Reports and Twitter activity are suggesting that several prominent video game voice actors may go on strike to protest for better conditions and pay.
SAG-AFTRA, the union for actors, is currently considering a strike action to resolve current complaints about how voice actors are treated and dealt with in the video game industry.
Members of the union are seeking better back-end bonus rates, with a proposal that bonuses trigger every 2 million sales, to protect smaller publishers. There are also calls for stunt coordinators and stunt pay, as more and more voice acting performances require motion capture.
More information about the strike is available on the SAG-AFTRA website.
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) September 22, 2015
Standing by fellow actors and friends. #PerformanceMatters. If you'd like actors who work on videogames to be treated well, you should too.
— Elias Toufexis (@EliasToufexis) September 22, 2015
— Jennifer Hale (@jhaletweets) September 22, 2015
— Gideon Emery (@gideonemery) September 22, 2015
Voice acting in video games requires a special skill set that producers don't seem to appreciate…#iAmOnBoard2015
— Sean Schemmel (@SeanSchemmel) September 22, 2015
— tara strong (@tarastrong) September 22, 2015
75% of voting members would need to approve the strike for it to go ahead. We will have more on this if the strike goes ahead.
Thanks, Game Informer.