Millions of people have spent countless hours playing video games made by the “worst company in America”—a company with a virtual newsroom that PR Daily highlighted this week
That company is Electronic Arts—makers of the Madden NFL, Mass Effect, Sims and FIFA video game franchises—which the Consumerist blog dubbed
the absolute worst company in America after taking 78 percent of its readers’ votes.
The company was criticized recently after those who purchased Sim City 5 learned that you have to be connected to the Web to play. Its most recent incarnation of Mass Effect was widely panned by gamers, who claimed the company rushed it to market. EA even released an updated version of the game with an “improved” ending.
Another point of criticism is the $60 price tag EA puts on many of its games, combined with the increase of in-game advertisements.
To determine the worst company, the Consumerist pits companies against each other in a March Madness style tournament. EA edged out organizations such as Bank of America, Carnival, Ticketmaster, and multiple cable companies in the vote.
From the Consumerist
“When we live in an era marked by massive oil spills, faulty foreclosures by bad banks, and rampant consolidation in the airline and telecom industry, what does it say about EA’s business practices that so many people have—for the second year in a row—come out to hand it the title of Worst Company In America?”
Last month, in the wake of the disastrous Sim City 5 release, EA’s CEO, John Riccitello, stepped down.