Streamate is a bit of an odd platform: while it has its own website and branding, it’s also what’s known as a white label service – others are able to license the streams and platform interface under their own branding.
There’s a good chance that you’ve seen plenty of Streamate girls performing on other websites – or at the very least, adverts for the live action they dish out. Some third-party platforms add or remove features, as well as fiddle with display settings and whatever else – for the purposes of this review, we’re just looking at OG Streamate and how it stacks up against the competition.
We like what Streamate has to offer, but there are quite a few improvements that could be made.
- Streamate Review: A Premium Cam Site With Huge Reach
- Types of Streamate Models
- Types of Live Shows on Streamate
- Live Stream Quality
- Interactive Toys on Streamate
- Tip Menus and Wheel Spins
- Streamate’s Video Store
- Getting Around Streamate
- Streamate’s Gold System & Pricing
- What Could be Improved on Streamate?
- Our Verdict on Streamate
Streamate Review: A Premium Cam Site With Huge Reach
As a brand, Streamate hasn’t done itself many favors. You’ll find that the majority of people watching the talent here actually comes from third-party sources and often, on platforms that would make them completely unaware of the name ‘Streamate’.
This isn’t a problem, per se, but it’s quite important to realize that cam sites you might already be familiar with are essentially just reskins of this platform.
Jerkmate is a primary example – if you’ve had interactions with that platform before, you already know what Streamate is all about.
With regard to distinctive features, Streamate has a slightly higher bias toward group shows – cam quality is one of their strongest selling points, as is the fact that they have a lot of performers. If you’re particularly drawn toward Latinas – Streamate has thousands who stream on a daily basis. Tanned cuties from South America are all over this particular platform.
In 2023, Streamate took home XBIZ’s ‘Cam Site of the Year’ award in the premium category: that is, platforms that offer great services, but where you’ll have to pay a few bucks in order to make the most of your time on the site. The site currently sits at #6 on our list of the top adult cam sites.
Free chat is a thing on Streamate, but you’ll soon realize that performers here love going private or putting on gold shows. You’ll get by as a purely free viewer, but there are better options if you’re not looking to spend anything.
Types of Streamate Models
There’s nothing that jumps out as being particularly unique or niche with regard to Streamate’s performers.
They cater to a diverse selection of interests and tastes. They also have a hefty number of performers online 24/7.
The only real distinguishing feature was a slight increase over rivals when it came to ebony camgirls. As you’d assume, solo girls also rule the roost – men can perform here, but the numbers are heavily in favor of camgirls.
The numbers really do speak for themselves here: at the time of our review, total girls online came in at around 2,100 – Streamate has impressive numbers when it comes to overall talent. Note that these are girls who are live too: some sites will trick you by showing girls who are currently away or have been online in the last 24 hours: this number is total viewable ladies with active adult streams.
In terms of ethnicity, the categories revealed that there were: 55 Asians, 161 ebonies, 1379 Latinas and 437 Caucasians (labelled as ‘white girls’). If you like Asian performers, Streamate is going to come up short.
If you’re picky when it comes to age, Streamate has tags for mature and teen. There were around 450 performers in both categories – equal pickings for dudes who love sexy MILFs and nubile 18+ goddesses.
Total men online clocked in at 180.
It’s clear that the main selling point here is gay performers – just 16 were tagged as straight.
There’s a good variety of body shapes and forms – whether you like chubby daddies or hairless twinks, Streamate has you covered both ways. There were even 46 men tagged with the keyword ‘muscle’. A few of them need to train a little harder, but by and large, these were juicy dudes with powerful physiques.
The guys category at Streamate is overwhelmingly Latino: around 75% of streams, with most of those being Colombian. Pound for pound, American performers seem to do the best. In fact, the top 4 streams were all guys from the United States.
From what we saw, camboys tend to do more in their free chats than the ladies do.
We encountered a total of 54 couples when visiting Streamate. These were mainly standard boy/girl shows, but 3 were lesbian performances.
Streamate doesn’t have an independent section for couples like it does for ladies and gents: instead, it relies on a sub-category. If you want to see all-male couples (there were a lot streaming), you’ll have to navigate to the ‘guys’ section first. Straight couples are located in the couple category of the ‘girls’ section.
Latin America provides the majority of the couple entertainment on Streamate. You’ll find the odd American, Italian and Spanish couple, but Colombian really quite enjoy broadcasting their exploits.
In terms of age ranges, younger couples definitely dominate. Of the 40 couple shows with at least one female performer, 20 were aged 21 or below.
As with the couple designation, you’ll find transsexual camgirls in the ‘girls’ section under the ‘transgirl’ category. There are trans men in the guys section, but none were online at the time of writing and it appears that only half a dozen or so have streamed in the last 30 days.
We encountered a total of 160 shemale cam streamers on Streamate: most of whom were from Colombia. Other countries with more than one streamer included the United States, the Philippines and Spain. Ages were mostly between 18 and 25: there are less mature trans streamers than there are cis girl streamers as a percentage.
