As was the case for pretty much everyone, EA had a rough year in 2017. Every game they released managed to disappoint critics and players alike, and when the company took to the internet to defend their creative choices, their explanation became the most downvoted comment in Reddit history. The onslaught of criticism prompted many to wonder: why do people hate EA?
Harsh prejudices are not formed overnight, and EA has been working for over a decade to become the most hated company in America. When EA was voted the worst company in the US two years in a row, many believed that the game-makers' stink had reached critical mass, but it turns out they were just warming up for the main event.
In 2017, EA was dead-set on having their worst year to date. Mass Effect: Andromeda was a big disappointment (the franchise is now effectively dead), EA's sports games continued to deliver glitchy, uninspired experiences, and Star Wars Battlefront II had more microtransactions than gameplay, to the point that politicians began to worry that EA was pushing a new type of gambling on America's youth.
The story of how EA became the most hated company in the US stretches back to the early days of modern gaming history. However, despite all the criticism, EA's stock rose 33% in 2017, so they've never had less motivation to correct their bad behavior.
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