Few stories have affected the media landscape over the past few months than the strikes by WGA (writers) and SAG-AFTRA (actors) against film and television giants in Hollywood. While the WGA is finally winding down its strike, striking a tentative deal with executives after prolonged negotiations, SAG-AFTRA’s battle continues – and now the actors are bringing the fight to gaming, as its members have authorized a strike over the Interactive Media Agreement the union has with game companies.
With 27.47% of eligible voters participating, a whopping 98.32% of them authorized the strike. Authorizing a strike is different from starting a strike, and negotiations over the IMA (which have been ongoing since October 2022) will continue. The union can now call a strike at any time if the signatory video game companies refuse to agree to terms.
The strike over the gaming agreement isn’t expected to affect the tv/film strike. The companies SAG-AFTRA is negotiating with are Activision Productions Inc, Blindlight LLC, Disney Character Voices Inc., Electronic Arts Productions Inc., Epic Games, Inc., Formosa Interactive LLC, Insomniac Games Inc., Take 2 Productions Inc., VoiceWorks Productions Inc., and WB Games Inc. You can find more info on SAG-AFTRA’s website.
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