Because no one wants to be known as the worst company ever THAT many times…
Electronic Arts is recognized as one of the wost companies in North America. The gaming publisher have been given this terrible award for two years in a row now. This year, EA doesn’t want to end up on the bottom of the dog pile. Andrew Wilson, the new head of EA, made a statement, which we have listed below.
“We started thinking about how we don’t want to be viewed as the worst company in America. I personally don’t think we’ve ever been the worst company in America, but it says something. The consumers out there are telling us something. And we actually took it very seriously. This was before Andrew was the CEO. We and [EA chief operating officer] Peter Moore and a couple of other guys in the executive company got together to try to understand what caused people to say these things. And there were some things out there that…consumers told us they didn’t like. online pass was one thing.”
For more news on Electronic Arts and their upcoming software, keep reading Nintendo Charged! -Greg Boe
EA recently made known that their latest game engine, Frostbite 3, would not run with the Wii U hardware. Now, they came back and said that they could easily make Frostbite 3 usable by the Wii U, but they have no intention of such actions. They back their decision by claiming that there aren’t enough gamers on the Wii U to justify all the work that would be put in to making a conversion code, despite the fact that it would allow them to bring all of their future titles to a different platform that can really only spell profit in the end. EA is making a silly choice if you ask me. Then again, they do that a lot. -Ryan Baxter
What do you think about EA’s choice regarding the Wii U? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
The company famed for its questionable choices has more comments to release on its interesting relationship with Nintendo. We’ve heard how EA has no titles in production of Wii U, which remains unchanged. However, there has been a change in EA’s thought process as a result of the sales record of its previous titles on the Wii U, which have been more than notable. EA now has a plan to develop games for the latest Nintendo system once they clear some more immediate stuff out of the way. The moral, Chargers: keep an eye out for EA titles on the Wii U over the next year or so. -Ryan Baxter
Would you like to see EA games of the Wii U? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
“It’s been 60 days since we launched Need for Speed Most Wanted on the Wii U. We’ve launched four games. We’re proud of them. They’re in the marketplace and they’re selling. The guys inside the studio are looking at the Wii U tech and they’re looking at the platform. They understand it. As it develops, if there’s an opportunity to publish more games on the Wii U, we’ll do that. We’re not writing it off. We’re not not developing for the Wii U. We’re just watching it, and we’re really focused right now on PS4 and Xbox One, to really nail that transition.”
EA is that company that we spoke a lot about when we were covering the Golden Poo Award. They’re pretty well known for making… interesting career choices, shall we say? They do, however, seem to be able to constantly secure big-name deals with other large companies (like their ability to secure the Star Wars game series). Nintendo recently made known that they believed their relationship with the gaming giant was “great.” However, when asked for specifics on what made the relationship so great, they made it known that they didn’t want to speak on EA’s behalf. (Sounds like my relationships. HAHAHAHAHAHA… Ahem.) This seems like Nintendo might be imagining a relationship between the two companies or this comment could be the result of wishful thinking. In the end, time will tell if we will be seeing any hints that lead to a partnership between these giants or we Nintendo will be proven to have been thinking positively rather than realistically. -Ryan Baxter
What do you think about this comment? Let us know in the comments below!
Those of you that keep up with our site may remember our recent post about how FIFA ’14 will not be coming to Wii U. This is, however, only applicable to the Wii U and not all Nintendo consoles, as you would expect. EA has recently made known that they would be bringing their new game to the 3DS and the current-gen Wii. This is an interesting choice to not move on to the latest system and it’s certain to bring interesting retributions. Only time will tell if this is a wise move in the long run, but this writer is feeling it’s a silly choice. -Ryan Baxter
Do you think this was a logical choice for EA? Let us know in the comments!
