SAG-AFTRA, the union representing voice actors in video games announced plans to end its 11 month strike against 11 video game companies after reaching a “tentative agreement” with the 11 companies affected, some of which are Activision, Insomniac, and Electronic Arts. Having begun in October of 2016, this strike goes on record as the longest in all of the Screen Actors Guild history and the only for video game performing artists. After picketing on multiple fronts agreements were reached to improve compensation, disclosure of work details, and health protections for union members. Not all demands were met, with a significant back-end payment program not meeting the cut, but multiple other breakthroughs were made. The recent agreed upon terms are:
- A new bonus structure that “provides an addition payment to performers.”
- This payment, which must be delivered no later than a game’s release date, is calculated by the number of recording sessions an actor worked on a title.
- It starts with a $75 payment for the first session and runs up to $2,100 after 10 sessions.
This does not mark the end of the deal making process with more remaining to be decided. A SAG-AFTRA board meeting in October will review and possibly confirm details. When all is said and done, the new contract will be in place for three years.
“The courage of our members and their fortitude these many months has been admirable and I salute them. We are always stronger together.” SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement.