In a recent interview by gamesindustry.biz, executive vice president of strategic growth, Matt Bilbey talks about the struggles of EA being the bad guys in the gaming industry, mentioning the views of it being “the company that lays off staff indiscriminately,” and “[allowing] Anthem to go out when it wasn’t ready” which yes, Anthem was a big disappointment to the hyped crowds that were excited to get their hands on a copy only to find out that it was mediocre at best. He then mentions that even after being the UK’s #1 publisher they rarely are given any awards at MCV Awards (Computer and Video Game Awards in the UK) and being announced as even a nominee, it would be typical to hear booing as if they were a villain compared to everyone else that wanted to win. Just the month before they announced some of the newest devs (Glowmade, Hazelight, and Zoink) who signed their EA Originals publishing label which is meant to promote games from the small indie studios and are to give every penny of profit back to the devs. Saying they “only [take] enough money to cover its costs.” EA is striving to help other indie devs and support others to get into this big, growing, and difficult to survive in industry. You’d think that a company pumping out games for people to enjoy would make a few mistakes here and there, we are all humans, we are expected to make a mistake every once in a while. Matt states “If you make a promise and don’t deliver, you’re never going to get another chance because your name is going to be mud.” So we must think. Is EA really the bad guy?

“If you make a promise and don’t deliver, you’re never going to get another chance because your name is going to be mud.”

-Matt Bilbey, 2019

If you want my honest opinion about EA, it seems like they’re trying to get out of the evil villain view that everyone has on them for their micro transactions and such, but really it just seems like EA wants to help other people who have a love for these games grow and I feel like we should in turn appreciate the good games and support the indie studios that work hard to get games out to us. If you really like a game, then go out and buy it.

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