AFTRA reaches agreement on new gaming contract

Posted on June 22, 2011 by

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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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