After eleven months of negotiations, the video game voice actors union strike may finally be at its end, with the Screen Actors’ Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and unionised voice actors reaching a tentative agreement regarding bonuses, work-related protections, and so on.
This new deal will allow these unionised actors to get back to work after very close to a year on the bench, a time-out which has impacted a number of high profile developers and publishers including Activision, Disney, EA, Insomniac Games, and Take 2, and the SAG-AFTRA’s longest ever strike. As part of the deal, voice actors will now receive better bonuses based on number of return recording sessions, as well as protections regarding more transparency about what an upcoming job will entail – more information regarding the nature of the voice work they will be doing, for example, like if there’s adult content, or puts extra strain on the voice, and such.
It’s a strike which for many has gone by unnoticed, although it affected high profile actors like Life Is Strange‘s Ashly Burch, who as a member of SAG-AFTRA was unable to reprise her role as Chloe in the prequel Before the Storm – for those involved it’s been a hard struggle for fair treatment.
For the agreement confirmation sent to members of SAG-AFTRA, head over to their official page.