Video game voice actors have now authorised a strike through their union, SAG-AFTRA.
The strike motion obtained 96.52 percent of union members voting in favour, well above the 75 percent required for the strike to be approved.
The Negotiating Committee will now return to the table with various publishers to pen up a new agreement. The previous contract expired on the 31st December 2014 and negotiations in February and June of this year failed to meet the unions expectations.
The union was pushing for actors receiving residuals from games that sell over 2 million copies, stunt coordinators for motion capture shoots and stunt pay for “vocally stressful” recording sessions.
SAG-AFTRA noted in their announcement
It is important to note that the referendum result does not mean that members are on strike, rather, it gives the National Board the authority to declare a strike. A 75% “yes” vote was required to give the National Board that authority.
With this result in hand, the Negotiating Committee will seek to return to the bargaining table and continue to press for a fair resolution on behalf of performers working in video games. The Interactive Media Agreement expired on December 31, 2014. Bargaining sessions held in February and June of this year failed to produce an agreement.
Some of the more prominent names behind the strike vote include Jennifer Hale (Mass Effect “FemShep”), Ashly Burch (Borderlands 2 “Tiny Tina”), Wil Wheaton (Broken Age “Curtis The Lumberjack”), David Hayter (Metal Gear Solid “Solid Snake”), Sarah Elmaleh (Gone Home “Katie”), Tara Strong (Batman: Arkham City “Harley Quinn”).