For the second year in a row, Electronic Arts has been known as the worst company. EVER. While their games are entertaining, the publisher seems to be slowly losing their popularity in the industry. With all the great games on their way from the company, this could be EA’s time to shine, and prove to consumers that they still have what it takes to survive in the ever-changing world of gaming. While none of us are really sure what games will be unveiled, we’re looking forward to a top-notch show from the publisher. Seriously though, all I’m asking for is the reveal of the new Mass Effect! The company’s presentation goes live @ 1 PM PDT June 10th, 2013. For a look at last year’s show, check out the video below. -Greg Boe
If you follow our site, you’ll remember a post made a few days (2 days, that is) about how EA was completely obsessed with how bad the Wii U was, even going as far as to call it “crap.” Well, something has caused them to eat their words and I am sarcastically certain that it had nothing to do with the unveiling of the new Xbox One. Now, EA has announced, at Stifel Nicolaus 2013 Internet, Media and Communications Conference, their plans to create Wii U titles. They also plan on creating many titles for the Xbox One and the PS4. -Ryan Baxter
What do you think about this company’s turn around? Do you think it had anything to do with Microsoft’s big unveil today? Let us know in the comments!
There’s been a lot of unbacked hate around the Wii U in the media lately and the latest comes from an EA Senior Engineer. Apparently, he believes that
“the Wii U is crap, it’s less powerful than the Xbox 360, it has a weird tablet and a poor online store.”
This is an interesting statement that is very strong. The Wii U is the first of the next-generation and it is has no competition on the market today. Also, we have to remember that this console is a Japanese made console, while the PS3 and Xbox 360 are American consoles. These countries have different focuses and the Wii U is very good at what it does, even if the graphics aren’t quite what is expected from the next-generation. There is no reason to single out the system for its “power” or criticize a “weird tablet” or a “poor online store” simply because its different from the other consoles currently on the market. Perhaps this image will change soon. -Ryan Baxter
What do you think about the Wii U and EA’s comment? Do you think the Wii U will ever alter its public image? Let us know in the comments below!
Sports games are sometimes the only experiences of sports that gamers have and the only experiences of games that the athletically inclined have. This includes the NFL (American Football), NHL (Hockey) and FIFA (Non-American Football) titles. Well, it seems the title FIFA will not be on the Wii U this year. In a comment made by EA, which is available below, they let us know the reasoning behind this move is the sad sales of FIFA 2013 on the Wii U platform. After all, why would they pile a bunch of money into an expensive game that they can’t sell? -Ryan Baxter
“Six months ago FIFA 13 was a launch title on Wii U. Although the game featured FIFA’s award-winning HD gameplay and innovative new ways to play, the commercial results were disappointing. We have decided not to develop FIFA 14 on Wii U.”
We will certainly miss this series on the Wii U and we also hope it fares well on its other platforms! Stay tuned to NCharged for the latest Nintendo News and check out Gaming Charged to see how games such as FIFA 2014 do in general!
Electronic Arts has received a lot of criticism as of late after being awarded the “worst company” in the United States, and unfortunately, it just gets worse for the game publisher. In fact, the company has over-gone a good deal of downsizing this month. It’s hard to put a number on the exact amount of employees who lost their jobs, but between the layoffs that took place this month and back in February, it’s in the hundreds. My heart goes out to all the men and women who have lost their jobs at EA this year, and the studios that have closed down due to the downsizing. THQ closed down last year after filing bankruptcy, and I feel that we’ll be seeing more gaming giants closing up shop if the industry doesn’t get better. I’m not saying that EA is going to shut down, but they’re going need a miracle to get through this. Earlier this week, the company announced that they will be present at E3 this year, so hopefully they have some exciting new products on their way to current and next-gen consoles to showcase to consumers.
Check out the official statement from Electronic Arts below. -Greg Boe (admin)
“In recent weeks, EA has aligned all elements of its organizational structure behind priorities in new technologies and mobile. This has led to some difficult decisions to reduce the workforce in some locations. We are extremely grateful for the contributions made by each of our employees – those that are leaving EA will be missed by their colleagues and friends.
These are hard but essential changes as we focus on delivering great games and showing players around the world why to spend their time with us.”