Chaturbate

The Skinny

Chaturbate is one of the newest cam sites out there and it is gaining popularity and size quickly. While not as big as other newer upstarts like MyFreeCams it is gaining new visitors at a rapid rate and I don’t think it’s going to be long before it joins the ranks of the monsters of the webcam scene. The main reason it is growing in popularity because it is 100% free to watch. It doesn’t cost you a dime to check out some sexy girls doing naughty things on cam. Another reason is the fun performers that are regulars on the site and the vibrant and active community interaction as well. Read the full review below.

Model

Free. Performers make money from tokens from members.

Performers

The performers at Chaturbate are divided up into four categories: female, male, couples and transsexual. The last time I was on there were about 160 females, 35 couples and some male and females “Chaturbating” online, which wasn’t a massive amount but enough to keep one interested and occupied.

The majority of performers were from North America, Europe, Russia, and Asia, although it seems like every continent and ethnicity were represented.

The quality was pretty good, with a fair amount of the performers young and hot, although there were performers of all ages, shapes and sizes.

Features

The main and most important feature that separates Chaturbate from the majority of cam sites is that Chaturbate is completely free to watch, although in order to participate and use the other features on the site you have to sign up for a free account.

Though the show is free in the performers chat room – and it’s not just a tease in the rooms, most performers will do explicit sex acts once a certain tip goal is reached – there are other types of shows you can enjoy.

There are private shows like you would find at a traditional webcam site. In order to take the model private it’s going to cost you tokens however. But if you want to get to know the performer and get them to be more kinky and explicit you will want to see them in private chat. All private shows over 30 seconds are also stored in a personal collection so you can view them later whenever you wish.

You can also spy on private shows where you can watch but not interact, and there are group shows as well.

Chaturbate offers free broadcasts where you can broadcast you cam in order to chat, perform and even make some money as well. If you do decide to broadcast yourself you should be aware there is also a contest where whoever is the most viewed broadcaster per hour gets a part of the $11,000 in prize money they give away every month.

In order to enjoy the shows they offer some screen options such as full screen and multiple cam screens at once. These features however, as well as private messaging, are only available to supporter members. More on what that is below.

Chaturbate is a community based site where just as much fun occurs between the interactions between the members as with the models. There are some features that increase the user experience such as custom emoticons and chat font and color options.

There is the Chaturbate blog that you can read if you want to keep on the latest news, features, contests. It also has feature spotlights on some of the more popular performers as well.

There is a search field under “advanced options” where you can also sort by region. This is one area where Chaturbate lacks. It would be nice if they had tags or a way to sort by more categories like body type, hair color, fetishes and so on like you can at most of the other live sex sites. It is kind of tedious to scroll through all the performers in order to find one that tickles your fancy. It’s not that huge of a deal now but as the site grows the lack of sorting and search options are going to hurt the usability of the site.

Multiple languages are supported too at Chaturbate.

Membership Types

While you can watch the cam girls for free at Chaturbate in order to chat with them or get access to any of the features you have to sign up for the basic membership. To be a basic member is also free as well and all you have to give is whatever username and password you want to use, you don’t even have to give up your email.

The other type of membership aside from the basic member is the supporter or premium member. This costs $19.95 per month which removes all the ads from the site and give you access to features like full screen, custom chat color options and private messaging. With your premium membership you also get 200 tokens (a $20.99 value) for free.

Prices

Aside from the cost of the premium membership ($19.99) the main cost you are going to run into at Chaturbate is the cost of the tokens. While it is free to watch the cam shows you should buy some tokens in order to share your appreciation and love for your favorite performers. Most of the performers set a goal as well that they will only do certain naughty acts once they reach a certain number of tokens. Some performers wont let you chat as well unless you have tipped something. The private, group and voyeur shows need tokens as well.

You can buy 100 tokens for $10.99, 200 tokens for $20.99 and 500 tokens for $44.99.

In addition to buying tokens you can earn free tokens by referring others. You can get up to 10 tokens for every member you refer, 500 tokens for every active broadcaster you refer and 200 free tokens when you raise your spending limit.

Cons

There was not that much that bugged me about Chaturbate except that the tools they had to organize and navigate the site were kind of lacking. As I said before, it wasn`t that big of a deal but as the site continues to grow it`s going to be a problem. As as far as cam quality was concerned it varied a lot. While some of the cams were of very good quality some were not. Also while some of the cams claimed to be HD I never saw much of a difference between them and the regular cams.

Summary

Chaturbate is one of the newest entrants based around the free / token model and is growing fast in popularity among cam girl addicts and cam girls and guys. It is popular not only because it is free but because the active community style of the site and the performers there make it a blast to visit and hang out at. There are a few minor issues with the search and cam quality but they are minor and hopefully improved as the site grows in size.

To create you free account at Chaturbate and start interacting and chatting with some hot cam models click here.