consoles. We already know that EA aren’t big supporters of the Wii U, despite initially putting some games on the platform. It should also be noted that they’ve also failed to mention Sony’s PlayStation Vita.
Andrew Wilson, the new boss of Electronic Arts, has explained to Kotaku that he really doesn’t want the company to be voted the worst in America for the third year running. Wilson doesn’t believe that Electronic Arts were ever really the worst company, but he says that he realises that consumers who buy their products were ultimately trying to tell them something. Whether the company has changed their ways remains to be seen.
“We started thinking about how we don’t want to be viewed as the worst company in America. I personally don’t think we’ve ever been the worst company in America, but it says something. The consumers out there are telling us something. And we actually took it very seriously. This was before Andrew was the CEO. We and [EA chief operating officer] Peter Moore and a couple of other guys in the executive company got together to try to understand what caused people to say these things. And there were some things out there that…consumers told us they didn’t like. online pass was one thing.”
EA has confirmed that both the Wii U and the Wii combined only account for a meagre 1.3 per cent of EA’s software revenues in the last financial quarter. EA stated in their latest financial report that $695 million was earned from combined sales of console, mobile and PC software. The company says that only $9 million came from Wii and Wii U software. EA has already pretty much abandoned Wii U due to poor sales for games in its franchises.
- Handhelds (Nintendo and Sony combined) account for 14 per cent of all EA mobile sales.
- Nintendo handhelds account for 6 per cent of mobile sales, while Sony handhelds account for 8 per cent.
- Despite its emphasis on mobile gaming, EA’s home console game sales still account for $309 million compared to $75 million mobile sales (though production costs are typically much lower on mobile titles, meaning the potential for profit is higher).
- PC software earns EA more money than any other format, accounting for 39.4% of all software sales
EA’s Chief Creative Officer, Richard Hilleman, says that Shigeru Miyamoto has fallen down on the job and has handed over the gauntlet to Steve Jobs and Apple. Hilleman says that children used to learn from video games designed by Shigeru Miyamoto, now they are increasingly turning to smartphones and tablets to get their handheld gaming fixes.
“I thank Miyamoto for that,” he said of the Nintendo designers historical contribution to games. “But he’s falling down on the job. And for the past five years that job has been taken over by a dead guy from Cupertino.”
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Nintendo of Europe issued a press release this morning containing their usual downloads for the coming week, but hidden in the summary of FIFA 14 for the Nintendo 3DS was the inclusion of a major detail. If you were looking to pay the £39.99 price tag, you would find updated kits and squads “but no updates to gameplay or game modes”. The news adds further insult to injury as earlier this year EA confirmed FIFA 14 would not come to Nintendo’s home console the Wii U after disappointing sales of FIFA 13. Plus, FIFA 13 for the Wii came under fire last year for being too similar to FIFA 12. Is it best the latest instalment didn’t make it to the Wii U? You can check out the official description from Nintendo’s press release below.
“FIFA 14 Legacy Edition delivers unmatched authenticity that reflects the current football season with updated kits and rosters but no updates to gameplay or game modes. It features 30 officially licensed leagues, 50 real-world tournaments, and 500 authentic clubs. Play traditional matches or free your game in epic 5-v-5 street matches with 3D effects. Play as a real-world superstar or re-create yourself. Optional touch screen controls deliver pin-point shooting and passing at your finger-tips.”
EA has confirmed in a press statement that it has named Andrew Wilson as the company’s new CEO. Wilson says that he is looking to focus on three main things for the company which are providing a continued transformation for our digital future, delivering amazing games and services across platforms and also instilling a culture of execution that will drive profitable growth. Wilson concluded by saying that he will provide a greater level of operational detail behind the plan that will make these goals a reality.