Worst Company In America Round 1: EA Vs. Anheuser-Busch InBev

Worst Company In America Round 1: EA Vs. Anheuser-Busch InBev


It’s Monday afternoon, so what better way to commemorate the joy of being back to work than with a WCIA battle between two companies intent on ruining your good times. [More]

Getting out of the city.

EA Didn’t Give Me A SimCity Refund, But Agreed To Switch It For A Game I Can Actually Play

Yesterday Electronic Arts offered up a list of freebie games for disgruntled SimCity customers (and oh yeah, its CEO announced his resignation), but from what Consumerist readers are saying, the options are at best “meh” and at worst, laughable. Reader L. hadn’t had much success playing SimCity but realized his chances of getting a refund were more than slim. [More]

EA is the reigning Worst Company In America title holder.

EA CEO To Step Down

Just hours after finding out his company was set to make another run at Worst Company In America, Electronic Arts has announced that CEO John Riccitiello has resigned. [More]

Time for olive branches.

EA Unveils List Of 8 Free Games It’s Offering To Disgruntled SimCity Customers

UPDATE: Electronic Arts has announced that CEO John Riccitiello is stepping down. His last day on the job will be March 30. Maybe he didn’t want to have to accept another Golden Poo? [More]

This city should've been built on rock 'n roll.

EA Disabling User Accounts Because It Thinks Any Contact With Amazon Must Be A Refund Request

UPDATE: Electronic Arts has announced that CEO John Riccitiello is stepping down. His last day on the job will be March 30. Interesting timing, eh? [More]

EA says you just don't yet see the beauty of always-connected games.

EA Insists SimCity Must Be Connected To Servers, Gamer Figures Out How To Run It Offline

For the swarms of angry EA customers ticked off at the company for forcing players to play the new SimCity in an always online mode, the slow, problem-riddled servers have been a huge annoyance. Calls for EA (our Worst Company In America 2012) and Maxis to allow gamers to play in offline mode have been dismissed by the company as not possible, but lo and behold, one game modder is claiming it is quite possible. [More]

Amazon Pulls SimCity 5 Downloads Amid Furor Over Constant Crashing & Slow Servers

Probably not a good sign.

Remember that whole outrage over SimCity 5? Yeah, it hasn’t gone away since this morning, when the powers that be at EA and Maxis said they were trying their very best to get more servers up and running. A few things have changed today, but the complaints keep rolling in on Consumerist’s tip line as well as all over social media. Amazon has subsequently suspended the game’s availability for digital download as well. [More]

We built this city on -- wait, I can't build a thing.

Here’s Why The Launch Of SimCity 5 Ticked A Lot Of People Off This Week

On Tuesday, EA released the highly anticipated newest iteration of SimCity, a game that fans have been waiting years for, eagerly counting down the days until they could flex their god-like creation muscles and craft fresh societies as they see fit. Except SimCity 5 can’t be played offline, unleashing a torrent of complaints about crashing games and slow and wholly unavailable servers. Consumerist’s Worst Company In America 2012, everybody. [More]

Between the game and all its add-ons players of EA's Mass Effect 3 could have spent hundreds of dollars.

EA Backtracks A Bit On The Whole “Microtransactions In Every Game” Thing

A good part of the reason that Electronic Arts is the reigning Worst Company In America is the video game publisher’s increasing use of nickel-and-diming customers through microtransactions. The company took a lot of heat recently when the CFO declared that all its games would feature these in-game purchases for a wide range of add-ons, but now he’s is saying that’s not exactly what he meant to express. [More]

EA is the reigning Worst Company In America title holder.

