We previously reported on the video game voice actors union SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) threatening to go on strike, should negotiations for better working conditions fall through.
Now, it seems like talks with various big video game publishers has once again come to a halt, as the union has officially gone on strike. According to the official SAG-AFTRA website, the strike will launch today, at 12:01 AM Pacific, today.
Video game companies targeted by the strike include:
- 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 2 Interactive Software
- VoiceWorks Productions, Inc.
- WB Games, Inc.
SAG-AFTRA has also shared a list of all the involved video games related to the strike. The union is striking for better payrates, less stressful performance or vocal sessions, more clarity between auditions and projects, stunt coordinators during mo-cap sessions, and more.
Various SAG-AFTRA members will actually picket in front of the Electronic Arts building in Playa Vista, CA at 10:30 AM Pacific this coming Monday, October 24th.
The voice actors for the strike include the likes of Jennifer Hale (Mass Effect), David Hayter (Metal Gear Solid), Steve Blum (Vanquish), Elias Toufexis (Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided), and more.