Voice actors threaten strike against EA, Activision, and nine other companies

Last fall, members of the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) union publicly considered going on strike in an effort to secure better protection and pay for physically demanding work. This year, the group is threatening to strike, though its targets are a bit more specific: EA, Activision, and nine other industry employers.

On the organization's website, a post claims that union heads will be meeting this week to negotiate contracts "rooted in industry standards and best practices," and that, "unless you hear differently from us, effective Oct. 21 at 12:01 a.m., you should be prepared to strike the following video game employers with regard to all games that went into production after Feb. 17, 2015:

Activision Publishing, Inc.​​
Blindlight, LLC
Corps of Discovery Films
Disney Character Voices, Inc.
Electronic Arts Productions, Inc.​
Formosa Interactive, LLC
​Insomniac Games, Inc. ​
Interactive Associates, Inc.
Take 2Interactive Software​ ​
VoiceWorks Productions, Inc.​
​WB Games, Inc."

The post does not specify exactly what the union is seeking in these contract negotiations, though previous demands included performance bonuses on games that sold more than 2 million copies, a clear definition between voice actor and motion capture actors, and the aforementioned compensation for physically demanding voice work (such as loud screams).

Actors like Tara Strong, Steve Blum, and Jennifer Hale have expressed their solidarity with the union under the hashtag #performancematters on Twitter. Even Steven Ogg, AKA Trevor Phillips, AKA that guy in his underwear you saw on this site, has given his support.

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