Video Game Voice Actors Set Strike Date Update

first_img Update (10/21/2016): As of this moment, video game actors have gone on strike. The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists voted last Sunday to set October 21 at 12:01 as the deadline for reaching an agreement with video game publishers. Since no agreement was reached, the strike is underway.As was stated before by the video game publishers, this will not affect any video game currently in production. We’ll keep you all updated on developments as they unfold.Original story: The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists will go on strike this Friday if ongoing negotiations with video game publishers fail to produce a contract that is acceptable.The Union voted on October 7 to strike, with more than 96 percent of its members supporting the decision. This gave SAG-AFTRA’s National Board the option to declare a strike, which it did yesterday. The Union will be striking against some of the biggest video game publishers including Activision, Electronic Arts, Insomniac Games, Take 2 Interactive, WB Games, and more. If a deal cannot be reached by Friday, all games that went into production after February 17, 2015, will be struck.Shortly after SAG-AFTRA made this announcement, a statement on behalf of the publishers was released which chastised the union for its course of action. “We are deeply disappointed to learn today of the Union’s threatened a strike and its unilateral violation of the mutually agreed-upon ‘news black-out’ on negotiation discussions,” read the statement.The @sagaftra National Board of Directors has set a strike date against video game employers for this Friday, October 21 at 12:01 a.m.— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) October 17, 2016“We consider the Union’s threatened labor action to call a strike precipitous, unnecessary and an action that will only harm their membership,” the statement went on to say. “SAG-AFTRA represents performers in less than 25% of the video games on the market. Any strike would not only deny SAG-AFTRA’s membership work, but this would also give their competitors, who do not engage union talent, a leg up while any strike would be in place.”The battle between SAG-AFTRA and video game publishers has been going on for some time. The two parties do not agree on how agents (actors) are treated and compensated for their contribution to whatever game they are working on. One notable demand is for actors to know the name of the game they would be working on. This is a sticking point for publishers who try to keep the names of projects secret. A full list of the union’s demands can be read here.It is hard to say how things will turn out with this situation, but the publishers believe if there is a strike that it wouldn’t hurt any upcoming projects. Video games “are already in production and the majority will be unaffected by any SAG-AFTRA strike, due to the nature of the ‘no strike provisions’ of the collective bargaining agreement. We anticipate the minimal impact on current and near-future game releases,” said the statement. Stay on target Sealed Copy of NES Cult Classic ‘Kid Icarus’ Earns $9K at AuctionStudy: Two-Thirds of Online Gamers Experience ‘Severe’ Harassment last_img read more