Game publisher Electronic Arts took home the grand prize in The Consumerist's Worst Company in America contest, and they don't seem pleased about it.
But do they deserve the gold star? How do they stack up next to the other finalists? Let's go through the four companies that made it to the Final Four and run down some of the misdeeds that likely brought them there.
- Sells downloadable content. Sometimes on release day.
- Uses online passes to charge people who buy used games.
- Owns the company that wrote Mass Effect 3's ending.
- Often criticized for running small businesses and independent retailers out of business.
- Working there is apparently tantamount to actual hell on earth.
- There's an entire Wikipedia page called "Criticism of Walmart."
- Straight-up terrible phone signal service.
- Unanimously booed at Sony's E3 conference last year (when Sony's Jack Tretton announced that 3G versions of the PlayStation Vita would exclusively use AT&T's network), presumably because of terrible service.
- Can't even get service in my own goddamn apartment.
- Paid $137 million to settle an accusation that it defrauded schools, hospitals, and other state government organizations.
- Tried to charge customers a $5 monthly fee for debit cards, which President Obama promptly attacked.
- Keeps getting sued for trying to ruin peoples' lives.
Who should have won? I guess that's up to you.