Actors who provide voices, motion capturing and stunts have gone on strike in the USA over a row to do with their pay.
The union that represents them, Sag-Aftra has called for the strike after releasing a statement saying employers had, “steadfastly refused to reach a fair deal” during negotiations.
Big companies involved
Companies affected include Activision, EA and Disney. Their lawyers have said that an improved pay offer of 9% was rejected. The union has said that unlike film actors, game voice talent does not receive any additional payment if the game is a financial success. “We are demanding a simple back-end payment that would be capped and apply only to successful games,” was the response from Sag-Aftra in their official statement.
Industry not crippled
Not all video game producers are involved in the strike, and any game will not be affected that went into production before February 2015. It is not known how long the strike will last, with the union demanding a fairer deal. They state that the highest grossing games make more money than blockbuster movies.
Whose side are you on in the strike?
The strike has garnered plenty of support on Twitter, and Neil Granger who had voice roles in games like Assassin’s Creed: Unity and Risen spoke to BBC Newsbeat about the strike. He says, “The lead actors in big games are often working as intensively as the lead actors would in big films.”
Do you think that voice actors deserve a bigger share in the success of the multi-billion dollar gaming industry? Or do you think that these people need to wake up and try the real world of 8 hour plus working days? Opinions are sometimes split, and this row doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon.
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