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Here’s what voice actors are saying about the games industry strike on Twitter

What do Overwatch’s Torbjörn, Mass Effect’s Commander Shepard, and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s Adam Jensen have in common?

They’re all going on strike.

The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), the union that represents numerous games industry voice actors, announced that a strike of several major video game companies is now in effect.

The strike is the union’s response to failed negotiations regarding a 19-year-old contract that SAG-AFTRA believed did not reflect the modern day games industry, and as is expected, gamers and voice actors alike have taken to Twitter with the hashtag #PerformanceMatters to express their thoughts.

Here are some of the responses we’ve found:

Keith Silverstein, Overwatch (Torbjörn)

 

These Tweets highlight the four main issues SAG-AFTRA fought for in its negotiations.

 

Jay Britton, Mafia III (additional voices)

SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors across various fields, such as actors, broadcast journalists, stunt performers, and puppeteers.

 

Erika Harlacher, Killer Instinct (Sadira)

 

 

Jennifer Hale, Mass Effect 3 (Commander Shepard)

 

Steve Blum, Orochimaru (Naruto: Shippuden)

 

Elias Toufexis, Adam Jensen (Deus Ex: Mankind Divided)

 

Tara Strong, Harley Quinn (Batman: Arkham Knight)

 

Kimlinh Tran, Fidget (Dust: An ELysian Tail)

 

Khris Brown, Voice Over Director

The strike will begin in earnest on Monday, Oct. 24 at 10:30 a.m. when voice actors take to the picket line in front of EA’s Playa Vista, CA office.

We’ll update the story as it develops…

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