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EA knocked out of Worst Company in America tournament

Publisher 'loses' to Time Warner Cable in the first round

Electronic Arts will not receive The Consumerist's Worst Company in America award for the third year in a row.

The publisher was knocked out in the first round of the tournament, with its competitor Time Warner Cable receiving 51.2 per cent of reader votes.

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The news means the only company left in the tournament with any relevance to the games industry is Microsoft, which has yet to have its first round face-off with AT&T.

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 suggests EA's loss is due to Time Warner Cable's pending merger with Comcast, a previous Worst Company in America winner.

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".

EA shrugged off the award, with corporate communications senior director John Reseburg stating: "We're sure that bank presidents, oil, tobacco, and weapons companies are all relieved they weren't on the list this year."

The publisher won the award again the following year, with The Consumerist citing the firm's use of annual release schedules for games, game prices, Mass Effect 3's "rushed endgame" and SimCity's turbulent launch in connection with the game's always-on internet requirement.

However, Time Warner Cable's 'victory' means EA will not be the first company to be presented with the notorious accolade for three consecutive years.

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