Video game voice actors are now on strike

Video game voice and mocap actors are now on strike after two years of contract renegotiation

Videogame voice actors are now on strike

Video game voice actors are now on strike

Video game voice actors and motion capture performers from the SAG-AFTRA union are now on strike after two years of contract renegotiations. 
The union has issued a strike notice bulletin on their website after the union was unable to reach an agreement with major publishers over the new contract.  This strike will be against the following publishers, where the union's members are called to withhold their services and not consent to the re-use of their prior work from October 21st. 
  • - Activision Productions, Inc.
  • - Blindlight, LLC
  • - Corps of Discovery Films, Inc.
  • - Electronic Arts Productions, Inc.
  • - Disney Character Voices, Inc.
  • - Formosa Interactive LLC
  • - Insomniac Games, Inc.
  • - Interactive Associates, Inc.
  • - Take 2 Productions, Inc.
  • - VoiceWorks Productions, Inc.
  • - WB Games, Inc.
The disruption caused by this strike is expected to be minimal on the video game industry as a whole, as only the above publishers are affected and the strike will only apply to games that went into production after February 17th, 2015. 
Less than 25% of games on the market feature performers from the SAG-AFTRA union, which again limits the effect of this strike action. 


Videogame voice actors are now on strike


This contract renegotiation has taken place due to many changes that have taken place within the industry since their current contract template was put into place in the 1990's, back when voice acting was a rare feature in video games.  

One of the big features that actors have cried out for is transparency on what game they will be working on, as developers typically want to keep their future development plans secret. This means that voice actors need o decide on whether or not they will work on a game without knowing exactly what the game is, which is unheard of for any other acting contracts. 

Secondary compensation is another factor that is being considered for a new contract, as right now voice actors do not stand to make any additional money if their performance results in a game selling a large number of units. Good voice acting can make or break a single player game, making voice actors vital for the success of single player games. 


      As you might know, the Interactive Media Agreement was first negotiated by SAG and AFTRA in the mid-1990s, and this agreement is still the template we use today despite radical changes in what we are required to do on set and in the recording studio.

We’re looking to bring this long-standing agreement into the 21st Century


At this time we do not know exactly how long this strike action will take place, but we hope that it will result in a new contract that will function well for both developers and acting talent alike. 


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Most Recent Comments

24-10-2016, 12:40:42

Hmm, hopefully this doesn't have major repercussions on some of the games I'm really looking forward to in the coming months :/Quote

24-10-2016, 20:45:04

Not a big deal. Just hire other actors. Unions don't work when they have no power. Very few have enough power to do anythingQuote

24-10-2016, 23:18:10

Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Not a big deal. Just hire other actors. Unions don't work when they have no power. Very few have enough power to do anything
This. Fact is, the only way that unions can have power is by all the workers in that industry being members.

Without that, they have nothing.Quote

24-10-2016, 23:22:07

If anything these publishers will end up saving money and just let the Unions go. I bet right now they aren't even trying to negotiate. No need to. Once those actors realize this won't work and there families start to go hungry.. they'll cave. Always do. Seen this happen nearly every year for the past 5 or 6 years.Quote

25-10-2016, 11:42:13

I think these actors have an over inflated idea of their own in importance.

Maybe they should spare a thought for people doing manual labouring jobs day in day out.Quote

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