Electronic Arts has a good shot at "winning" the Worst Company in America poll by the Consumerist for the second year in a row, and Chief Operating Officer Peter Moore isn't waiting for the final round to respond. Moore recognized some of his company's errors in a blog post titled "We Can Do Better."
"Are we really the 'Worst Company in America?'" Moore asked. "I’ll be the first to admit that we’ve made plenty of mistakes. These include server shutdowns too early, games that didn’t meet expectations, missteps on new pricing models and most recently, severely fumbling the launch of SimCity. We owe gamers better performance than this."
Moore dismissed some of the other issues which have locked up the bracket in favor of EA; he maintains that SimCity's online requirement was not conceived as sneaky DRM, that Origin's 45 million registered users make it a viable competitor to Steam, and that EA's free-to-play games are a hit with their target audience.
"This is the same poll that last year judged us as worse than companies responsible for the biggest oil spill in history, the mortgage crisis, and bank bailouts that cost millions of taxpayer dollars. The complaints against us last year were our support of SOPA (not true), and that they didn’t like the ending to Mass Effect 3."
Electronic Arts gets no free pass for studio layoffs and aggravating schemes from us, but... c'mon, Internet. Again with this?