Video Game Voice Actors Set To Strike
The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists has announced the results of a vote to strike. With 96.52% of members voting in favour of the Interactive Media Agreement Strike Authorization Referendum. This grants the National Board to declare a strike if necessary.
The referendum took place as a result of continuing negotiations with developers such as Electronic Arts, Activision, Disney and Warner Bros. concerning the treatment of performers working in video games. The Guild’s Interactive Committee met with publishers during February this year to renegotiate a new agreement.
The agreement that was in place prior to these negotiations had been in place was signed and has been in place since the mid 1990’s, the new agreement hopes to implement a better bonus payment scheme for every 2 million units or downloads a game sells with a cap at 8 million as well as tackle concerns about “Vocal Stress” by implementing a two hour cap on “Vocally Stressful” recording sessions. The new agreement will also allow a more transparent auditioning process and also have stunt coordinators be required on set to assist performance capture actors.