SAG Voice Acting Strike Continues, But Do People Still Care?
(Last Updated On: February 26, 2017)

A recent article on Gamasutra reminded the gaming industry that the SAG-AFTRA voice actor strike is still continuing, with the union still targeting the 11 video game publishing studios.

They pull quotes from a rep for the publishers who explained why they haven’t modified their deal any further than what they offered SAG back during the initial phases of the strike. The rep, Sam Singer, explained…

“We have calculated that video game performers are less than one-tenth of 1 percent of all the people who work on video games,” […] “We can’t reward one set of people and not take into account 99 percent of other people who don’t have that kind of compensation. It’s not fair to the vast majority.”

Minority versus majority. It seems to be a common theme in the art and media world as of late.

SAG proposed that for every 2 million unit sales voice actors get a percentage of the royalties. Publishers quickly shot down that proposal and offered a counter proposal involving higher upfront payment regardless of the size of the project, more session breaks, fewer sessions, and more job security. However, SAG denied the counter offer.

Famed composer Tommy Tallarico, who did the original soundtrack for Out of this World, posed the possibility of creating a major rift in how employees at major studios are compensated if the royalty factor was taken into consideration, saying…

“What if actors get royalties and the programmers don’t? You can imagine what that could trigger. The reality is that it should.”

However, outside of sites heavily entrenched in progressive politics, the rest of the gaming world seems to be moving on as if nothing’s happened.

Press releases summarily haven’t changed. Other voice actors outside of SAG are still regularly getting work; heck just recently Scarlet Moon Productions announced that Nier: Automata vocalists Emi Evans joined their artist roster.

Emi Evans

Scarlet Moon Productions producer Jayson Napolitano explained that not only did Evans join their roster, but they’ve already secured her new projects, stating…

“I’ve been following Emi’s work since her first foray into games with the Etrian Odyssey 2 arrange album,” […] “It’s such a huge honor to work with her in this capacity, and we already have new projects in the works!”

If you only read certain websites with an agenda to push, the SAG strike might seem like a huge deal, but the whole thing seems to have fizzled for as far as discussions are concerned inside the actual gaming community. The PerformanceMatters hashtag hasn’t been trending for a while, and any progress or involvement with the strike has sort of faded from large social media discussions outside of the SAG circles.

The real question becomes: how long will SAG keep it up before the strike is readily forgotten by everyone not involved with it?


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  • diamond

    I keep forgetting the strike even exists, because people have far more important things to worry about like Trump self-destructing and becoming Nixon 2.0

  • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

    Is this still a thing?

  • Pratim Gupta

    At this point i’m like,

    “they betrayed me, they didn’t keep their promise, they tricked me and i don’t even care anymore, oh hi mark”

  • MusouTensei

    Why should I care about these irrelevant people?

  • Kyle Haddad

    answer is no. The general public do not care anymore. And that’s a valuable asset to the sag-aftra. if nobody else talks about it, then the companies will only listen to the Sag-aftra.

    • diamond

      Well yeah, the general public has way more important things to worry about, like our incompetent and unqualified president. Compared to that a voice actors strike ranks pretty low on most people’s priorities list.

      • Chris Schwartz-Brown

        So what have you done about Trump being president today? Since no one else is allowed to have opinions about any other issues, I have to assume that means you spend every waking hour out there organizing and coordinating protests and registering voters, because if so you’re right, you do have bigger things to worry about than a voice actor’s strike.

        If, on the other hand, you spend your entire day alternately playing video games, watching youtube videos about video games, then going online to argue with people about video games and why they’re stupid cock suckers for not liking Ubisoft open world games as much as you or for ever having a positive opinion on a Nintendo product that Yahtzee didn’t like, maybe realize that you have no room to cast aspersions on anyone else’s decision to take a few minutes out of their day to have an opinion on important labor issues in an industry they care about and effecting voice actors that help make the products they enjoy.

        Or do I need to go find some videos of Jim Sterling or Yahtzee or TotalBiscuit telling you it’s okay to care about this issue for you to have an opinion on it?

        • diamond

          Stupid cocksucker, never said no one else was allowed to have opinions dumbfuck.

          Unlike you I actually have a job and I don’t spend all bitching and whining like you do.

          You are the dumbest motherfucker on the planet.

          Maybe you realize you have no room to act like a total cock-head towards others do not share your opinions for no good reasons.

          No, you need to watch a video telling you what a fucking idiot you are.

        • diamond

          Wow you really like to follow me around don’t you? You’re a bit of a stalker aren’t you? That’s kind of creepy, i’m guessing you’re not too popular with women.

  • Caio Pontes

    What a fantastic idea. Let us, the ones who matter least to the success of a game, ostracize the people who are giving us work!

  • Gorgon

    The absurdity of this strike is evident to anybody who stops to think about it for a second. I don’t know what SAG expected here.

    • diamond

      Right, nobody buys games because of voice-actors, that’s just the honest truth.