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Chaturbate
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Type of site
Adult website, live streaming, webcam
Available inMultilingual (15)
Founded2011
Headquarters200 Goddard, Irvine, California, U.S.
Area servedWorldwide, except blocking countries
IndustryAdult camming
ParentMulti Media LLC
URLchaturbate.com Edit this at Wikidata
AdvertisingYes
RegistrationOptional
LaunchedFebruary 26, 2011; 10 years ago (2011-02-26)[1]
Current statusActive

Chaturbate is an adult website providing live webcam performances by individual webcam models and couples, typically featuring nudity and sexual activity ranging from striptease and erotic talk to more explicit sexual acts such as masturbation with sex toys. The site is divided into six categories: female cams, male cams, couple cams, transgender cams, private shows and spy shows. The gender-specific categories are free to watch but viewers have to pay to join a private show. Spy shows are private shows where viewers do not interact, and hence they are cheaper to view than private shows. As of October 2020, Chaturbate was the 65th most popular website in the world and the fifth most popular adult site.[2]

Concept

"Chaturbate" is a portmanteau of "chat" and "masturbate". Viewers are allowed to watch for free (with the exception of private shows), but pay money in the form of "tips" in order to see certain sex acts performed.[3] Models can synchronize remote-controlled vibrators and other sex toys so that they can be activated when "tipped" and the frequencies affected by the amount of "tips" given,[4] with the intention of "users paying to try to give [the models] an orgasm".[5] There are popular chat rooms, that can have more than 500,000 followers and can get up to 20,000 viewers at once.[6] This is due in part to the "follow" button, which permits viewers to receive notifications when the model is broadcasting.[7] Another aspect of the site's inner workings is the use of "mods", short for "moderators", voluntary users who oversee that the broadcasts are compliant with Chaturbate policy, such as no violence or underage models.[8] Models need not be humans, as is the case with Projekt Melody, an artificial intelligence "cam girl", who has about 20,000 followers. However, Chaturbate did require the operator to prove their age.[9] The site itself earns revenues by taking roughly between 40%[10] to 50%[11] from the model's earnings.[10] In addition, Chaturbate generates revenue from the audience when they purchase tokens using their credit cards.[12] Each Chaturbate token is worth $0.05 to a model and they need to earn at least $50.00 to receive the payment.[13][14] However, when purchased by viewers, tokens cost about $0.10, depending on the amount bought in a single transaction.[11]

Rankings

As of November 2019, the site was ranked 22nd in the Alexa global rank and was the largest adult camming site competing with European BongaCams and LiveJasmin,[15] which represented an increase from 167th globally and third in adult websites, trailing Xvideos and Livejasmin, in February 2017. In 2018, the top five countries that there users resided in were 20.5% from the United States, followed by 8.5% from Germany, 6.8% from Japan, 6.2% from the United Kingdom and 4.7% from China.[11] It is estimated that the site receives about 117 million monthly visits,[16] which translates to approximately 4.1 million unique visitors each month,[17] and an estimated 780,000 a day.[4] From its inception in 2011, till 2016, the site saw a 3,200% growth rate overall.[18]

In popular culture

Chaturbate was the presenting sponsor for the 33rd AVN Awards in 2016, as well as an exhibitor at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo that year[19] and in 2017.[20] In 2020, the site partnered with independent Canadian filmmakers Ethan Cole and Daniel AM Rosenberg to produce Cam_Girlfriend, a 10-episode web series broadcast on YouTube.[21]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Chaturbate.com WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info - DomainTools". WHOIS. 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  2. ^ "chaturbate.com Traffic Statistics". SimilarWeb. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  3. ^ Rachel Hosie (18 November 2016). "'We walked away with more than just £5': Couple who had sex for 400 strangers on webcam say it helped them fall more in love". The Independent. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  4. ^ a b Martins, Eduardo E. B. (October–December 2019). "I'm the Operator With My Pocket Vibrator: Collective Intimate Relations on Chaturbate". Social Media + Society. SAGE Publishing. 5 (4): 1–2. doi:10.1177/2056305119879989. ISSN 2056-3051.
  5. ^ "Girl on the Net: How pornography went mainstream". New Statesman. 146 (5354): 27. 17 February 2017. ISSN 1364-7431. Archived from the original on 2 August 2021 – via ProQuest.
  6. ^ "Some Chaturbate Stats". Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  7. ^ van Doorn, p. 6.
  8. ^ Witt, Emily (26 February 2017). "21st century sex". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. ISSN 0021-1222. Archived from the original on 5 May 2017. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  9. ^ Ellis, Emma Grey (19 February 2020). "Do Fans of Cartoon Porn Stars Hate (Real) Women?". Wired. Condé Nast. ISSN 1078-3148. Archived from the original on 3 July 2021. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  10. ^ a b King, Hope (20 March 2015). "Pornstar entrepreneurs find new homes on messaging apps - Mar. 20, 2015". Money.cnn.com. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  11. ^ a b c van Doorn, p. 5.
  12. ^ "Chaturbate - Free Adult Live Webcams!".
  13. ^ "Chaturbate Token Value". Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  14. ^ "What is the minimum I need to earn?". Chaturbate Broadcaster Guide. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  15. ^ "chaturbate.com Competitive Analysis, Marketing Mix and Traffic". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  16. ^ Woods, Ben (3 March 2016). "The (almost) invisible men and women behind the world's largest porn sites". The Next Web. Archived from the original on 20 July 2021. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  17. ^ Rabouin, Dion (16 January 2016). "Camming Gives Internet Porn Fans a Personal Touch". Newsweek.com. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  18. ^ Hosie, Rachel (18 November 2016). "'We Walked Away With More Than Just £5': Couple Who Had Sex for 400 Strangers on Webcam Say It Helped Them Fall More in Love". The Independent. ISSN 0951-9467. Archived from the original on 28 June 2021. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  19. ^ Street, Sarah (26 August 2015). "Chaturbate Named Presenting Sponsor of the 2016 AVN Awards". Adult Video News. ISSN 0883-7090. Archived from the original on 3 August 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  20. ^ Trout, Christopher (27 January 2017). "Porn doesn't need a XXX hologram". Engadget. Archived from the original on 13 November 2020. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  21. ^ Abascal, Lina (26 June 2020). "Adult Site Chaturbate Partners With Filmmakers to Launch Scripted Comedy Series 'Cam_Girlfriend' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. ISSN 0042-2738. Archived from the original on 24 April 2021. Retrieved 1 August 2021.

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