As it does every year, Consumer Reports subsidiary the Consumerist has crowned "The worst company in America."
This year, based on more than 250,000 votes, it's Electronic Arts, or EA, of Redwood City, Calif., a "mega-publisher" which the Consumerist said tends to "nickel and dime consumers to death." The consumer affairs blog cites accusations that EA deliberately holds back game content "with the sole intent of charging a fee for it at a later date."
And the company, according to the Consumerist, also makes a habit of acquiring small start-up video game makers in order to squash competition.
"We're sure that bank presidents, oil, tobacco and weapons companies are all relieved they weren't on the list this year," said EA spokesman John Reseburg. "We're going to continue making award-winning games and services played by more than 300 million people worldwide."
Bank of America ranked second, followed by AT&T and Wal-Mart. In total, 32 companies were in the running for the dubious honor, including Facebook, Google, Apple, Netflix, Sony and Spirit Airlines. See our photo gallery for more details on their bad behavior.
Times staff writer Alex Pham contributed to this post