Members of SAG-AFTRA have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike against video game companies. Union negotiators representing about 2,600 performers have been in negotiations for a new Interactive Media Agreement for nearly a year without success. They’re seeking wage increases to make up for high inflation, and want guarantees against the unregulated use of artificial intelligence.
The strike authorization comes as Hollywood actors remain on strike even after major studios reached a tentative agreement Sunday with screenwriters in the Writers Guild of America. The WGA has paused picketing but remains on strike pending ratification of the contract. WGA leaders are scheduled to vote on the agreement today; once it’s approved, the contract will be made available to about 11,000 union writers to vote on. No talks are currently scheduled between Hollywood studios and actors who’ve been on strike since July.