For a website, the economic rewards for what is essentially user generated content are surprisingly substantial.
It costs viewers .99 for 100 tokens, and broadcasters take home for every 100 tokens spent on them (1 token equalling 5 cents).
"It definitely started as a sexual adventure - initially, we just wanted to have fun on camera while strangers watched us." Today, they command hundreds of dollars for a short session. "If you give the audience what they want to see for free, then they automatically realise that they won't have to tip you," Rebecca explains.
"This is why sometimes we just cam for fun with no pressure." How can putting the most intimate part of your life on display for the whole world to see feel care-free?
The chance to watch a couple having sex live, rather than actors performing cartoonish orgasms and comically acrobatic maneuvers, has been a game-changer for pornography in the digital age.
Scanning the windows into the various rooms on the Chaturbate homepage, you can see bodies of every shape and size, like the contents of a Bakerloo Line carriage has been asked to disembark and strip off.Last year the reported figures from industry insiders and analysts estimating that leading camming attract up to 25 million unique views a month and traffic monitoring website place Chaturbate's unique visitors at just under 18 million a month.The money they generate is hundreds of millions of dollars at least, and as reported "possibly upwards of billion annually." Amazon's website ranking system Alexa rates Chaturbate as the 150th most popular website in the world and the 144th within the US.PJ Patella-Rey is a former couple cammer who is now writing a thesis for his Ph D around the sex camming industry and aiming to get a holistic picture of the craze which has erupted in the last five or six years.
He argues that it is a natural extension of the early internet 'live camming' craze where people would turn on their webcams for hours at a time and have people watch them go about their day.meets the people making serious money by having sex with their partners online.