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After a year of striking, countless career sacrifices, and some thorny negotiating, the video game voice actors of the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) finally came to a tentative agreement with the 11 struck game companies yesterday. Without some big demands met, it's easy to consider the tentative agreement a disappointment. Looking at the specifics, though, it's clear that SAG-AFTRA's small victories indicate steps forward in an industry that certainly isn't known for its progressive labour practices.
After nearly a year striking, unionised video game voice actors just tentatively agreed to end their boycott against 11 games companies, a new Screen Actors' Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) press release said today. Voice actors had demanded residual payments, better protections for their voices, and more transparency about what projects they were working on and, in the tentative agreement, received much, but not all, of what they asked for.
As the longest strike in Screen Actors Guild history chugs on, video game voice actors are making painful career sacrifices to show solidarity with their union. 234 days into the strike, after Microsoft announced Life Is Strange: Before The Storm, fans immediately sussed out that award-winning voice actress and SAG-AFTRA member Ashly Burch will not reprise her original role as the rebellious teen Chloe.
Yesterday at the Game Awards, Uncharted voice actor Nolan North made some vague and puzzling remarks referencing the recent voice actors' strike during his acceptance speech for "Best Performance". Throughout the web, his comments were interpreted as criticism of the strike. But was that really what he was trying to say?
As we reported yesterday, EA's offices were picketed early this morning. It's all part of the voice actors' guild strike, which is targeting 11 companies that includes Activision, Insomniac Games, Disney, and more.
But the strike doesn't affect every game, only those that went into production after February 17, 2015. And as you'd expect, quite a few of those projects haven't been announced yet.
The ongoing strike between the voice actors guild, SAG-AFTRA, and the 11 companies that they failed to reach agreement with -- which includes Activision, Disney, Take Two and Insomniac Games -- is set to ramp up a notch this week, with members of the union set to picket outside EA's Los Angeles studio tomorrow morning.