The Consumerists annual ‘Worst Company in America’ poll has come to a close with various different companies battling it out to be crowned the worst company in the United States, from the word ‘go’ we all had one particular company in mind after winning the title last time around: EA Games.
The results are in and it was an epic battle between The Bank of America and EA Games, but with almost 78% of the final vote EA Games was ‘awarded’ the Golden Poo Award for being the Worst Company in America, not only that, they also grab the accolade for being the first company in the poll’s 8 year history to get it twice, not only that, but twice in a row! This begs the question though.. Why?
Well perhaps it had something to do with the epic failure that was (or wasn’t) the Sim City launch? Or perhaps people still have a bee in their bonnet over the various acquisitions and closures that EA have been responsible for?
EA Games COO Peter Moore wrote in the following blog post titled “We Can Do Better” as the ‘victory’ loomed:
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.
He also went on to defend some of the complaints that people have made which he believes are part of the reason why they won such a title for the second year in a row saying that they “just don’t hold water”. You can read that blog post here.
This victory, and the initial inclusion of EA Games in the Worst Company in America poll sparked a debate between some people with one side slating that “video games don’t belong in the poll” and “gaming isn’t that big of a deal” but clearly with a video game publisher winning “Worst Company in America” it’s clear that video games do matter and play a bigger part in society than people originally thought.
[Source: The Consumerist]