For the second year in a row, EA has made the semifinal list for the ‘worst company in America’, courtesy of an annual web poll by The Consumerist. Electronic Arts has brought Nintendo a whole host of games, including FIFA, Need for Speed and, most recently, Mass Effect 3 for Wii U, but are they really the ‘worst company in America’? Well, a lot of people seem to think so.
Last year, EA was crowned champion followed closely by Bank of America, so it’s no surprise that EA is facing a stand-off once again for the trophy. But this year, it appears we’re seeing deja-vu; Bank of America is again in the semifinals trying to see off Comcast, while Ticketmaster is throwing down the gauntlet against EA. It begs the question whether we will be seeing the exact same result as 2012.
In a statement by EA’s chief operating officer Peter Moore he said simply, “we can do better”, He defended the company by using an illustrious metaphor, “the tallest trees catch the most wind”, but when your trees are constantly being felled, isn’t it high time you ought to be planting more?
Continuing on behalf of EA, he said: “Are we really the “Worst Company in America?” 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.”
We’re breathing a sigh of relief that the Nintendo/EA merger really was just a joke. Do you think EA should be hailed the worst company in America?