Types of Live Shows on Streamate
Streamate has rules with regard to performances and what models can do in free chat mode. Generally, anything shown below the belt is off-limits – if it involves a visible hole. What’s somewhat confusing is that models can play with dildos, show their tits and even play with their pussies – just so long as it’s not shown directly on cam.
As a result, we categorize Streamate as more of a premium experience. It has more pleasure potential for free users than, say, LiveJasmin, but a service like Chaturbate wins out if you’re not interested in private or group shows.
Free Public Chat
Most girls are in this mode – at least, those that haven’t entered private or group sessions. Free public chat is utilized by camgirls at Streamate for the purposes of teasing and soliciting paid services.
From what we’ve seen, most streamers stick to the rules, but you’d be amazed at just how far some girls push what they do. Either Streamate isn’t so strict or some girls really love the danger of showing off more than they ought to in the free area of the site.
Streamers recruiting for gold shows also utilize free chat: these are where you’ll see the most teasing and solicitation.
One of Streamate’s most dominant approaches to paid engagement. You’ll have to spend a fixed fee on a per-minute basis for one on one time with the performer of your choice. Note that these private sessions aren’t truly one on one – it’s possible for others to join in unless you’ve gone into exclusive chat mode.
An extension of private chat – you’ll generally pay a little more, but no one can interrupt your session.
This is best if you’re serious about keeping the camgirl’s attention and want complete control over what’s going on. Exclusive chat is optional for the performer: some don’t have it enabled at all, whereas others require it. We’d estimate that 80% of performers offer standard private and exclusive chats.
You might know these as group shows.
The Gold show premise is simple – a model sets a specific gold goal and once it’s reached, you’ll go through to a paid area where only those who contributed get to watch. There’s a minimum buy-in, but you can choose to contribute more if you so desire. Each camgirl has her own rules, but some offer incentives for certain contribution amounts, such as unlocking exclusive videos.
There’s also a small area where the performers can tell you what they’ll do during their gold show. Note that stylistically, Streamate opts for GOLD in all caps: we think it’s unaesthetic.
Can I Record Live Shows on Streamate?
Streamate has no in-built functionality for recording shows. While it’s technically possible for the camgirls to record and send you the footage – this isn’t something that you should bank on happening. As a result, we’d state that currently, Streamate has a policy of non-recordable shows.
Live Stream Quality
We’re rather particular when it comes to cam show quality: other review platforms aren’t as harsh as we are, but in 2023, we think it’s reasonable to expect the majority of shows to be offered in HD.
Streamate doesn’t have a convenient quality output metric in their cog wheel setting section. Basically, instead of having options such as 1080p, 720p and 480p, it instead has low, medium, high and source. We did a lot of difficult network digging to get the information you seek, and we are pleased to report that Streamate feeds do go up to 1080p.
Stream quality does depend on many factors. Generally, full-time camgirls have full HD shows and better bitrates. You’re at the mercy of their PC’s components, webcam quality, lighting environment, Internet connectivity and so on.
That said, we’d argue that Streamate offers an average objective quality that’s far higher than industry norms. Some of the 1080p streams here are the crispest we’ve seen – averaging around a 6 Mb/s bitrate.
Interactive Toys on Streamate
There are interactive toys that Streamate has an activation menu for, but since the freemium environment here is somewhat limited, you won’t see devices such as OhMiBod and Lovense going off as frequently as you would on other platforms.
The more gold you give, the longer the toy activates for and the more intense the sensation. As a quick reference, tokens here are 1 USD each, meaning that you’ll have to pitch in at least a buck to activate a toy on its lowest setting for 5 seconds. We think this is a pretty high initial cost and free chat might be better if toy activation had a lower price floor.
Tip Menus and Wheel Spins
Camgirls on Streamate have gold menu functionality: this allows them to set a tip amount to perform a particular task. Examples that you might come across include showing feet, self-spanking, rating a dick or changing into another outfit.
We quite like the embedded nature of the tip menu: when someone selects a particular choice, it appears in the chat:
Since free chat is a small component of Streamate’s model, we didn’t see too much tip menu engagement.
The minimal cost for each action is also 1 gold, which similar to toy activation, creates a price floor that likely inhibits certain transactions from taking place. The economic principle for this situation is known as a deadweight loss: subdivision of gold on Streamate is a policy we could get behind to remove the deadweight loss.
If you’re a gambling man, you can choose to spin a wheel and get a random outcome. Here’s an example of what the wheel looks like:
Wheel spin options are selected by the performer from their gold menu list and the site appears to add up the cost of each activity to work out what a fair value for the wheel is. Prices are generally between 5 and 20 gold.
Streamate’s Video Store
Performers on Streamate are able to upload videos to the platform that they can sell. There’s a specific section on the website for all videos – over 62,000 are available for purchase – but each camgirl’s profile page also has the videos displayed just below their feed.
This is a pretty cool feature that a few services have, but there’s one thing that we’re absolutely confused by: all of the video thumbnails are blurred. We blur the live feeds of performers in our reviews for privacy, but we cannot think of a single reason why Streamate does this. Take a look:
Unless you’re familiar with the streamer in question, the video archive page is essentially useless.
