EA CEO Says Winning Worst Company In America Title Was “Wake-Up Call”

EA CEO Says Winning Worst Company In America Title Was “Wake-Up Call”

For two years in row, Consumerist voters have awarded video game publisher Electronic Arts the title of Worst Company In America. Unlike other WCIA champs, EA has publicly responded to news of its wins, but often in a dismissive tone that only made things worse. But new CEO Andrew Wilson is now claiming that the company is listening to angry customers. [More]

EA Ditches Plans For College Football Game After Settling Lawsuit With Former Students

EA Ditches Plans For College Football Game After Settling Lawsuit With Former Students

For several years, reigning two-time Worst Company In America Electronic Arts has been fighting a lawsuit filed by former college athletes that accused the video game publisher, along with the NCAA and a third-party licensing firm, of illegally profiting off the likenesses of student-athletes. Now that it looks like the case could finally go to trial, EA has reached a settlement with the plaintiffs — and has ditched plans to put out a college football game in 2014. [More]

Another Former College Football Player Sues EA For Using Athletes’ Likenesses In Video Games

Another Former College Football Player Sues EA For Using Athletes’ Likenesses In Video Games

In the midst of a right to publicity lawsuit (which is part of a larger antitrust lawsuit) currently underway against video game publisher Electronic Arts, another athlete has lawyers filing a proposed class-action suit claiming that EA’s use of college athletes’ names and likenesses in its games is “blatant and unlawful.” [More]

Comcast won the Worst Company In America title in 2010. EA won back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013.

Worst Company Champs Comcast & EA Team Up To Let You Play Games Through Set-Top Box

Two of the most-reviled companies in America — cable colossus Comcast and gaming Goliath Electronic Arts — appear to be working together, presumably to figure out a way to nickel-and-dime customers and then provide them horrible customer service, via a new gaming system that serves up “console-quality” games through Comcast’s set-top boxes. [More]

EA offering refunds? What? Huh? Where am I?

EA Will Actually Let Customers Request A Refund On Digital Games Purchased Through Origin

Remember five months ago when all those disgruntled Electronic Arts customers were peeved at the launch of SimCity, but barely anyone could get a refund? Of course you remember — it was a smorgasbord of shenanigans and muck-ups, and didn’t go toward easing the sting of EA winning the Worst Company In America tourney for the second year in a row. In what could maybe, possibly indicate that EA has finally learned a little something from those legions of unhappy customers, the company is debuting a new refund program for certain titles purchased from its Origin digital distribution system. [More]

Here we go again...

EA: SimCity Is Coming To Mac (For Real, This Time) Aug. 29

Isn’t it funny how a company like Electronic Arts (our Worst Company In America for two years running, don’t forget!) can say one thing and then do another? Like when it said the Mac version of the newest SimCity would be released on June 11. It wasn’t, but now the company says the long-delayed game will finally arrive in a digital-only version on Aug. 29. [More]

EA Makes Case That It Shouldn’t Be Part Of Lawsuit Over NCAA Games

EA Makes Case That It Shouldn’t Be Part Of Lawsuit Over NCAA Games

Even though reigning, two-time Worst Company In America Electronic Arts is no longer in the video game business with the folks at the NCAA, the once-inseparable couple are both defendants in an antitrust lawsuit brought by former college athletes who allege that NCAA-branded games illegally made money from the players’ likenesses. Now EA is distancing itself even further from NCAA, claiming it was just doing what NCAA told it to do. [More]

New Monopoly Teaches Kids The Importance Of Xbox, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and EA!

This is a real thing that a real company is actually selling, and which some people will purchase.

The folks at Hasbro have never had a problem letting everything from towns to universities to movies to big-name commercial brands slap their names on licensed versions of Monopoly, but a new version of the classic board game is unabashedly all about learning the value of today’s biggest fast food, retail, tech, and entertainment companies — everything a growing child needs to get ahead! [More]

EA Definitely Moving On With NCAA-Less College Football Video Games

EA Definitely Moving On With NCAA-Less College Football Video Games

Two days after the NCAA announced it would not be renewing its football video game partnership with reigning two-time Worst Company In America champ Electronic Arts comes confirmation that the gaming giant will indeed continue to make college football games, but they simply won’t carry the “NCAA” brand. [More]

This will be the last EA game to use the NCAA Football brand.

