SAG-AFTRA is seeking authorization to strike against the video game companies, now, too

SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher
SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher

SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher

Because one major industry-shaking strike just wasn’t enough, SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher announced today that the actors union is requesting authorization to strike against several of the planet’s biggest video game publishers, too. Negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and several big-name publishers—including Electronic Arts, WB Games, Activision, and more—have apparently reached a “stalemate,” according to a union statement, which means the union is seeking permission from its members for another strike.

SAG-AFTRA’s contract with games publishers was actually supposed to expire last year, but was extended so that the two groups could continue negotiations over increased revenue for voice actors and, you guessed it, protections against the use of AI technology. In her statement to press today (per Variety), Drescher said that, “Once again artificial intelligence is putting our members in jeopardy of reducing their opportunity to work. And once again, SAG-AFTRA is standing up to tyranny on behalf of its members.” The union is also pushing for additional safety precautions to be adopted for its members while recording and filming for games, a process which has increasingly incorporated motion capture as technology advances to use more of an actor’s performance.

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