The union representing actors in the US could launch a second strike against major video game companies, the BBC reports.

The negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and companies such as Activision and Electronic Arts had reached an “impasse”, particularly over wage increases and artificial intelligence.

For almost two months now, Hollywood has been on strike against major television and film companies.

A spokesman for the game companies said both sides are seeking a fair settlement.

The decision on possible strike action against video game companies will be made between September 5 and 25.

Hollywood’s largest union, representing 160,000 film and TV actors, wants protection from artificial intelligence – which the actors say poses a threat to the future of work and their careers.

“Once again artificial intelligence is putting our members in jeopardy of reducing their opportunity to work. And once again, SAG-AFTRA is standing up to tyranny on behalf of its members”, the union’s president, American actress Fran Drescher, said.

The union has a separate contract with the big video game companies that was due to expire in November. But it was extended by a year to allow negotiations to continue.

In a statement to the BBC, Audrey Cooling, a spokeswoman for the 10 video game firms involved in the negotiations, said all parties were seeking a “fair contract” that reflected the work of the performers.

More than 50 days and weeks of failed negotiations have led to serious concerns in film and television productions worldwide.

Screenwriters also walked off the job in May over concerns about pay, working conditions and the industry’s use of artificial intelligence.

SAG-AFTRA last went on strike against video game companies in 2016. That strike lasted 11 months.

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