NEWS - SAG-AFTRA Game Strike Draws to a Tentative Close
Reported by NCZ on Mon Sep 25 2017

SAG-AFTRA has signed a tentative agreement, ending their strike against 11 video game companies that began last October.

A new bonus structure has been formed - on the release date of a game, voice actors will be paid according to the number of sessions they recorded: $75 for their first, and a total of $2,100 for 10 sessions.

In addition, they have struck deals to continue working with game companies on the matter of vocal stress, as well as greater improvements in transparency. Companies will be required to disclose the game's codename, its genre, and whether it is part of an established IP and/or involves the reprisal of a previous role. As well, voice actors will also be notified if the work contains potentially offensive or uncomfortable material such as profanity, racial slurs, violent/sexual material, and if stunts are required.

"This is an important advance in this critical industry space. We secured a number of gains including for the first time, a secondary payment structure which was one of the members' key concerns," said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. "The courage of our members and their fortitude these many months has been admirable and I salute them. We are always stronger together."

Says Keythe Farley, chair of the SAG-AFTRA Interactive Negotiating Committee, "The bonus payments we have now are significantly larger now than what we had 11 months ago. And the existence of additional payments beyond your session fee is in the video game world for good, both in our high-budget and independent promulgated agreements. Those are the victories that this strike has brought us."

Residuals, a key focus of the strike, were not negotiated, but nonetheless the remainder of these agreements are a step forward for voice actors working in the game industry. SAG-AFTRA will review the contract in its October meeting to finalize things.



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said at 7:59 PM on Wed Nov 1 2017
 1 Shout Out!
It's a start at least. I'd hate to get called in, and not know what I'm in for.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 8:47 AM on Sun Oct 8 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
Well, this is a bit of good news. Even though one of the agreements that were hoped for haven't been reached yet, it's good that most of what they agreed on has been implemented into the industry.
King Marth 64
said at 10:27 PM on Wed Oct 4 2017
Is this considered a bad news or is it a good news?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:05 AM on Thu Oct 5 2017
@King Marth 64

It's not the best-case scenario but it's better than how they started out at least.
said at 4:54 PM on Mon Oct 2 2017
So does this mean that VAs such as Steve Blum, Jennifer Hale, Laura Bailey, Phil LaMarr etc. will start to resurface in upcoming series and game in the near future>
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:35 PM on Mon Oct 2 2017

When did they unsurface?
Shaun Ince
said at 8:06 PM on Mon Oct 2 2017
@doodlebugfour They never unsurfaced to begin with. All of those guys still did voice work on video games while the strike was going. If this had gone on for a few more years, maybe we might have seen a drop off of those actors in video games.
said at 9:46 AM on Thu Sep 28 2017
 4 Shout Outs!
It could have gone better, but it's a decent start.
Shaun Ince
said at 9:46 PM on Wed Sep 27 2017
 10 Shout Outs!
While they might not have got the residual pay, I like the implementation of these bonus payments. Also I'm glad they agreed on the transparency issue since that was one thing voice actors were pushing for. A lot of the time, they don't know what they're in for. Now they'll know what game they're doing voice work for.

As it stands now, I don't think there will be another strike, though I'm glad that they got most of what they wanted.
said at 10:31 PM on Fri Sep 29 2017
@Shaun Ince There should still be a push for royalties though.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:04 PM on Fri Sep 29 2017

Please bear in mind this is no way meant to be a slight towards the voice actors themselves, since I'm thankful they managed to at least get some progress done and in an ideal world would have their share of the royalties. That being said, as someone who follows the game industry that closely, hoping for companies like WB, Activision, and EA to be less stingy about royalties and general pennypinching is basically a lost cause.
Shaun Ince
said at 10:12 AM on Sun Oct 1 2017
@Aussieroth To be honest, while I would have been open & supportive of that, at the same time, you would have needed to convince the big dog gaming publishers to implement royalty payments. The big companies like EA & Activision would never agree to it. Be glad that they agreed to give them the bonus payments. It's better than nothing.
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