ANDR01D writes PC game reviews and shares his views on the video game industry.
This article will cover the worst companies in the video game business. I say companies because I will not just focus on developers. I'll cover publishers and retailers as well.
To appear on this list, a company must have done something truly awful. These companies are either known for being money-grubbing corporate vacuums, whose only mission in life is to make a profit, or they're known for making awful games or services.
You may not like all my choices, but I'll do my best to present evidence to support my case.
EA has been voted the worst company in the United States in a poll conducted by Consumerist in 2012 and 2013. This gives a good idea on how despised this company really is. EA gained notoriety in the 2010s for acquiring smaller developers and dissolving them. If they didn’t just get rid of them, they often milked their intellectual properties to churn out subpar sequels. EA would shut down those development studios when the games didn’t sell. Companies burned in this fashion by EA include Origin, Westwood, Bullfrog, Maxis and Pandemic. EA even named their Steam-like service Origin. This is a pretty big slap to the face to the team at Origin Systems, who were shut down in 2004. It's impressive that BioWare is still around.
Crunch time is not unusual in the gaming industry. However, employees working for EA have reported that they have worked up to 100 hours per week. This forced overtime has been unpaid. This led to the formation of the EA Spouse blog that detailed the harsh working conditions. This was followed by two class action lawsuits against the company, both of which lead to a settlement.
In 2004, EA got the exclusive licensing rights to the NFL and the NFL Players Association. This essentially gave the company the exclusive rights to make football games with the NFL license. This led to the demise of the NFL 2K series. It is also why the Madden series is the only NFL game on the market. Many people saw this as EA monopolizing a section of the gaming market. This move certainly helped EA maintain their spot at the top of the industry.
In other sports controversies, EA has also been sued for using images of NCAA athletes on their games’ cover art without paying them. The company would settle with the athletes (estimated to be between 200,00 and 300,000) for around $40 million.
EA’s use of SecuRom DRM has come under fire and resulted in class action lawsuits as EA did not fully disclose its presence on games. The DRM was basically a rootkit that was not uninstalled when the game was removed. This is not so good for gamers concerned about privacy.
EA has become the face of the loot boxes controversy in gaming. Microtransactions are most notably seen in their FIFA titles. The most notorious usage of loot boxes was in Star Wars Battlefront II. The feature basically forced gamers to pay to get an advantage in multiplayer. Disney actually stepped in and forced EA to remove the loot boxes since the controversy was damaging the brand.
The trouble with Activision started when their CEO, Bobby Kotick, started to make waves. There was a lot of controversy surrounding Modern Warfare 2 and Infinity Ward. Activision pushed up the retail price of the game to $59.99. This was a spike in 2009, and a lot of other companies have followed suit since then. Activision also made a clear statement to PC gamers by not releasing a veteran or hardened edition of the game for PC. So we didn't get to run around in the dark with night vision goggles on and spy on the neighbours. Talk about unfair and unequal treatment.
But the biggest controversy was when Kotick dismissed the heads at Infinity Ward. There was a mass walkout where a lot of the IW employees resigned and went over to EA where they formed Respawn Entertainment. As a result, Modern Warfare 3 ended up being developed by an almost entirely new Infinity Ward with help from Sledgehammer Games. They also shut down the massively popular Guitar Hero franchise, which led to 500 people losing their jobs.
In 2019, the company came under fire after punishing Hearthstone player Blitzchung for voicing his support of the Hong Kong protests during a streaming event. The company banned Blitzchung from tournaments for a year. Many saw this as the company trying to appease China. The Chinese conglomerate, Tencent, is a partial owner of Activision Blizzard. Many fans called for a boycott of the company as they felt the punishment was unfair. U.S. Senators and Representatives actually sent a letter to Kotick condemning the ban.
In 2021, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a suit against Activision Blizzard. The suit accused the company of sexual harassment and employment discrimination. The company denied the accusations, but many employees criticized this response. Many employees would walk out in protest of the working conditions and the nonchalant response to the lawsuit.
