Hating EA is becoming sort of an international sport these days, especially on Reddit. If you need karma (virtual internet points), bad mouthing EA about their money mongering practices is instant karma (that and Rick & Morty quotes). Today EA earned a new record.
Most down voted comment ever on Reddit
Down votes are coming in as we speak (over 230k) and I wouldn’t be surprised if it hits 300k down votes. The outrage has to do with the backlash from adding the loot box model to the new Star Wars game. Gamers feel betrayed, but if you per-ordered the new Star Wars Battlefront you probably asked for it. I don’t understand why people are still surprised by this.
Update: over 600k down votes, oh my.
Here’s the comment that is currently being down voted into oblivion.
The intent is to provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes.
As for cost, we selected initial values based upon data from the Open Beta and other adjustments made to milestone rewards before launch. Among other things, we’re looking at average per-player credit earn rates on a daily basis, and we’ll be making constant adjustments to ensure that players have challenges that are compelling, rewarding, and of course attainable via gameplay.
We appreciate the candid feedback, and the passion the community has put forth around the current topics here on Reddit, our forums and across numerous social media outlets.
Our team will continue to make changes and monitor community feedback and update everyone as soon and as often as we can.
The front page is currently all about EA, which is a nice change from the Hollywood scandals.
So what happened?
EA isn’t very popular lately. Over the years they acquired many game development companies and ‘killed them off’. This started a long time ago with companies like Westwood studios. The DLC’s and buggy game releases have caused outrage in the past, nowadays it’s the loot box model which is comparable to micro transactions. To be fair, EA isn’t the only one publishing minimal games for max profit.
Meanwhile gamers keep per-ordering their games so all the anger is probably just free publicity. Investors aren’t impressed yet.