In this week's poll we want to know what you think about Candy Crush Saga maker King's ongoing trademark battles with various independent developers. Are these actions enough to put the company ahead of Electronic Arts as The Consumerist's Worst Company in America Award (or the "Golden Poo," as they call it)?
On the one hand you have King, who is trying to trademark common words like "Saga" and "Candy," and is doing everything it can to secure the trademark. One minute the company says that it respects the intellectual property of independent developers (a response to accusations that it hired one developer to copy another developer's game after a deal to secure it for the company's portal fell through), then it buys an old game to try invalidate… the intellectual property of an independent developer. Meanwhile the company also tries to stop Stoic from trademarking Banner Saga, because it contains the word "Saga" in the title.
On the other side you have Electronic Arts, who most recently said that the launches of SimCity and Battlefield 4 were not horrible (showing that it might not have learned its lesson when it won Worst Company in America last year) and who took a beloved franchise and turned it into a free-to-play microtransactions-heavy nightmare.
It's a tough call. Let us know what you think in this week's poll and share your comments below – maybe we'll feature them in the next episode of Super Podcast Action Committee. If you think there's a company worse than EA or King, let us know in the comments as well.
Thanks in advance for your votes! Also you might want to check out this Consumerist report indicating that EA is already racking up nominations for this year's award. To be fair, the article was written way back in December, when no one knew about King's trademark activities…
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