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Counter Strike: Actor’s Offensive

The Screen Actors Guild has declared war on the video games industry as its members prepare to strike in the industry’s first ever unionised action. The union’s major strikes in years gone by have targeted the Emmys and the commercials industry back in 2000. However, with recent talks not managing to reach an agreeable point of compromise, SAG-AFTRA have set their sights firmly on some of the biggest names in the biz; EA, Activision, Insomniac, WB Games and Take 2 Interactive ranking among some of the union’s higher tier targets.

An official statement released on the union’s site on Friday gave some context to the declared action stating: “A last attempt to reach an agreement with video game employers this week was not successful… Therefore, as of 12:01 a.m. PT today, SAG-AFTRA is on strike against the following video game employers with regard to all games that went into production after Feb. 17, 2015…”.  

Whilst the aforementioned post highlights several points of contention between the companies being called into question and the right of the actors involved, SAG-AFTRA are keen to point out that the strike “is not the union’s preferred outcome, but is necessary to let employers know SAG-AFTRA members will stand fast to their principles and not be exploited.”

No date has yet been given as to when the strike is expected to end, with that being said the union have detailed where their first picket line is scheduled to form, so if you’re interested and you happen to be in the area then head on over to Electronic Arts, 5510 Lincoln Blvd, Playa Vista, CA 90094 , oh and remember to turn up as early as 10:30am on Monday. For those of you less inclined to stand in line you can see the union’s proposal in full here.

Do you have any thoughts on the issue? Perhaps you have a fond vocal performance or memorable quote you’d like to share? Please do so in the comments below and remember to get involved on Facebook and Twitter while you’re at it.


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An avid Bungie era Halo fan, Platinum lover - the developer, not the transition metal - and discoverer of the medical condition L.O.G (Lack of Gaming), Byron’s 24-year passion turned obsession for games took a serious turn this year when he decided that it warranted government funding and thus enrolled in a course of study at University. He is currently moonlighting as a Journalism student.


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