Earlier this week, we reported about the possibility of SAG-AFTRA, the union of voice actors, going on strike. They’ve been unable to reach an agreement with major game publishers over a number items, but most prominently work conditions.

A statement on the official site for the organization says they’ve spent more than 19 months trying to reach agreement and that came to a head yesterday. Those negotiations failed to prove a positive solution, so the group announced the strike this morning.

“SAG-AFTRA has gone to the negotiations table with serious concerns affecting voiceover and stunt performers,” said SAG-AFTRA Chief Contracts Officer Ray Rodriguez in a release on the official website. “It’s time for video game employers to take our proposals seriously and negotiate a modern contract based on actor safety, industry precedent and best practices.”

Here a list the specific issues according to a statement on the official site.

  • Contingent Compensation
  • Safety on the Set
  • Producers Hide Important Information
  • Voice Actors Face Debilitating Injury
  • Employers Are Not Taking Us Seriously

SAG-AFTRA plans to hold a picket line outside of the Playa Vista office of Electronic Arts.

Nicole Tanner

Nicole Tanner

Nicole has been playing games her entire life. Now that she's a mom, she's passionate about promoting games as a healthy pastime to other parents around the globe. She has been an editor at IGN, where she launched and hosted the Girlfight podcast. In her spare time (which is not very much, honestly) she enjoys gaming, reading, and writing fiction. Most of the time she’s a mom to a crazy, intelligent, and exhausting little girl.