A number of companies being targetted by the voice actors strike including Activision, Disney, Blindlight, Insomniac Games, Warner Brothers Games, Electronic Arts, Take-Two, Formosa Interactive and VoiceWorks Productions, known purely as “Video Game Companies”, have launched a website at sagaftravideogames.com which criticizes the voice actors’ union SAG-AFTRA over their decision to strike.
The site claims that the differences between both sides at the negotiating table were negligible but that the union had “never communicated what was on the table” to its union members before deciding to walk away from the negotiating table.
Our offer of a 9% wage increase accelerates the entire payment into the first year – an improvement over the three-year, 3% per year increase that the Union was seeking. It also includes for the first time Additional Compensation for Principal Performers (who work on more than one session on a game).
This structure for Additional Compensation is so close to what SAG-AFTRA is demanding monetarily that we believe most performers would conclude the differences are not worth striking over.
The site also includes a breakdown of what the publishers were offering and what SAG-AFTRA wanted including wage increases, transparency and relief from vocal stress. They even released an easy on the eyes comparison chart which you can check out here.
SAG-AFTRA has responded to the site, calling on the publishers to take down the “counterfeit” site stating that they had
Issued a demand to the public relations representative and negotiations attorney for the 11 video game corporations the union is striking. The demand directs the PR rep to immediately cease infringing the union’s trademark and desist in its promotion of a deceptive website that masquerades as a SAG-AFTRA communications platform.
Citing the potential for confusion generated around the game companies’ use of SAG-AFTRA trademarks on this website and the absurdity of attempting such disingenuous tactics, union counsel issued a demand ordering the take down of the counterfeit website.
The sagaftravideogames.com website remains online and is receiving updates as the strike continues.