You get no information regarding the appearance of the performer, the location they’re in or what they’re doing. What’s even crazier is the fact that the blurring takes place as an on-page element: you can view the image thumbnail in its entirety with relative ease. We’re so confused.
Getting Around Streamate
Navigational elements on Streamate’s homepage are exactly what we’d expect from a platform such as this.
There’s a clear search area, category pages, additional filtering tools and a trending section to see what others are most interested in. One thing we really appreciate is the ability to change preview pane size with three different options.
Streamate makes it simple for you to find girls of different ages, races and feature types. Want to only see ebony teens? That’s something you can find with ease. Perhaps you’re more interested in girls who speak Italian and have interactive toys? Again – filtering here offers that specificity.
Streamate’s Interface, Design and Layout
When you filter and navigate around, Streamate loads quickly. You can also mouse-over individual streams to get a live preview without navigating away from the page you’re on.
In terms of stream interface, this site has everything we look for. The chat is sectioned off, there are clear areas for interaction (tipping, going private, etc.) and full-screen is an option. Chat transitions to an overlay in full-screen mode and it works just fine.
The Mobile Experience
Here’s what Streamate’s homepage looks like when you visit from a mobile device:
We’ve seen better, but the difference between Streamate’s mobile homepage and the best we’ve seen is marginal.
Filtering is simple, previews are decent and nothing major is missing. Loading up the website took a second or two longer than we’d have liked when you visit for the very first time, but navigation after that point was smooth.
Streamate utilizes our preferred method of handling vertically held mobile devices when watching horizontal streams. You’re able to manually choose how zoomed in the feed is, with the additional benefit of changing the center point of the show.
It’s slightly hard to explain in text, but it makes the most intuitive sense and works really well. Horizontal viewing is still better, but it’s not as forced here as it is on other platforms that handle vertical viewing poorly.
Streamate’s Gold System & Pricing
We dislike Streamate’s hybrid approach to billing: you have fiat currency denominated features and gold denominated features. For example: donations to performers are done with gold, but private streams are paid on a per-minute basis.
Gold is priced at 1 USD, although there doesn’t appear to be any way to buy it in bulk ahead of time. Most of the rival cam sites have a complete credit/gold/token system that’s independent of fiat and you pre-purchase: we think that Streamate’s approach is inferior.
Despite having great filtering tools, Streamate doesn’t seem to have a way to organize performers based on their per-minute fee. This has to be by design and not just a simple oversight, but it makes things strictly worse for users. Private shows on Streamate are typically between $5 and $10 per minute – definitely on the higher end of the market’s range.
Gold shows are typically priced in a much more cost-effective fashion. We looked at 15 gold shows as a quick sample and almost all of them were between 5 and 10 gold for an equal number of minutes.
What is Streamate Gold Worth?
1 gold on Streamate is equal to 1 USD.
What Does The Average Streamate Private Show Cost?
If you want to jump into a 10-minute private session, expect to pay around $70. Since camgirls pick their own rates, some might charge more, some might charge less. You might also have to pay a slightly righter rate if you want the show to be exclusive.
Group shows will set you back anywhere from $5 to $10 and they last anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. You can pay more than the minimum if you want – it can come with benefits, depending on the model.
Certain payment methods are only available in certain countries, but given you’re from a developed Western region (NA, EU, OCE), you’ll be able to pay using PayPal or a regular credit/debit card.
Since Streamate doesn’t operate on a pre-purchase system, you cannot pay using services such as cryptocurrency or paysafecard.
How Will Streamate Purchases Appear on My Statement?
This will depend on your billing region, but Streamate uses third-party processors. Here’s what we saw when using an Australian bank card:
Alongside ECHST.NET, you may find EPOCH.COM as a billing name on your statement.
Is There a Refund Policy?
Since Streamate is an on-demand service, there is no refund policy in place.
What Could be Improved on Streamate?
Rather uniquely, creating an account here requires you to add a billing option. This might set off alarm bells for some people, but trust us – Streamate isn’t going to randomly bill you for something you didn’t purchase.
Adult services really struggle with payment processing – especially when PayPal is a provider – so they’re never going to mess around.
Having said that: the barrier to entry is a little higher than it is elsewhere. You cannot even see the cost of a performer’s private show without being logged in and having a payment option enabled. We’re not big fans of this. They’ll also close your account if you remove your billing option.
We’d also like for trans camgirls to be taken out of the ‘girls’ section. Let’s be clear: this isn’t because we’re transphobic, it’s because certain filtering options cannot be enabled owing to how trans camgirls are currently accessed. It’s a minor inconvenience, but it would make the site better.
Our Verdict on Streamate
For us, the major selling points that make Streamate attractive are its extensive number of online performers (over 2,000 camgirls almost 24/7) and the top-end stream qualities that are made available.
Serious camgirls on Streamate with good lighting and 1080p feeds really stand out: especially when compared to their rivals on platforms that cap out at 720p (CamSoda, for example).
Streamate won’t be too appealing for fans of free content, and it does a few things that detract from the overall user experience. On the whole though, it’s a good platform – especially if you’ve got the funds to spend on top tier camgirls.
Visit Streamate.com and let us know what you think.