Let’s face it; EA’s reputation isn’t exactly shining at this point. Evidence of this can be seen in a recent user-driven contest bracket run by Consumerist.com in order to determine what is America’s worst company. EA is now in the top 4 of the bracket, a significant achievement despite its negative implications.

So far, EA has won against Sony, Comcast, and Best Buy. Best Buy won against Target, and Comcast has usurped both DirectTV and Time Warner Cable. EA is now set to compete against AT&T, and if it wins it will have the chance to succeed either Walmart or Bank of America, who each won against the likes of Gamestop, Paypal, Ticketmaster, Citibank, and others.

What do you guys think? Do EA really deserve this much hate, or are they being rightfully scorned?

Michael Urban
Now an occasional contributer, Michael Urban is the former Editor-in-Chief at OnlySP and has the nickname "Breadcrab" for reasons his therapist still doesn't understand. From the moment he first got hacked in Runescape, he's been uninterested in multiplayer games and has pursued the beauty of the single-player experience, especially in terms of story and creative design. His hobbies include reading, writing, singing in the shower, pretending to be productive, and providing info and feedback regarding the games industry. It is an industry, right? You can ask him a question or send him spam at michaelurban@onlysp.escapistmagazine.com. Also, follow him on Twitter or the terrorists win. (@MichaelUrban1)

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  1. EA is like American version of Square Enix in Japan (with exception of making better games recently)

  2. lol, Cell's right. Admittedly they have some talented dev studios under their belt but I don't like a lot of things they've done over the past couple years…. fracking online passes. 

  3. I'm probably too old as I fondly remember the first Need for Speed, made with some serious enthusiast input from the Road & Track magazine. That was before we got served yearly updates with bombs, cop pursuits and night-only street racing… yawn!

    1. Haha! That comment sounded like it came from you even before I actually realized it came from you! :P
      Maybe they're going to focus on the Shift series from now on? I know NFS: The Run didn't sell as well as Shift.

  4. Why did I notice the "enormous assholes" just now :/

    1.  Gasp! He has found the hidden message! Double the dosage of relaxing sedatives!

  5. that’s because 95% of their games are highly MP-focused

    and most of their SP since 2011 is shit anyways….

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