One of the unholy triumvirate of game publishers alongside EA and Activision, Ubisoft is responsible for the truly awful method of DRM they implemented with their products, which required gamers to be online all the time while playing a game. Personally, this is what put me off buying Assassin’s Creed II and Splinter Cell: Conviction when they were first out. Even though the DRM was later removed, I still haven’t given in and bought either titles. Before this method of DRM, they had StarForce, which also wasn’t very popular as it installed drivers on your system. These drivers often caused hardware issues.
One of Ubisoft's past faux pas includes boycotting the magazine Electronic Gaming Monthly and refusing to give any of their games over to them for review. This was due to the negative reviews from this publication in the past.
In April 2012, Ubisoft was sued by John L. Beiswenger for copyright infringement. Beiswenger claimed that Ubisoft’s hugely popular Assassin’s Creed series copies a lot of ideas from his book Link. He wanted to stop the release of Assassin's Creed III, but in the end, he dropped the lawsuit.
In 2020, the company was hit with many allegations of sexual misconduct. Ashraf Ismail, the creative director of Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, was terminated after an internal investigation.
I’ll admit that I have limited experience with Capcom games. I've only played some Resident Evil games and Dead Rising 2.
However, I don’t particularly approve of Capcom’s business practices and its treatment of its customers. One of the biggest sins they’ve committed was charging for DLC that was already on the original game disc.
They’ve also showed tremendous bias in favour of Asian audiences. Their servers for Resident Evil: Outbreak and its sequel in Japan were shut down three and a half years after the North American and European servers. The company has been reluctant to release entries in the Sengoku Basara series outside of Japan.
Capcom faced heavy backlash when they cancelled the highly anticipated Mega Man Legends 3. The game was planned to release on the Nintendo 3DS, but the project was abruptly cancelled. Producer Keiji Inafune, who had left Capcom during development, offered to complete the game with his own team, but the company had no interest in the project.
I don’t particularly like Gearbox for a few reasons. They started off all right developing one or two good expansions for Half-Life and porting the game to consoles. They even worked on the retail edition of Counter-Strike. I really enjoyed the first two Brothers in Arms titles the most. The third was a bit of a cash in that milked the series for what it was worth. They did away with the situational awareness mode that was the primary selling point of the series.
Gearbox bought the Duke Nukem IP from 3D Realms after 3DR hit rock bottom. They began developing the console versions of Duke Nukem Forever because 3DR and Triptych had pretty much done about 95% of the PC version all ready. But Gearbox went and modified the game to make the final build, which didn’t really sit well with me or others. I can’t help but feel that it would have been better if it had been left the game alone and not tinkered with it. The game would end up getting thrashed by critics. The chances of seeing another adventure with Duke is unlikely.
I know a lot of people out there like Borderlands, but Gearbox has done so much copying from other series and films, like Diablo (Sanctuary), Mad Max, and Avatar (Pandora), which is hard to ignore. To call it an original series is a bit of an insult and a lie, quite frankly. Pitchford even admits to having stolen so much from the Alien series during his career. Speaking of which, Aliens: Colonial Marines took ages to get out the door. In the end, it bombed almost as hard as DNF. However, the poor quality is said to have a lot to do with contractual obligations and a looming lawsuit from Sega. But that's no excuse to lie to the public in order to market it.
I think the main reason I don’t have much love for Gearbox is because they burned Interceptor Entertainment, which was developing Duke Nukem 3D: Reloaded, a remake of Duke Nukem 3D in Unreal Engine 3. They wanted to make the game and release it for free, but due to contractual disputes (Gearbox would let them work on the game but wouldn't let them release it), IE put the game on "indefinite hold". Then they went over to 3DR/Apogee and started work on a Rise of the Triad remake. It was a bit like the whole Activision/The Silver Lining affair, but at least that ended up being released even if, according to some, it wasn’t all that good.
I imagine if Gearbox actually made any money off DNF, they might have actually released the planned remake. An updated rerelease of the game would come out in 2016.
