Actors in Hollywood have approved strike action against video game developers. or video game companies, upping the stakes in a pay and benefits conflict.
SAG-AFTRA said that 98% of its members opted to quit if video game company discussions fail.
SAG-AFTRA wants higher compensation, residuals, and health insurance for video game voice and stunt performers. The union claims that video game corporations are generating billions while underpaying performers.
Video game makers have stated they’ll negotiate, but not all of SAG-AFTRA’s requests.
A strike would hurt the billion-dollar video gaming business. “God of War: Ragnarok” and “Starfield,” two of the year’s largest games, are in development.
Organizing video game employees has been difficult for SAG-AFTRA, so a strike would be a test. The union believes its members will support a strike if required.
Video game actors are becoming frustrated, as seen by the strike vote. They are eager to fight for higher wages and perks.
SAG-AFTRA and video game businesses may reach an agreement before a strike. However, the strike vote demonstrates that both sides will battle for their interests.
Sources: (USA Today)