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Striking voice actors have made some breakthroughs. After a 7-month strike, a few companies have agreed to pay actors royalties based on game sales. Hope Corrigan at IGN explains that “some companies have begun to agree to the guild’s terms of a residual payment plan, offering a full day’s wage per two million units of sales, capping at four payments.” The game companies that have agreed to the terms are unknown. Gabrielle Carteris, president of the Screen Actor’s Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, released a statement following the news: “This is a crucial time. The video game companies are getting ready to start production on a slate of new titles. They need and want our members’ talent to be on their games.”
Backstory: The Screen Actor’s Guild went on strike in October 2016 when negotiations with game companies fell through. Actors were offered an immediate 9% pay raise, but declined. At the time, the strike hit Activision, Blindlight, Corps of Discovery Films, Disney Character Voices, Formosa Interactive, Insomniac Games, Interactive Associates, Take 2, VoiceWorks Productions, and WB Games, Inc.