Videogame Voice Actor Strike Officially Over

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The videogame voice actor strike has officially ended after the voice actor union, SAG-AFTRA, voted to end the action.

In September a ‘tentative agreement’ was made to end the voice actor strike, however it is only now that a full vote has taken place, with over 90% of union members voting in favour of the agreement.

The main points of the agreement are related to receiving additional payments for number of sessions worked, transparency related to the name of the project being worked upon or the content of the project, and a commitment from employers to work with SAG-AFTRA over the issue of voice stress:

“The terms of the tentative agreement, which was reached on September 22, include a new bonus structure that provides additional payments to performers based on number of sessions worked. The bonus payments, which are due no later than the release date of the game, begin with an additional $75 payment on the first session and totaling $2,100 after 10 sessions worked.

The deal also contains new transparency provisions that will enhance the bargaining power of our members’ representatives by requiring the companies to disclose the code name of project, its genre, whether the game is based on previously published intellectual property and whether the performer is reprising a prior role. Members are also protected by the disclosure of whether they will be required to use unusual terminology, profanity or racial slurs, whether there will be content of a sexual or violent nature and whether stunts will be required.

In addition, the deal includes an employer commitment to continue working with SAG-AFTRA on the issue of vocal stress during the term of the agreement.”

The full statement from SAG-AFTRA can be seen here.