The composer behind the music for The Banner Saga, Monaco, and Journey is in a very public dispute with the American Federation of Musicians and could be fined as much as $50,000 for his work on The Banner Saga.
The dispute revolves around a contract designed for musicians working in the video games industry that was put together by a union committee in 2012 that was soundly rejected by both musicians in the union and the video games industry. Composer Austin Wintory says that the union never consulted with any of its members before approving the contract. Ultimately all of the key players except the union rejected the contract and the AFM has done little or nothing to rewrite the contract to address serious concerns about it.
Instead of working on fixing problems with the contract, the union has threatened to fine Wintory for his work – a move he says was in response to his very vocal criticism of the contract and the union's refusal to do anything about it.
Wintory explains the situation a YouTube video at length, which you can watch to your left.
Wintory has hired a lawyer to fight the punitive action, which – ironically enough – will be determined by the very same committee that has been unwilling to rewrite a contract that no one wants. We will have more on this story as it develops.