AFTRA reaches agreement on new gaming contract

Posted on June 22, 2011 by


Video game website Gamasutra has reported that AFTRA reached an agreement with video game industry representatives that will see the voice industry’s first ever streaming payments for voice-over performers.

AFTRA’s current Interactive Media Agreement contract is set to expire on June 30. This new 3 1/2 year agreement will see performers paid via a “cloud gaming fee”. Artists will first be paid a 15% one-time payment, before the streaming payments. The contract will also see contributions to the AFTRA Health and Retirement Fund increased to 15.5 percent, while an extra 3 percent will be added on to all minimum compensation over the life of the contract, with 1 percent added immediately, once the contract is ratified.

This will bring the new minimum fee for a 4-hour session to $809, while effective on May 1, 2013, the minimum fee will jump to $825. AFTRA executive director Mathis L. Dunn, Jr. states, “We now have a clear and enforceable provision where performers will see real dollars immediately. Cloud gaming is a growing part of the digital future and AFTRA is in on the ground floor.”

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