NCAA: EA Won’t Be Making Our Football Titles Anymore (But It May Continue To Make College Games)

While we know in our heart that winning a second consecutive Worst Company In America title was the most heartbreaking moment for video game publisher Electronic Arts, this news has to come a pretty close second. The NCAA, which had an exclusive arrangement with EA to produce the wildly popular NCAA-branded college football game, has decided it won’t be signing a new contract with EA. However, it doesn’t look like it’s the end for EA’s association with college football. [More]

Darkspore Players Freak Out, Assume EA Has Abandoned Their DRM Servers

Darkspore Players Freak Out, Assume EA Has Abandoned Their DRM Servers

While SimCity got all of the publicity and helped publisher EA win a major award, it’s certainly not the only single-player game out there that requires you to be connected to the publisher’s server all the time. For example, there’s Darkspore, another EA/Maxis title released in 2011 that some gamers still enjoy. Sometimes. [More]

EA Cutting Prices, Eliminating Online Passes For Existing Games

EA Cutting Prices, Eliminating Online Passes For Existing Games

Reigning two-time Worst Company In America Electronic Arts recently announced that its future game releases would not include the much-hated Online Pass program, which charges a fee to owners of used games to access online content, but there were still questions about whether it would keep the program alive for existing games. Now we have an answer. [More]

EA Killing Off Its Much-Hated “Online Pass” Program

EA Killing Off Its Much-Hated “Online Pass” Program

Last month, Consumerist voters chose video game publisher Electronic Arts as the Worst Company In America for the second year in a row. Whether the company listened or not, we have no idea, but it is doing something that will make some gamers happier. [More]

(Paxton Holley)

Help Us, Obi Wan Kenobi: EA Signs Deal With Disney To Publish New Star Wars Games

As a Consumerist reader and tipster puts it, the news that Electronic Arts has signed a deal to develop and publish games based off Star Wars, it’s as if “millions of Star Wars gamer nerds cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced…” That’s a reference to (spoiler alert) the destruction of an entire planet (Alderaan) in Episode IV, for those not in the know. [More]

Get ready to rumble?

While it’s been busy winning our Worst Company In America 2013 (second year in a row!), mucking up game releases and dumping the Wii U, Electronic Arts has made the time to announce the arrival of Sims 4 for Macs and PCs in 2014. Wonder if there will be a required online-always situation or if EA has learned its lesson with SimCity. We won’t hold our breath. [EA Blog]

None for you, Nintedo Wii U.

Despite “Strong Partnership,” EA Says Madden NFL 25 Won’t Be On Nintendo’s Wii U Console

Calm those quivering lips, Wii U users, it’s true, it’s really true: For the first time since 1991, Electronic Arts’ Madden series will sidestep a Nintendo console. The company’s newest offering, Madden NFL 25, won’t be available for the Wii U, but hey guys, don’t worry — the two companies totally still have a “strong partnership.” [More]

Fixing what's broken. Well, most of it.

EA Releasing First Patch For SimCity Today: Mansions For Mayors, Still No Offline Mode

If you’ve been holding your breath for Electronic Arts (our Worst Company In America 2013, everybody!) to update SimCity with an offline mode, well, keep holding it. The company is releasing a patch today at 4:00 p.m. ET with a few new things and a variety of fixes, but that offline mode players have been wishing and hoping for is nowhere in sight. [More]

EA Triples Original Payouts In Settlement Of Football Games Class-Action Suit

EA Triples Original Payouts In Settlement Of Football Games Class-Action Suit

If you bought an EA football game — Madden NFL, NCAA Football, or Arena Football — between 2005 and 2012, here’s some good news. Not only are you due a few bucks thanks to a class-action settlement with the reigning two-time Worst Company In America champ, but the dollar amount of the individual payouts to affected consumers have been tripled. [More]