Electronic Arts is the biggest video game company in the world. They make hundreds of millions of dollars every year.
They also ruin lives.
A lot of their money comes from their sports games. They make games on football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and anything else you can think of. Hell, they probably have a curling game somewhere beneath the huge pile of games they produce year in and year out. For all these sports games, EA selects athletes for that particular sport. The atheletes get exposure to the public (like they really need it) and of course, money (yeah, they definitely need more of that). The thing is, these cover athletes usually suffer what has now become known as "The EA Sports Cover Curse."
Let's look at some examples:
Michael Vick -- The dominating quarterback for Atlanta Falcons broke his leg in a season-ending injury last year.
Roy Jones Jr. -- The boxer that was undefeated (except for one disqualification) has been knocked out twice since his face appeared on the cover of this game.
Dany Heatley -- I don't watch hockey, but this one is so good, I mean, so bad that I have to put it up here. Atlanta Thrashers right wing Heatley got into a car crash that ended his season and killed his teammate Dan Snyder after getting on the cover of NHL 2004. Poor bastard.
Vince Carter -- The NBA star was out for most of last season with injuries and has been sued by his former agent for $4.7 million for breach of contract.
Keep in mind, these were only the 2004 sports games. EA makes them every single year. That's a lot of lives ruined.