Is there trouble brewing within the SAG-AFTRA?

Last month David White, national executive director of the SAG-AFTRA actors’ guild, published an open letter to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) requesting a meeting on — and investigation into — the video game voice acting industry.

The letter is fueled by reports of vocal stress from an unknown number of SAG-AFTRA members, reports which the union sought in a February request for details of such incidents that had occurred “while voice acting in video games due to employers pushing too hard or not providing adequate safety measures.”

In his letter to the California state regulator for workplace safety, White says that the volume of reports from members who have claimed to suffer short- or long-term vocal chord damage from video game voice acting gigs is increasing, and that many actors are unable to adequately defend themselves because they fear being dropped from a project.

Read the full article here at Game Spot.

This was discussed on Final Encounter Cast Episode 21.

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The French government is considering several measures aimed at combating sexism in video games, according to a report published this week by Le Figaro. Axelle Lemaire, the French Minister of Digital Affairs, met with representatives from the French video game industry last month to discuss the set of measures, Le Figaro reports, which include financial incentives and labels for games that give a “positive image of women.”

A spokesman for Lemaire’s office later confirmed the Le Figaro report to The Verge, adding that discussions are still in an early phase. A finalized proposal is expected by the end of this year, the spokesman said.

Catherine Coutelle, a socialist deputy of the National Assembly, proposed legislation last year that would have excluded games that portray a “degrading image of women” from receiving government tax credits. The amendment was met with opposition from some industry groups, and was withdrawn in January. But in a response to Coutelle’s proposition published on Tuesday, Lemaire signaled that her ministry still aims to “encourage the production of video games that promote equality between men and women,” and to address “topics related to sexism and violence against women.”

Read the full article here at GamesRadar.

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