By Walter P / October 21st, 2016
Starting today the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) have begun a strike against a number of companies. The strike will effect any game that began production after February 17, 2015. Here is a list of the companies that will the strike is directed toward:
•Activision Publishing Inc.
•Corps of Discovery Films
•Disney Character Voices, Inc.
•Electronic Arts Productions, Inc.
•Formosa Interactive, LLC
•Insomniac Games, Inc.
•Interactive Associates, Inc.
•Take 2 Interactive Software
•VoiceWorks Productions, Inc.
•WB Games, Inc
This is what was said in regards to why the strike began:
“SAG-AFTRA tried for more than 19 months to negotiate a new deal with employers in the video game industry. Meanwhile, performers have been governed by the more than two-decade old contract still in place. That has left voice actors without the protections necessary to work in the modern video game industry. “SAG-AFTRA has gone to the negotiations table with serious concerns affecting voiceover and stunt performers,” said SAG-AFTRA Chief Contracts Officer Ray Rodriguez. “It’s time for video game employers to take our concerns seriously and negotiate a modern contract based on actor safety, industry precedent and best practices.” “SAG-AFTRA doesn’t want to strike, who does? But we cannot stand by and watch our members suffer serious injury and put their careers at risk in the current environment,” said Keythe Farley, a voice actor, casting director, and voice director who chairs SAG-AFTRA’s Interactive Committee. “The time is now for a new contract for our members.”
If you’re interested in learning a bit more about the strike you follow a link below to the PDF file that was put out by SAG-AFTRA.