American Federation of Television and Radio Artists has announced the results of a vote to strike, with 96.52% of the members voted in favour of the Interactive Media Agreement Strike Authorization Referendum.

SAG-AFTRA notes that this result does not mean that members are currently on strike, but it gives the union the right to declare a strike if they remain unhappy with their ongoing contract disputes with first and third-party publishers in the video game industry.

Last week, popular voice actors like Jennifer Hale, Ashly Burch, and David Hayter have shown public support of better standards for voice actors in games via the #PerformanceMatters and #IAmOnBoard2015 hashtags.

“With this result in hand, the Negotiating Committee will seek to return to the bargaining table and continue to press for a fair resolution on behalf of performers working in video games,” explained SAG-AFTRA in its statement.


The union’s list of demands includes residuals for titles that sell over two million units, stunt pay for vocally stressful recording sessions, and a stunt coordinator present on set during performance capture. These demands can be viewed on their website.

The interactive Media Agreement expired on December 31st, 2014. Members of the SAG-AFTRA acting union were called to vote back in September.

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