For the first time ever voice actors who are members of The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) will enjoy streaming payments for their work on video games after the union negotiated a new 3 1/2 year agreement with representatives from the video game industry.

This new contract will see that performers are paid via a new cloud gaming fee. Artists will be paid a 15 percent one-time payment before the streaming payments begin. Also included in the contract are increased contributions to the AFTRA Health and Retirement Fund from 0.5% to 15.5%. There will also be an extra 3% added on to minimum compensations over the duration of the contract, with 1% being added immediately after the contract expires.

Ultimately, what all of this means is that the new minimum fee for AFTRA Interactive Media contracts will start at $809. The new minimum will increase again in May 2013 to $825.

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