Why I dislike Sega is linked to the reason I don’t like Gearbox much. However, my dislike has nothing to do with Take Two Interactive. Sega was heavily involved in the Aliens: Colonial Marines saga. This is what went down in a nutshell: Sega agreed to let Gearbox develop the aforementioned title. Gearbox then went and spent all the money they received from Sega on developing Borderlands and other titles. This possibly includes Duke Nukem Forever. It was a mistake to leave ACM alone as long as they did, however, because Sega eventually asked where their game was. When they discovered what Gearbox was doing, the game was temporarily cancelled. The game would eventually be marketed with features and graphics that were not in the final release.
ACM was one of the hottest selling games of the first quarter. They literally duped millions of people. I can only imagine that Sega would never in a million years have given this game their seal of quality under better circumstances. This was just a game with massive hype that left disappointment in its wake.
Sega also had Obsidian work on an Alien RPG, which was claimed to be near completion before Sega pulled the plug. Depriving us all of an Alien RPG is a crime. We’ve had several shoddy Alien FPS titles over the last few years, and at least one decent RPG would have made up for that.
I also didn’t like the fact that Condemned Criminal Origins, one of the scariest games I've ever played, received a sequel that did not make it to PC. I did not like it being a console exclusive.
7. Take-Two Interactive
There’s one main reason I don’t like Take Two, and that is closely linked to why I don’t like Gearbox Software. Take-Two was at one time the publisher of Duke Nukem Forever, but they turned on 3DR when the team ran out of money. The team working on the game was let go, and the project was essentially abandoned. Many thought that DNF was cancelled and that 3DR was dead. In reality, 3DR was busy being sued by Take-Two after they claimed that they were owed a lot of money that had been poured into DNF. It seems that George Broussard’s claims that he funded DNF with his own money weren’t exactly true.
The lawsuit would eventually be settled out of court. I would later see 2K, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive, slapped on the box of DNF. It wasn't enough to file a lawsuit against 3DR and then get money from them in a settlement. They went ahead and published the game anyway to make more money. What a bunch of scumbags.
Rockstar will never make it on to any favourites list of mine. One reason is that they mainly cater to the console market and neglect PC fans. Yes, they make great games, but ports of their games like GTA only make it to PC a year after their original release on console. Red Dead Redemption has never made it to the PC at all. At one point, people were in doubt over whether Grand Theft Auto V would even be released on PC.
Granted, the main issue with Rockstar nowadays is the lack of games at all. GTA V was released way back in 2013, and we have not seen any games from this developer since then. GTA Online makes so much money that the company isn't in a hurry to make a new title. Rockstar would not announce the development of a sequel until 2022.
The only good thing I can say about Rockstar is that they have released some of their games for free, like GTA and GTA 2.
9. Ion Storm
I have to note that there were two Ion Storms. There was Ion Storm Austin, which was good developer. They made Deus Ex, Deus Ex Invisible War and Thief: Deadly Shadows, which was an okay game. (It just was not in the same league as its prequels by Looking Glass Studios). This branch of the company was headed by Warren Spector.
Then there was Ion Storm Dallas. This was the evil side of the company. It was headed by John Romero, one of the co-founders of id Software, the creators of the Doom series. Romero at the time was revelling in his superstardom and wealth, and he had a massive ego. He dated models, drove sports cars – he was living it up. It was this ego that led to the demise of Ion Storm Dallas, however.
After all the hype, delays, overspending, and PR blunders, such as the “John Romero’s about to make you his bitch” campaign, Daikatana ended up being a massive failure. It is considered to be one of the worst games ever made. Anachronox was pretty much the last game to come out of the Dallas studio, and that was the final nail in the coffin. Ion Storm Austin lived on for a few more years until it too went under after Spector left and Eidos decided to call it a day. In my opinion, their one good game was Deus Ex. The rest we could have done without as they were really just games that were dumbed down for consoles .
But I think everyone really wanted to see Ion Storm, especially John Romero, taken down a notch. Romero still hasn’t recovered from the failure of Daikatana, and it’s likely he’ll never reach his previous fame ever again. At least we can go back and play classic titles like Doom.
