A few weeks ago, we learned there was talk of video game voice actors going on strike. The union of voice actors, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), has now voted on the matter, and the strike has been approved. 96.52% of union members voted in favor of the strike, easily surpassing the 75% minimum requirement.
However, that doesn’t mean that there will actually be a strike just yet. According to SAG-AFTRA,
“the referendum result does not mean that members are on strike, rather, it gives the National Board the authority to declare a strike.” For now, the union is just returning to the negotiating table with gaming publishers.
The union has been attempting to reach an agreement with these publishers since their previous deal expired on December 31st, 2014. They are now fighting to secure extra bonuses for high-selling games, stunt pay for voice-straining performances, stunt coordinators if physical actions are required, and more transparency in job listings for voice actors. Now that a strike has been approved, SAG-AFTRA can hopefully play that card to help reach terms more favorable to the industry’s vocal artists.
We’ll have to wait and see if the strike becomes necessary. Until then, how do you think things will work out? Should the union go on strike? Or do you think they’re asking for too much? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!