EA Customer Service Head On Improving Relations: We’ve Got A Ways To Go

Winning Consumerist’s title of “Worst Company Of The Year” is likely the kind of award that stings, as Electronic Arts found out last April. In light of its reputation for awful customer service, the company says it’s really working hard to turn all those frowns upside down. And thought it might not seem like it, EA’s customer service head says things are going to change for the better in how the company handles its customers’ issues. It’s all part of a three-year plan. [More]

EA Sues Zynga Over Facebook Game That Also Has Simulated People Doing Everyday Things

EA Sues Zynga Over Facebook Game That Also Has Simulated People Doing Everyday Things

There’s a fight brewing in social media gaming land: Electronic Arts is steamed at Zynga over its new “The Ville” game, which EA claims is a total ripoff of “The Sims Social,” both games that are played on Facebook. EA is suing, claiming The Ville is an “unmistakable” copy of The Sims Social. Both do have characters that are you know, people, who do things like build homes and put fancy virtual stuff in them. [More]

EA Settles Price-Fixing Lawsuit But Apparently Still Has Madden Monopoly On NFL Games

EA Settles Price-Fixing Lawsuit But Apparently Still Has Madden Monopoly On NFL Games

Electronic Arts (aka our Worst Company In America winner) has settled a lawsuit alleging that it was overcharging for some of its most popular sports titles, including Madden NFL as well as NCAA Football and Arena Football games. But while the settlement restricts EA’s ability to sign exclusive deals with the NCAA and Arena Football, it appears its Madden Monopoly on NFL titles will march on intact. [More]

EA Trying Hard To Lose Customer Over A Few Bucks

EA Trying Hard To Lose Customer Over A Few Bucks

If you’re not really a fan of electronic games, it might not be clear to you why EA took the top poo in this year’s Worst Company in America Tournament. Maybe Alex’s experience can serve as an illustration. There was no huge amount of money involved, and his problem with EA didn’t affect his day-to-day life. But the utter lack of response from EA to a real and easily solved problem makes even a loyal customer like Alex feel that they don’t matter. [More]

The Day After Winning Worst Company Crown, EA Does Something Nice For Mass Effect Fans

The Day After Winning Worst Company Crown, EA Does Something Nice For Mass Effect Fans

As much as we’d love to think that yesterday’s victory by Electronic Arts in the Worst Company In America tournament pushed them to do something nice, we have a feeling that it’s just a coincidence that the video game publisher has announced it will release some downloadable content — for free! — to appease angry Mass Effect 3 players. [More]

EA Responds To Worst Company Win By Name-Dropping Past Worst Company Winners

EA Responds To Worst Company Win By Name-Dropping Past Worst Company Winners

Usually when we announce the winner of the annual Worst Company In America tournament, the victor chooses to quietly reflect on their triumph rather than make a public comment. But not this year’s champ, Electronic Arts, which has responded to being voted the WCIA winner by hinting that it’s not as bad as other companies. [More]

The Voters Have Spoken: EA Is Your Worst Company In America For 2012!

The Voters Have Spoken: EA Is Your Worst Company In America For 2012!

Whether it’s on a console, a PC, a smartphone or tablet, hundreds of millions of people play video games every day. Yet most mainstream media covers the industry the same way it treats adult dodge ball leagues and cat fashion shows (both noble ventures, but neither of them multi-billion dollar industries). And the only time you hear legislators discuss video games is when some politician decries them as the death knell for all things righteous in the world (hint: they’re not). Now, after years of being ignored and relegated to steerage, game-players have voted to send a message to Electronic Arts and the gaming business as a whole: Stop treating your loyal customers like crap. [More]

There's Still Time To Vote On Worst Company In America Final Death Match

There's Still Time To Vote On Worst Company In America Final Death Match

A record number of voters have turned out to choose between Bank of America and Electronic Arts for the winner in the Worst Company In America 2012 tournament, but there’s still time to have your say in which business walks away with the Golden Poo. [More]

Worst Company In America Final Death Match: Bank Of America Vs. EA

Worst Company In America Final Death Match: Bank Of America Vs. EA

Here they stand, surrounded by the carved-up carcasses of their fallen competitors. “Make us proud… Win the poo,” the ghosts of the vanquished call out from another realm, demanding that these two remaining contenders for Worst Company In America prove that all this bloodshed was not in vain. [More]