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EA Voted Worst Company

In a Consumerist survey (opens in new tab) asking readers to vote on which company they feel is the worst in America, EA Games has come top, beating out giants like Walmart and AT&T.

In the final, EA had a tough challenge, facing off against Bank of America, but it surpassed it, taking almost two thirds of the overall votes out of a total of around 250,000.

Electronic Arts has garnered plenty of hate in recent years, whether it was to do with DRM, its introduction of the Origin service, or simply releasing very mildly updated versions of its sports titles and charging a premium.

However the retailer wasn't going to take its "poo" award lying down. Speaking with Games Industry (opens in new tab), John Reseburg of EA corporate communications said: "We're sure that bank presidents, oil, tobacco and weapons companies are all relieved they weren't on the list this year. We're going to continue making award-winning games and services played by more than 300 million people worldwide."

He has a point. While EA might draw the ire of gamers, a group of people that are very online savvy - and therefore likely to vote in an online survey - it does seem as if other company types and banks especially have caused a lot more heartache and acted far more deviantly than a company producing a few sub par, mildly over-priced games.

Dipping his toes into almost everything that could be labeled 'nerdy' in his free time, Jon has been writing about technology for over half a decade. While mainly focusing on PC hardware thoughout this time, today he's more varied, covering everything from gaming to general electronics, industry perspectives and consoles. As well as writing for different sites, Jon enjoys wargaming, reading and PC gaming, hoping to balance out these geeky pastimes with fire spinning and MMA.