I’ve written before about GameStop’s moral compass, or lack thereof, and their dodgy business ethics. Their staff will open copies of games and sell them as new at full price. They will even remove content from the packages. They allow staff to check out games, bring them back opened and sell them at the same price. They will even refuse to stock titles because they promote rival companies or services.
By selling used copies of games, they take all the profit, and none of it goes to the developers or publishers. This is one of the main reasons why we end up paying more for new retail copies. Thanks a lot, idiots.
Much has been said about how the company treats its store employees. They're pressured to make sales at unrealistic rates. Think about this the next time they really push a pre-order on you. The company also came under fire during the COVID-19 pandemic for claiming they were an essential business to remain open. They have also been ridiculed for selling non-gaming related items as a desperate scramble to survive in an age where physical game sales are on the decline.
© 2013 ANDR01D
Anonymous on September 07, 2020:
If Sony is hated by conspiracy theorists then why does Nintendo get a lot of backlash
Arre on August 12, 2020:
And where is Bethesda those games are full of scam and bugs!
Anonymous on June 26, 2020:
Sony had partnerships with companies that are infamous such as Ticketmaster and DF entertainment the main reason why Unties separated from Sony was because of they ditched Nintendo for a business partner who would pay them higher.They overinflated the price of CD-ROMs.
Sekiden on June 15, 2020:
EA, these guys should be re-brand to EA-XXON with just how much they've polluted the gaming industry.
Ara on May 13, 2020:
Bethesda is easily top 4 with EA, Activision-Blizzard and Ubisoft. Todd Howard is a scumbag and should rot in jail.
Firerockbird on February 04, 2020:
Any list of the worst video game companies that don't have our dear Konami is automatically invalid for me.
fuck on January 10, 2020:
umm is nobody gonna talk about how bethesda made home alone, not capcom?
Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on December 15, 2019:
I'm guessing you wrote this before Bethesda's drama with Fallout 76. Good list though. I'll always hate EA for what they did to Mass Effect and Dragon Age.
Add on November 29, 2019:
Bethesda should be on here, blizzard as well (though they are activision). I have no problem with gearbox, but i hate 2k. I disagree with rockstar Being on this list as well. Epic has been pretty atrocious with their tendency to monopolize everything.
Matt on October 30, 2019:
Why is everyone bashing consoles? PC gaming is toxic garbage with hacks everywhere and dictator moderators.
Anonymous on August 23, 2019:
Sony is everything wrong with modern gaming and Game Stop Fingerprints you this is why I rather stick with fan-games or Open Source
Anonymous on August 23, 2019:
According to some you-tubers Sony is everything wrong with modern gaming
Anonymous on August 04, 2019:
Top 10 mistakes made by Sony
1.Giving Nintendo a raw deal in the contract
2.TriStar Pictures (Movie Studio) and Baby Geniuses
3.The Playstation Move
5.Setting a customer's house on fire
6.The color of the PSP
8.Sony doesn't care about it's consumers all they care about is money
10.Gran Turismo was a ROM hack of a NASCAR game on SEGA's console
Anonymous on July 22, 2019:
Sony has always been anti-consumer ever since the beginning with Nintendo and the Super CD over the years their anti-consumer business decisions cause thousands of games to have a delayed release date, be modified, or be cancelled entirely None of Sony's games have been delayed or cancelled there are so many things Sony did that where anti-consumer the main one is when they gave Nintendo a raw deal in the contract other things include Frequent use of racial stereotypes, no cross-play and setting a customer's house on fire
Anonymous on July 17, 2019:
Sega is better than nothing
Walross on June 27, 2019:
How the hell is blizzard not second place?!
GuyWhoWroteThisArticleIsAcUck on June 27, 2019:
salty pc fanboy who dosent like rockstar suprise suprise.
The end on June 06, 2019:
2k. 2k is the worst company ever.
Ike08 on May 05, 2019:
I used to like Activision until they started to get greedy. Every new Call of Duty installment is rushed with bugs and glitches. Specifically Infinite Warfare and WWII. In the beta WWII, it got more content. But, when the game hit shelves, all the content was not there. And Infinite Warfare was the same idea.
