EA has been voted the worst company in America in a poll from The Consumerist. After 250,000 votes were counted, Electronic Arts came out on top, beating Bank of America into second place.
A lot of people, supposedly non-gamers, have reacted badly to the result. Bank of America has effectively destroyed lives, as have all the big banks, while EA has instead tried to squeeze every penny it can from gamers’ pockets. They clearly don’t compare, but The Consumerist argues:
“Readers ultimately decided that the type of greed exhibited by EA, which is supposed to be making the world a more fun place, is worse than Bank of America’s avarice, which some would argue is the entire point of operating a bank.”
“To those who might sneer at something as ‘non-essential’ as a video game company winning the Worst Company In America vote: It’s that exact kind of attitude that allows people to ignore the complaints as companies like EA to nickel and dime consumers to death.”
Which is a good point. But still. EA has responded, with John Reseburg in EA Corporate Communications stating:
“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.”
Well, get you. I’m not sure that condescending attitude is the right one to adopt when so many gamers have just expressed their displeasure at the way you do business, but then I’m sure Reseburg knows how to handle these PR things better than I do. Or perhaps not.