The American Federation of Musicians could expel Austin Wintory after he composed a video game score that was not part of his union work.
The award-winning composer, best known for the soundtrack behind Thatgamecompany’s Journey, is facing a $2,500 fine for producing the music of acclaimed strategy game The Banner Saga. So far, Wintory has refused to pay – and if he does not do so by January 19th, he will be expelled, GamesIndustry reports.
Wintory claims paying the fine would be akin to "[agreeing] that their failing policies, selective tactics and threats work". He has already tasked his lawyers with working out a response if he is expelled.
The composer has reportedly said he will donate $2,500 to Education Through Music – Los Angeles, instead of paying the fine.
This is not the first time Wintory has clashed with the AFM. Last year, he faced a $50,000 fine for scoring The Banner Saga. The union later drew up a new contract lifting a two-year block on members composing for games.