Those thinking that Electronic Arts would win The Consumerist's 'Worst Company in America' award (or the "Golden Poo" as they like to call it) for the third year in a row will be disappointed to hear that the publisher of The Sims, SimCity, and Battlefield 4 has been knocked off in the first round of the playoffs by Time Warner Cable. EA was knocked out in the first round of the tournament, with its competitor Time Warner Cable receiving 51.2 percent of reader votes.
The only company left in the tournament with any relevance to the games industry is Microsoft, which will soon face off against AT&T in its first round fight. The final list of 32 nominees was announced last week, pitting EA against the likes of McDonalds, Ticketmaster and three-time runner-up Bank of America.
The Consumerist believes that EA's loss was due to Time Warner Cable's pending merger with Comcast, a previous Worst Company in America winner. Time Warner Cable is also known for its horrible customer service. EA first won the award in 2012, due to what The Consumerist claimed was the company's tendency to "nickel and dime consumers to death" and again in 2013 for the horrible always-on launch of SimCity and the rushed ending to Mass Effect 3.
Any way you slice it, it's good news for EA, which needs a break from bad PR. The Worst Company in America award is definitely bad PR, no matter how EA tried to spin it last year and the year before when it won the award.