Oct 8th, 2015


One of the most unique aspects of modern games is the performance that many voice actors give, bringing digital characters to life across the world for millions of players. There’s been a bit of a kerfuffle between those actors and the industry however, as many high profile names have gone on record saying they support the notion of striking to negotiate better pay, one of those being additional compensation for games that sell past a certain threshold.

The vote needed 75% of members of SAG-AFTRA–the union responsible for representation–but according to sources, an overwhelming majority of 96.52% members voted yes to a possible strike. This gives the union a better bargaining position for negotiations. So what are some of the concessions the union wants for its actors?

According to the report, SAG wants to secure residual payments for its actors who star in games selling more than 2 million copies. Additionally, any actors that are required to do risky motion-capture shoots will have a stunt coordinator on set to ensure no one gets hurt while recording. Stunt pay is also on the table, as vocally stressful roles that require shouting or screaming can place undue stress on an actor’s voice.

Several high-profile voice actors have supported the notion publically, including Wil Wheaton, who provided the voice of Abraham Lincoln in Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Other high-profile stars include Jennifer Hale, David Hayter, Steve Blum, and Tara Strong. Troy Baker and Nolan North, arguably the two most recognizable names in video game voice acting, have remained silent about the issue.

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