Drew0001 on May 01, 2019:
Rockstar should not be on this list. Yeah they don’t believe GTA 5 is a good game to play on pc which I kinda agree with because it is hard to play a third person shooter I know they have first person but it’s mainly third person. They should still but on pc but that doesn’t make them a bad company. There is a way to make quick cash online on gta online so they aren’t greedy. They should be on the list of favorites instead actually.
FairPlay on March 26, 2019:
Top 10 worst companies ? this list is more like “why some of the famous companies sucks”
Arsalan on March 14, 2019:
Capcom is on the list of worst company like seriously? If you hate them doesn't mean that they are the worst company. This list is stupid.
Mermerus on March 13, 2019:
Rockstar ? Ubisoft ? Really who made this list this is bull***
Tony on January 30, 2019:
In my opinion rockstar are now the worst game company in the world. I was a fan of them up until recently with what they have done to gta 5. It was already one of the most successful games of all time, but they still have to push their greed tactics to desperate levels.
The amount of bugs and mistakes they have made with the nightclub dlc is unforgivable and since they have now sabotaged the hotring racing for some reason, I’m done.
They used to be known for being one of the good ones left, but it seems they have just joined the rest of the companies corrupted by greed. I will never buy one of their games ever again.
gamercreativity on January 25, 2019:
Yes...where is wargaming at all?!!!
Their system is deceitfull and the company uses/hiring probably people to reply on everyone who asks them critical questions...and trying to make a fool of them.
You don't need to be a programmer/developer or advanced gamer to smell what's wrong with world of tanks.
jake on January 18, 2019:
Rockstar is one of the few companies that support the xbox so i highly disagree that they should be counted as one of the worst companies in fact they are the most sympathetic.
Agnatik on November 19, 2018:
Wow. where is wargaming in all that? and where is gaijin. those eastern devlopers are the worse i've ever seen. take a look then you'll see that those campanies still do thier best to run things out.
Pacifico Cataro on June 27, 2018:
After Belgium and Holland issued law declaring loot boxes are illegal it is easy to assume profit will decrease fast and stockholders are going to heavily sell EA shares... Game over for the cancer of loot boxes...Which are the financial forecast for EA? Are they ending up in some Dutch jail or having a good bankruptcty?
Amber Feather on June 20, 2018:
I'd just like to say, for the majority of Rockstar's games the console is less than $200. If you can afford a $600+ gaming PC/laptop, you can spend about $100 for a refurbished console. Ignoring PC platform is not a legitimate reason to hate a company imho.
Not to mention, PC has a plethora of other games and immense capabilities. I don't understand why they're on this list because the reasons stated have done nothing to ruin video games.
"Boo hoo! They don't have (very many) games on my platform of choice!" Console is not only cheaper, but if you have a PC for the same price of a xbone/ps4, it's most likely garbage and can't run most newer games anyways, (a GTX 1080 was $538 alone, not including RAM and processor necessities). A xbone x is $499, so you're already losing if you choose to go the PC route if the games that aren't on PC, (double losing, even...)
You can do so much more with PC that it doesn't make sense to cry about console. Conversely, it doesn't make sense to cry that console has a few games that aren't on PC, (especially when you can only name 1 game franchise that seemed like a loss).
I'm probably biased because I play both console and PC, and R* is still my favorite company from my strictly console days--their games always have amazing offline play, whereas it feels every PC game absolutely HAS to have online play to have any sort of substance to it. I mean, you COULD complain that not every computer can run every game, but that's the beauty of consoles; it's not your fault if the equipment can't run the game.
In some occasions, games are poorly optimized, (or not at all...) which can cause garbage frames, instability, and heinous memory leaks. This can be super frustrating because most companies, (ESPECIALLY EA...) will blame your computer when it is, in fact, their buggy ass game! Sims 3 was an absolute buggy mess, and they somehow managed to top it by making Sims 4 even worse, (they supposedly were looking into it and didn't know where the bugs were coming from, but it was on PC as well as console. They sent out updates that both broke your game and the computer/console you were using, smh...)
