According to a recent poll by Website the Consumerist, Electronic Arts is the worst company in America. Gaining more then 250,000 votes and edging out Bank of America in the final round, Consumerist readers have awarded EA the 2012 “Golden Poo Award”. Below is a response from John Reseburg in EA Corporate Communication [via Games Industry Biz]

“We’re sure that bank presidents, oil, tobacco and weapons companies are all relieved they weren’t on the list this year. We’re going to continue making award-winning games and services played by more than 300 million people worldwide,” said Reseburg.

Bank vs. Video Game publisher, should it matter? The Consumerist says no: “To those who might sneer at something as ‘non-essential’ as a video game company winning the Worst Company In America vote: It’s that exact kind of attitude that allows people to ignore the complaints as companies like EA to nickel and dime consumers to death.”

However, Forbes criticized the poll saying, “The plights of the gaming industry simply don’t compare with BofA’s actions resulting in people literally losing their homes and savings… EA is widely loathed, and they’ve brought that reputation down on their own heads, but they’re loathed for reasons that pale in comparison to basically any of the big mortgage companies and banks involved in the housing crisis and financial collapse.”

Below is the starting list of companies (the first round of the poll). Have a look. Do you think EA is the worst company on the list? Can a game publisher’s online pass / DLC schemes compare with the likes of any bank involved in the housing crisis and financial collapse? Let us know what you think.

Full bracket here.

* Target vs. Best Buy
* Bank of America vs. Chase
* Charter Communications vs. CenturyLink (Qwest)
* Wells Fargo vs. Citi
* EA vs. Sony
* Sallie Mae vs. Ticketmaster
* DirecTV vs. Dish Network
* PayPal vs. Capital One
* Sears/Kmart vs. Walmart
* Netflix vs. GameStop
* USPS vs. UPS
* Comcast vs. Time Warner Cable
* Spirit vs. Delta
* AT&T vs. Verizon
* Facebook vs. Sprint
* Google vs. Apple