COVID-19’s Impact On Indie Models / Pornstars
COVID-19 (AKA Coronavirus) is having a profound impact on the entire globe. Just like every other industry, the adult industry has gotten hit by this epidemic. Events have been cancelled and/or postponed, associations such as the Free Speech Coalition (FSC) have called for a halt of all porn production featuring partners who are not part of the same household and sites have implemented policies addressing COVID-19. Here’s how the virus has impacted porn.
Adult Industry Events Cancelled / Postponed
2020 Transgender Erotica Awards Cancelled Due to Corona – The 2020 Transgender Erotica Awards (TEA) were postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak. The event, originally scheduled March 13th – 15th, did not announce a new date range at this time.
2020 Exxxotica Chicago Rescheduled Due to Corona – The 2020 Exxxotica Chicago, originally scheduled from April 17th to the 19th has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. The new dates for the Chicago expo is July 31st through August 2nd, 2020.
AWSummit Reschedules Event From June to August – AWSummit has postponed their event originally scheduled June 2nd – 5th, due to the coronavirus. AWSummit has made the difficult decision to postpone the event to the end of August 2020.
Lalexpo Postpones 1st Vegas Event Until October 2020 – Due to the coronavirus outbreak, LAlexpo has postponed their very 1st Vegas tradeshow from February until October 4th – 6th, 2020.
AVN Mixer Rescheduled To 5/5/2020 – AVN Stars, the fan club platform was set to have their first mixer, March 13th 2020. The event has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 5th from 4 to 9 p.m. Due to the World Health Organization declaring the coronavirus a pandemic
Camming / Clip Sites React To COVID-19
Stripchat Gives Percentage Bonus To Italian Webcam Models – Stripchat has doubled the percentage that Italian webcam models make on their platform to give some relief to the country. Stripchat stated that they might extend the offer to any other country that goes into lockdown as well.
Stripchat Offers Free Privates For Quarantined New Users – To help prevent the spread of coronavirus, Stripchat is offering all new members 320 tokens, the equivalent for a regular priced ten-minute private session.
Free Pornhub Premium To Italian Users (Plus Modelnet Donation) – While quarantined inside, Italians are able to get free access to Pornhub Premium. To further help the ongoing issue, Pornhub is also donating their March Modelhub revenue to hospitals throughout the country.
Free XHamster Premium For Corona-Affected Areas – XHamster is offering XHamster Premium to members in coronavirus impacted countries free of charge. This service is to help keep people inside while providing entertainment during quarantine. Multiple regions supported.
ManyVids Suspends Travel / Event Attendance – ManyVids has cancelled all event attendance and other travel until the end of June 2020. If there was originally going to be an MV Booth at any of those events, those booth opportunities are also cancelled as well.
iWantClips Cancels iWantMadness 2020 / Contest – Due to the due to the NCAA tournament being cancelled until further notice. iWantClips will unfortunately no longer be able to host iWantMadness for 2020. It was set to start March 15th.
FanCentro Cancels Events Until Further Notice – FanCentro cancelling events due to the Coronavirus, With almost all event being cancelled, postponed and rescheduled. FanCentro has announced they’re cancelling all events until further notice. These events include House of Fancentro at Miami and Los Angeles. The cancellations also include brand activation events with influencers at both Lalexpo and Coachella.
Flirt4Free Responds To Coronavirus Outbreak – VS Media (DBA Flirt4Free) has responded to the coronavirus outbreak. Flirt4Free assured everyone that their staff would maintain their same schedules, including 24 hour support. This will be done through a combination of remote work and rotating office employees.
ManyVids 100k Token Giveaway (March 2020) – Clipsite ManyVids announces the Bella French Foundation (BFF) is giving away 100k tokens ($6,000) to MV Live streamers. This Friday, March 20th, from 11 AM EST until 8 PM EST, Bella French said: ”I just want to make sure that our MV Stars will be ok during those trying times. Giving back is so important for all of us at MV. This just makes sense. I can’t wait for Friday.”
FanCentro Encourages Models to ‘Donate Free Content’ – With Coronavirus (Covid-19) spreading all over the world, events are cancelled, millions of people are stuck in their homes. FanCentro is wanting their models to donate content to fans for free via clips on FanCentro. They just recently added clips to their site so this is a great way to draw attention to the new feature!
Pornhub Releases Coronavirus Statement – Pornhub releases statement assuring performers that payments will continue to be paid out “as usual” and on time, despite the global coronavirus outbreak that’s now seen various national and industry-specific shutdowns.
OnlyFans Releases Tips for Creators Amidst Coronavirus – The fast acting and highly infectious Coronavirus (COVID-19) has made a massive impact which has trickled into the adult industry. While the Coronavirus has had made a huge impact globally, some creators are beginning to see the effects of the Coronavirus impacting sales, ability to create, and ability to collaborate with other creators. OnlyFans has created a blog post with tips details how to create during these high risk times.
Clips4Sale Releases Statement Regarding COVID-19 – Clips4Sale issues statement regarding COVID-19, Popular fetish clipsite Clips4Sale makes official statement content producers on the platform.
ManyVids Issues COVID-19 Announcement – ManyVids releases Coronavirus statement. Popular clipsite ManyVids releases a statement to MV models and MV members about what to expect from them while surviving through COVID-19.
How Will Coronavirus Impact Porn?
Nobody knows this for sure, but plenty are speculating on this. Some think that due to people being inside due to quarantines and cautiousness, porn consumption (and profits) will rise as a result. Others believe that with no income coming in, profits will tank.
Clip site iWantClips encouraged their Artists to create content due to the terms isolation, quarantine, and coronavirus beginning to trend on their platform. It is possible this trend will spread onto many other clip sites during this time.
Luckily indie models offering services such as camming, clips and phone sex work from home. Therefore, they’ll still be able to be earning during any type of quarantine, whether mandated by government or self-quarantine. Affiliate marketers in the adult industry also have the luxury of not having to leave the house for work.
Rise of Coronavirus Porn / Searches
With the coronavirus outbreak, coronavirus porn is now a thing. This includes scenes featuring masks to full on hazmat suites. There’s also been sites releasing statements of the coronavirus related searches they’re receiving. Pornhub released graphs and data on corona-related queries and traffic trends in various countries. iWantClips reports increase in corona and searches and encourages artists to take advantage of it.
Via forums and social, there’s been chatter of traffic bumps across the board, which many speculate to be correlated to the coronavirus outbreak and people staying inside and avoiding social interaction.