Game voice actors underpaid?

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By Gerard | 22nd May 2008 at 14:43 GMT in GTA IV | 20 Comments
Michael Hollick, who provided the voice of Niko Bellic in GTA IV has complained that he doesn't earn any royalties on the game. Even though Rockstar has made more than $600 million in sales, Hollick earns nothing beyond the original $100k he was paid.

If this was television, film or radio, Hollick and the other actors involved would have made millions by now through royalties, even through getting only a tiny cut of the profits.

I don't blame Rockstar. I blame our union for not having the agreements in place to protect the creative people who drive the sales of these games. Yes, the technology is important, but it's the human performances within them that people really connect to, and I hope actors will get more respect for the work they do within those technologies.


Is it time for video game actors to be treated the same as other actors? Or should they just be paid one-off for the work they do? Let us know what you think in our forums.
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Deji 22nd May, 2008 @ 15:52 - Permalink
Wow. That's pretty bad. Especially considering the fact the gameplay was dissapointing, the best parts were probably the sound. Rockstar earnt so much of this, I think they should hand out extra money as a thank you at least. Still $100 K is quite a bit and he did get to help make the biggest game in history (Sales wise)
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Jace 22nd May, 2008 @ 22:21 - Permalink
Yeah, poor guy... 100k.. He's being raped [/sarcasm].


Most companies will pay less then that, even if you've got a pretty high position. He signed up for this job and agreed to the quoted sum of money, so what's the big deal?
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Urbanoutlaw 22nd May, 2008 @ 22:32 - Permalink
In a job that destroyed my right shoulder, both wrists, & was constantly exposed to dangerous conditions I made about
$24k a year. I also had 2 years out of work, got screwed on my workman's comp settlement & never got the treatment
for my shoulder or wrists. I got lucky & found a state contracting deal, but I'm still having a hard time feeling sorry for
him.

He should try that for a while. Or he can enjoy the easy money & the doors opened by his stint as Niko.
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hunter88888 23rd May, 2008 @ 03:03 - Permalink
People like that should try the normal life, working for minimal wage before they start complaining for being underpaid for easy-ass voice acting.
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tilly 23rd May, 2008 @ 03:54 - Permalink
This is very true, but he should also stop whining.

How long did it take him to record all of his voicing?
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azn 23rd May, 2008 @ 05:43 - Permalink
It's good, but not good enough. If he asks for something with a seven digit number he may be pushing it.
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Urbanoutlaw 23rd May, 2008 @ 19:16 - Permalink

How long did it take him to record all of his voicing?


About 15 months (I think, according to link in Gerard's original topic).
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Kitsune Inferno 23rd May, 2008 @ 19:38 - Permalink
If I were him, I would have asked for more before signing on. Shouldn't he have known that he was voicing the main character to one of the most anticipated games of all time?
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Urbanoutlaw 23rd May, 2008 @ 19:42 - Permalink
When he was a nobody, $100k looked a lot bigger than it does now. He probably would have taken less at the time.
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Kitsune Inferno 23rd May, 2008 @ 19:45 - Permalink
As far as we know, Hollick only voiced Niko for one game. Main character or not, it was only for one job. Now if he was providing the voice of the main character of very popular TV series that will spawn a few movies and videogames, then I might see him getting royalties.
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Urbanoutlaw 23rd May, 2008 @ 19:48 - Permalink

As far as we know, Hollick only voiced Niko for one game. Main character or not, it was only for one job. Now if he was providing the voice of the main character of very popular TV series that will spawn a few movies and videogames, then I might see him getting royalties.


Full point, you summed it up perfectly.
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sibraa5 31st May, 2008 @ 00:41 - Permalink
Just find a fan that will do it for free, Geez...

That guy should stop whinging, He could get famous from this !
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Snazzybacon 31st May, 2008 @ 10:52 - Permalink
if you havent seen/heard the interwiew you should know that in the beginning he didnt even know what he was doing it for, that might be why he havent thought about it.
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Ivan 31st May, 2008 @ 11:45 - Permalink

if you havent seen/heard the interwiew you should know that in the beginning he didnt even know what he was doing it for, that might be why he havent thought about it.


He didn't know he was going to voice a character in one of the most awaited games in 2008?!
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MrLlamaLlama 31st May, 2008 @ 23:57 - Permalink
^ They only realised he'd be awesome for the part when they heard his mock Serbian accent, allegedly.
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badgerov 1st June, 2008 @ 02:16 - Permalink
If he were to get royalties, I'd say the programmers should get royalties as well, they put much more work into this than the voice actors did.
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Snazzybacon 1st June, 2008 @ 09:41 - Permalink
he realy didnt know it. at first he was only ment to do some movement and stuff for the character, and when he then got hired for voicing he was first told about 3 weeks in to the recording!

so the sure have kept it quiet R*
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Kyle DeAngelo.RDA 1st June, 2008 @ 09:55 - Permalink
That is awful. The man should receive royaltys for the work provided as Niko. He deserves much more money than he received. I think video game actors should be payed the same as actors. Same Job. Animation films have actors, these actors make millions of animated films. A video game is the same as an animated movie when it comes to actors.
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sibraa5 8th June, 2008 @ 12:30 - Permalink
Wait..Thats like $1000 a day, righ?
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Ivan 8th June, 2008 @ 12:38 - Permalink

Wait..Thats like $1000 a day, righ?


Depends on how long it took him to record all the dialogues.

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