EA’s angry about being semi-finalists in ‘Worst Company in America’ poll

EA’s Chief Operating Officer, Peter Moore, blasted the reasons for being semi-finalists in an annual web poll for ‘Worst Company in America’. In the EA blog he started by saying, “The tallest trees catch the most wind” before going on to point out how stupid that EA won the title last year. Moore writes, “This is the same poll that last year judged us as worse than companies responsible for the biggest oil spill in history, the mortgage crisis, and bank bailouts that cost millions of taxpayer dollars” he continued, “The complaints against us last year were our support of SOPA (not true), and that they didn’t like the ending to Mass Effect 3”.

Maybe EA didn’t deserve to be the worst company in America and Moore explains that the reason they get so many votes it that it’s a web poll and that most of its audience “live on the internet”. Moore reiterates his defence for EA, “Are we really the worst company in America” and goes on to show recognition that EA have made some mistakes, “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.”

Moore didn’t leave it at that and outlined some reasons that people might have voted for EA that “just don’t hold water”.

  • Many continue to claim the Always-On function in SimCity is a DRM scheme.  It’s not, people still want to argue about it.  We can’t be any clearer – it’s not. Period.
  • Some claim there’s no room for Origin as a competitor to Steam.  45 million registered users are proving that wrong.
  • Some people think that free-to-play games and micro-transactions are a pox on gaming.  Tens of millions more are playing and loving those games.
  • We’ve seen mailing lists that direct people to vote for EA because they disagree with the choice of the cover athlete on Madden NFL. yes, really…
  • In the past year, we have received thousands of emails and postcards protesting against EA for allowing players to create LGBT characters in our games.  This week, we’re seeing posts on conservative web sites urging people to protest our LGBT policy by voting EA the Worst Company in America.

Moore ended by claiming that EA is always trying to fix their mistakes, “So here’s my response to this poll: We can do better.  We will do better.  But I am damn proud of this company, the people around the globe who work at EA, the games we create and the people that play them.”

Moore might have a point about ‘Worst Company in America’ poll, when companies around them are doing things that actually affect people’s lives. EA might be “catching wind” because of its size and people might have a case for ‘Worst Gaming Company’ but ‘Worst Company in America’ seems a little harsh.

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