LOS ANGELES (June 9, 2011) — The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO –- a national union of more than 70,000 performers, recording artists and broadcast professionals –- today announced that it has reached a tentative agreement with videogame industry representatives on terms for a new 3 1/2 year AFTRA Interactive Media Agreement, covering AFTRA members who work in videogames. The current contract is set to expire on June 30, 2011.
If ratified, the new pact will include a groundbreaking provision: the industry’s first-ever streaming payment paid to performers in the form of a new cloud gaming fee.
AFTRA Chief Negotiator and Assistant National Executive Director Mathis L. Dunn, Jr. praised the new agreement saying: “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. This new provision guarantees that AFTRA members will continue to be a vital and relevant part of the gaming community. I applaud our Negotiating Committee for their hard-work and vision.”
The new cloud gaming fee is an additional one-time payment of 15% of the session fee that will be paid to every Principal Performer engaged on a videogame made available on streaming services. Other highlights of the successor agreement include: