Unionised voice actors have tentatively agreed to end their boycott of 11 game companies, after striking for nearly two years. The performers demanded residual payments, better protection for their voices, and transparency for the projects they were working on.
“The terms of the tentative agreement, which was reached early Saturday morning, include a new bonus structure that provides an additional payment to performers,” reads the press release from SAG-AFTRA (via Kotaku). “The bonus payment, which is due no later than the release date of the game, is based on the number of sessions worked on each game.
The deal also contains an employer commitment to continue working with SAG-AFTRA on the issue of vocal stress during the term of the agreement.”
New “transparency provisions” are being implemented, letting voice actors know a game’s codename while it’s in active development, as well as its genre. Surfacing that information should make it easier for voice actors to bargain their rates.
Multiple games have been affected by the strikes. Most recently was Life is Strange: Before the Storm, which saw pivotal character Chloe Price voiced by a different actor from the first game.