EA Sports issues statement on Twitter regarding the Cover Vote irregularities

Submitted by Trauber19 on March 8th, 2013 at 11:16 AM

I'm sure there are plenty of people tired of this appearing on the board, but here is what EA Sports had to say about Texas A&M exploiting a loophole.



"We are aware of the voting irregularities around the #NCAACoverVote. We are in touch with the schools involved in the final round voting and in the spirit of integrity and fair play, are in agreement that only votes from legitimate accounts will be counted in the vote."

So take that for whatever it's worth.  Apparently the complaining and losing a 14K lead in one day did get their attention.



"FYI - If you're still creating fake accounts and "causes" pages to vote from, you're wasting your time. #NCAACoverVote"

Not sure how they can decipher between all of it or whatever, but they just issued this on Twitter at 2 pm.



March 8th, 2013 at 11:17 AM ^

Vote the old-fashioned way  - well, to the extent that logging into a popular social networking site that started in the early 2000s to vote for the cover photo of a video game is old -- never mind.


In any event, can't rely on UM bots out botting TAM bots.


March 8th, 2013 at 11:49 AM ^

Maybe it's because I don't play video games or something, but I find this hard to get too worked up about. Yes, Denard winning would be awesome for both him and Michigan fans. Absolutely. But what is happening is exactly what happens every time there is an online poll. One side looks like it's going to win, the other side starts rigging the vote, then the first fan base starts trying to out-cheat the other, and it becomes a big bot arms race. In the end, the host of the poll will say something about how they know people are cheating and that they'll take care of it, all the while no one cares whatsoever other than the people who are working really hard to out cheat the other side.

In this case, I think A&M started it in earnest last night, but I've seen the Michigan fan base jump the gun and start rigging results of previous polls. So in the end, alls fair in online fan polls, I guess.

Like I said below, when EA Sports inevitably picks whichever player they want regardless of vote, it'll probably be Denard over Swope for simple name recognition reasons. For his sake, I'm hoping I'm right. If I wrong, I won't lose sleep.

Darth Wolverine

March 8th, 2013 at 11:19 AM ^

Awesome news. I hope they are able to change the number of votes ASAP instead of waiting a week or whatever amount of time to inform everyone of the winner. I have a feeling we won't know until late next week, assuming they have to go through the thousands of votes.

Coastal Elite

March 8th, 2013 at 11:20 AM ^

Am I the only one who's skeptical of this? Unless there's some automated way for them to tell which accounts are "real" and which aren't, I have a very, very hard time believing that EA Sports is going to sift through >300,000 votes to manually count only those they deem legitimate. Sort of seems like the value of tweeting something like this is to discourage continued cheating, not to actually correct any of the irregularities that have already surfaced.


March 8th, 2013 at 11:24 AM ^

I was thinking the same thing. How are they going to verify all those accounts?

It could just as easily be a way for EA Sports to pick whichever one they want, and say "according to the real vote, this guy won." (Personally, I would think that that would favor Denard, as he's been a household name for three years. No offense to A&M or Swope, who I believe is supposed to be very good, but he simply never had the hype train that Denard has had.)

PB-J Time

March 8th, 2013 at 12:27 PM ^


Highly agree sir (or lady). EA already admitted to being in contact with the athletic departments. This is as close to a "everybody wins" scenario that you could get to in life. Both fanbases/ADs get "their guy" on there (likely in successive seasons), and EA gets 2 VERY popular and well know athletes on their covers. Makes sense to me. 

This whole facebook thing is mostly a hype machine anyways

gustave ferbert

March 8th, 2013 at 11:27 AM ^

just going out there, saying, "hey, we see something going on. Knock it off, or we will look at the irregularity.  So all your effort will be for naught, etc." 

but it is interesting that denard took the lead again as of 11:15 am.  

I like how Michigan posted on FB, do it the Michigan way, taking the high road etc..  .


March 8th, 2013 at 11:58 AM ^

I'd imagine you can pull back the voter IDs, and run a check to see if there is a parent ID that has already voted.  So basically

WillyWIll9 Voted for Denard (ParentID check =Null)      
DenardShouldWinGroup voted for Denard (ParentID check = WillyWill9.  Did WillyWill9 already vote? Yes.)

Or am i oversimplifying this?


March 8th, 2013 at 3:40 PM ^

... there are automated checks -- spikes in activity from specific regions, ip addresses, etc...  You also have automated checks for anything that's burned you previously.

Then you have the poor interns who go through log files when there is suspicion, but no automated checks.  Given the rate at which A&M closed the gap in this example, it wouldn't be hard to go through all the voting records and look for fishy things such as each vote occuring at an exact interval, all votes coming from a few computers, etc...

It's not hard to manipulate most voting/polling results online.  What's hard is to do it without getting caught.

The Baughz

March 8th, 2013 at 11:36 AM ^

They never expected Ryan Swope? to be in the finals and realize that by having Denard on the cover it will greatly increase sales of the game. So why not have some intern sift through all those votes and delete the fraudulent ones to make it more "legitimate." EA is going to do whatever it takes to get Denard on the cover. He is a house hold name and is one of the most popular college football players in the last decade. Plus he is a great kid and deserves this honor. Not to say Swope doesnt deserve it, but most casual fans have no idea who he is. Plus A&M did cheat so I can almost guarantee Denard will win this thing. 

Anyone know exactly when this ends? I know it's today, but just not sure of the exact time.


March 8th, 2013 at 12:52 PM ^

This is a tactic tons of online polls use. By saying that they are only counting "legitimate" votes, they give themselves permission to choose whoever they want as the winner and say it was because the other one didn't have enough "legitimate" votes. It really happens all the time, in all sorts of votes. Good news for Michigan fans at the very least, because we all know who EA wants on the cover, and it's not some unknown WR from A&M.