Jessica Conditt, Joystiq:
EA was voted the “absolute worst company in America” in The Consumerist’s 2012 poll, defeating Bank of America with 64 percent of the vote. EA and Bank of America fought through four bracket rounds against companies such as Sony, Apple, Walmart, PayPal, Comcast, GameStop and others from a wide range of industries to make the final round. The CEOs of both companies must be thrilled.
Better luck next year Zynga.
EA provided Joystiq with a statement on its solid win: “We’re sure that bank presidents, oil, tobacco and weapons companies are all relieved they weren’t on the list this year. We’re going to continue making award-winning games and services played by more than 300 million people worldwide.”
A valid point, but this poll was run by The Consumerist: a subsidiary of Consumer Reports that “empowers consumers by informing and entertaining them about the top consumer issues of the day.” They’re a site that complains about cellular contracts, ATM fees, cable companies, chintzy build quality & being nickel-and-dimed by DLC: not about oil prices, child labor or weapons. This isn’t the UN.
Was this contest a bit tongue-in-cheek? Yes (heck, the award is called “The Golden Poo”), there are obviously far more important (and depressing) problems we could be discussing.
Does that mean this poll of 250,000 votes should be disregarded? I wouldn’t knock it, but apparently executives at EA have built up an immunity to this kind of stuff.
So keep on mud-slinging, handing out refunds for crap, pulling games for being too buggy, gaming the App Store, charging for “new and improved” (aka “updated”) apps, and, most importantly, aspiring to be more like Zynga, EA. Just ignore us. Keep on keeping on.