However, when a game is actually properly made, it's entirely the rig's owner's fault for not updating or upgrading their equipment. In terms of computers, that moves a LOT faster than consoles, (PS3/xb360 lasted quite a long time), so I can see why there would be a bit of envy when a company releases primarily console games. (And why shouldn't they? PC is a playground for viruses, pirating, horrid game-breaking mods, and whiners crying that their computer isn't good enough but refuse to upgrade. It's an all-around headache and you'll lose at every turn!) It still, however, is not a grounds for calling a company one of "The Top 10 Worst Companies in the Video Game Industry".
You don't have any evidence to support its place on the list outside of your own personal quarrels, (you had plenty for EA, for example), which is subjective entirely. PC gamers are often attributed to why games are so terrible nowadays, (always talking down on consoles, saying they run games prettier so devs try to make things look nice instead of having a good plot, etc.), and this really doesn't help. As aforementioned, PC gaming is a crap shoot for devs, and it's because people like this author will complain, regardless of what they get.
While we're on the subject, why is Sony not on the list? Their PlayStation exclusive games definitely aren't on PC, yet you're giving R* crap for it? They honestly must be doing an amazing job if you feel bothered their games aren't on PC, because if they were shit, you wouldn't care. Once again, just go out and buy a console for less than half of what your PC costs. They're reverse compatible now and even have older games digitally available so there's some incentive to upgrade. Crying about a game not being on YOUR PREFERRED platform doesn't make the company garbage, (incredibly selfish of you to think so, either. Crybaby generation of gamers--no wonder there's so many cringeworthy kids on games!)
As for SEGA, I'm only mad at them for selling the rights of Sonic the Hedgehog to Nintendo. They have no idea what they're doing. However, that hardly makes them one of the worst companies, as they were simply conducting business and it hasn't been particularly damaging to gameplay standards of other games. (Nor has it really caused much of a disruption because people will simply stop buying Sonic games, unlike EA's games apparently.)
DutchSpruceRun on June 15, 2018:
I would add Wildcard and Bluehole.
Anonymous on June 10, 2018:
The worst gaming company with the absolute worst customer service. Does nothing about hackers/botters/scammers, the customer service bans players who do nothing wrong, and they claim to be a Free to play, when to get anywhere in their game Conquer Online, you have to spend thousands. And I mean thousands. Max +12 items, Boots $480 USD, Necklace $480 USD, Ring $360 USD, Tower $150 USD, Fan $150 USD, Crop $150 USD, Wings $150 USD, Steed $150 USD, Two Weapons $480 USD, Armour $300 USD, Headgear $240 USD. That's only the items. Perfection, a boost system in Conquer online; Each of the above items costs 20 +8 items to max the Perfection on each item. To put that into perspective, each +8 item costs $90 USD.10 items that require 20 +8 items each to max the Perfection. You're looking at over $20,000 USD just to make items.
TQ Digital: 1/10
Game - Conquer online: 2/10
Would I recommend this company or game?
NO, absolutely NOT.
Hunter12 on May 23, 2018:
If you don't like Capcom doesn't mean that it should be in '10 worst companies' list. Capcom has recently released great games like Resident evil 7 and Monster hunter world.
VeeMima on April 02, 2018:
Small company, but Owl Cave Games. There was a project slated three years ago that I was contributing to.The project runner changed the project's name without telling me, avoided speaking to me, and only now told me she lost what I sent her. (After three years of living in development hell.) She started a company, seems to have lost interest in it, and can't be bothered telling the contributors about any changes.
hvirgamer on March 24, 2018:
We have a new contender folks! Just when you thought it couldn't get shadier!
Funcom has entered the ring!
They recently added a word to the title of one of their games, doing some minor updates and calling it a new game. Then, they created duplicate accounts and required a manual button press to "transfer" the old account information to the new. However, this transfer could only open in a specified window, ensuring that people who come and go would miss it.
