It turns out that EA’s reign of “Worst Company in America” has ended as Time Warner Cable has now claimed the title. The Consumerist, who run the awards, say that EA lost out by a small margin to Time Warner. EA were sitting on 48.8% of the votes, while Time Warner Cable had 51.2% of votes. You can read all the juicy details, right here.
“EA is not an evil empire. They’re a company that have done a great deal for this industry. [But] when corporates buy companies, several things change.”
“When EA bought Bullfrog, they just wanted to make it nicer. They moved us to a nice office, where we couldn’t shoot each other [with BB guns] in the corridors,” Molyneux said. “We had an HR department because that was a nice proper professional thing to do. And that changes the flavor of the company.”
“When any company is acquired, it’s gonna change the company,” Molyneux added. “Sometimes, that change can possibly make the company better. Lots of times it can make it worse.”
Ex Criterion boss Alex Ward has taken to Twitter to complain about both EA and Nintendo. Ward who helped develop the respected port of Need for Speed: Most Wanted Wii U says that neither EA or Nintendo gave the team any support and they were left feeling rather aggrieved. Ward has now started his own indie company, but when asked about if his game would come to Wii U he replied that it’s fairly unlikely.
Peter Moore, the Chief Operating Officer of Electronic Arts, has taken to Twitter to speak out about the article published by CVG. The article had a quote from an anonymous source at the company who said that “Nintendo was dead to us very quickly” after the Wii U. However, CVG still stands by their article and says that the source was a representative from EA.
Don’t trust “anonymous sources”. Nintendo’s a great partner. They never have been, and never will be, ‘dead’ to EA…
CVG has spoken to an EA source that wishes to remain anonymous who has told the publication that “Nintendo was dead to us very quickly.” The source then went on to say that the company felt that the Wii U was becoming a platform for kids IP and that they weren’t interested in bringing future core titles to the struggling platform.
“Nintendo was dead to us very quickly,” one EA source told me when asked about why the publisher fell out with Nintendo so soon after committing to the system.
“It became a kids IP platform and we don’t really make games for kids. That was pretty true across the other labels too. Even the Mass Effect title on Wii U, which was a solid effort, could never do big business, and EA like Activision is only focused on games that can be big franchises”.
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.”