Gaming Voice Actor Strike Possible Due To Bad Working Conditions

It is possible that Unionised Video Game Voice Actors will go on strike to protest against bad working conditions. The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA, or the union of voice actors) have been attempting to negotiate for better working conditions for their members since the beginning of this year. Due to the lack of change, voice actors are now voting as to whether they want to go on strike or not. This vote will close October 5th and will determine whether the Strike will happen.

The Union released a statement summarising their demands which consisted of three main points.

Performance Bonus: Gives voice actors a bonus for every 2 million copies sold worldwide, with an 8 million copy maximum.

Vocal Stress and Stunt Coordination: This will entitle the voice actor to get stunt pay when a job requires the actor to perform something that may be strenuous and harmful to their vocal chords. They also want stunt coordinators on set when these jobs happen.

More detailed Job specifications: They want to be given more information on the projects that they may be working on. Such as whether there is offensive content, how many sessions should it take, how long will sessions be, etc.

Among the Union are well known voice actors like Xander Mobus, famous for voicing the announcer in Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS,  and Steve Blum. Both have expressed their support for the strike using social media hashtags #performancematters and #IAmOnBoard2015

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