Long story short, it was a scheme to renege on lifetime memberships so they'd have to buy in a second time if they want to keep their perks.
No name on March 15, 2018:
Some one add studio wildcard
Anonymous on February 02, 2018:
someone needs to add makers of pwi on this list
truthserum200 on January 20, 2018:
Zenimax/ Bethseda ,EA, actvison, 2k studios,Take Two,Ubisoft, Rockstar.
This are the top clowns worst offenders, openly promoting propganda and self serving interest with no fear by now of the worst ,political correct, ultra leftist, jewish, zionist political propaganda, stories or own studio politics in games on top the fact that you buying the game with propaganda and studio interests in it, 60$ for base of the game, + endless paid dlc which end up all together $200+, pay to win system which consist of cards and handicap gaming for the rest , most of money goes into marketing which pays corrupt gaming magazines which promote their games and have conflict of interest, marketing based on graphics while lacking game play, endless bugs which never get fixed, idiotic games aimed at console pesants and casual gamers or the mass ignorants, mergers of acquisition of studios to monopolize gaming and use their names.
Really wake up people support indie gamers as kingdom come deliverance which give true good games in all aspects .
Hoover1979 on January 04, 2018:
They say from the ground in which EA walks over, no grass shall ever grow!
Gabe on December 31, 2017:
Were LJN, TIGER and what? idk
Random on December 29, 2017:
Why is sega here
Anon on November 13, 2017:
tschusman on November 10, 2017:
You forgot about Bethesda
tony bradshaw on October 12, 2017:
Mahaks on September 09, 2017:
Why is Warner not on this list?
They are the most despicable bunch next to ea
Beichen on August 18, 2017:
Lol @ Valve not being on this list.
Grimmlight on June 16, 2017:
Rockstar honestly shouldn't be on this list, if pc gamers want to play their games then buy a console, but every other one yeah I agree with, especially ubi EA and Activision, those companies should die.
Tony on May 12, 2017:
EA ,Take Two
Thise are the shittiest of companies who produce shitt garbage absolute trash with own personal politics propaganda ijn game, bugs dlc in game purchases idiotic shitty stories, every year. Why people never learn to burn these games and let these companies rott. They are just money, hungry pices of shit who produce crap and rub their politics into games and care less of customer base
Carof007 on May 03, 2017:
Where's the Eutechnyx Goddammit?! The company who created Ride to hell: retribution and the game based on Pimp my ride
Mr J on January 28, 2017:
EA and ubisoft are the Worst game companys, all there games are trash,
some of the others might be bad in some cases but they make alot more good games.
ImixGod on January 25, 2015:
who could forget the mess of Ion Storm
Perseus on July 27, 2014:
EA? Your the ones who caused pandemic's downfall? Ugh... my hate for you just got worse. Without you and disney we could already have a Star Wars: Battlefront 3 by now! Thank the heavens DICE is doing it now.
jklahlou on May 16, 2013:
I play EA's Battlefield Play 4 Free... all they are after is money, with no thought about improving the quality of their content or their games community, or customer service. Also as you mentioned, they often literally milk successful games absolutely dry: can think of quite a few examples.
ANDR01D (author) from Hell on February 18, 2013:
It was a dark day indeed for Blizzard fans everywhere when that merger happened.
Darrin Perez from Puerto Rico on February 15, 2013:
There's quite a few companies I didn't expect to see in this list. However (and rather unfortunately I might add), I know all about Activision's scummy ways. It's why Blizzard games are online only. It's why every single Blizzard title is now about finding more ways to monetize their IP. And to think that I used to be a Blizzard fanboy. Well, their merger with Activision ruined them. I'd rather starve to death than work for somebody like that.
Thank you very much for this hub! Voted up and interesting!
ANDR01D (author) from Hell on February 14, 2013:
Oh yes. You'd better believe it. It's like I've heard before: video games are serious business.
tnvrstar from doha, qatar on February 13, 2013:
wow! lots of information. I like to play games but did not about the dark side of these companies.