Members of the media professionals’ union, SAG-AFTRA, who work in video game voice acting, have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action. The trade union made the announcement on Wednesday, in a message sent to members.
The statement said: “We are pleased to report that the Interactive Media Agreement Strike Authorization Referendum was a resounding success with 96.52% of members voting in favor of the referendum.
“It is important to note that the referendum result does not mean that members are on strike, rather, it gives the National Board the authority to declare a strike. A 75% “yes” vote was required to give the National Board that authority.”
The union has been negotiating with the games industry over renewal of their members’ contracts. Their demands include rights to royalties for voice work, as well as the equivalent of stunt pay for particularly demanding recording sessions.
Turnout for the ballot is unknown, and the union states it will not proceed with strike action without first consulting the community.