If you’ve visited a tube site in the last 12 months, chances are you’ve seen the ads for JerkMate.
Why jerk off alone?
That’s the sales pitch for a site that combines live cams with chat roulette style random matchmaking.
A newcomer to the scene, JerkMate has been gaining in popularity – partly due to that heavy advertising campaign.
Attracting a regular 2.5 million visits each month, the site is a space to enjoy mutual masturbation, with some simple features to make this a fun and semi-addictive process. With a fresh design, an easy to access Random-Cam (roulette-style) format plus over 43,000 cam channels, the platform is growing fast.
But is it any good?
In this Jerkmate review, we take a look at exactly what JerkMate offers and why it’s different from its competitors. Does it live up to the hype?
What is JerkMate?
‘Never Jerk Off Alone Again’
JerkMate is a live cam site that has a similar mission statement to Chaturbate.
The idea is simple, you find a cam girl who will masturbate with you online.
Hence the name, a mate to jerk with.
The difference with JerkMate is the style of the site and how you can access it.
Firstly, the way you search for cam performers on JerkMate is more akin to roulette style sites that offer you a random cam channel.
JerkMate offers this feature or you can hone the selection down via a wizard which asks a few questions first; ‘do you prefer blonde or brunette women?’, ‘what body type do you like best? Athletic, skinny, BBW, chubby?’ etc.
In this way, a lot of the hassle of choosing is taken away but you can also take control by using the search function to find your perfect channel.
Use categories and tags like body type, hair color, skin color, kinks and skills to get a list of those performers who most closely match your preferences. A handy % system shows just how well matched they are to your preferences
Secondly, although access to the site is free, you can’t get any sneak previews on the JerkMate.com site without first signing up. And this includes handing over your credit card details.
Though there is no charge taken without your prior approval (for premium shows and tipping etc), it does mean you are storing this data with Epoch for future purchases.
As for what you get when you finally find a cam channel to watch, there is a nice range of models performing here; in fact, there are over 43,000 channels registered on the site.
JerkMate, like rival Slut Roulette, is a white-label of the popular Streamate cam site.
There will typically be around 700-1,000 models available at normal times, including several high-profile porn stars.
Peak times are different and in the evenings, this can rise to several thousand.
Models are a mix of men and women, including some gay cams, and straight with transgendered performers and mixed/same sex couples.
The site is international and as well as being offered in Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and German language, the models themselves come from all over Europe, North, and parts of South, America, as well as Asia.
The performers also cover a wide range of shapes, ages and kinks with some offering interactive toys and specialist shows.
The site is not as big as mega-platforms like Chaturbate, StripChat or MyFreeCams, but there’s certainly no shortage of cams available. The quality is generally high.
What Does JerkMate Cost?
Registering an account with JerkMate is free and simply requires you to have an email address or you can even log in using your Google account.
Once you have verified your account, you can set up a screen name and password then you can start interacting with the models.
As mentioned above, the JerkMate.com site will ask you for your credit card details but the JerkMateLive.com site doesn’t… initially.
This means you can watch a little bit of a free preview but you can’t message the performers until you have signed up with your credit card.
So, if you see a channel you like the look of then you can watch the preview performances, check out any free videos and photos that the cam model has on their profile and join in with a conversation.
However, once you select a paid chat session (either Exclusive or Premium), that credit card you put on file will be charged.
Rates vary by performer but are listed out in your local currency before you enter the chat so you know exactly what will be paying.
Exclusive chats are 1-on-1 whilst Premium chats include other members.
All tips are paid out in Gold, which is the currency of the site and represent a single unit of your local currency.
So, if you are the U.S. then 1 Gold is the equivalent of $1 but if you are in the UK then this will be £1.
Gold shows are available for groups of subscribers by pledging towards a performers total goal.
In this way, several members can enjoy a premium show without having to shell out a small fortune individually.
For instance, if a performer wants $200 before she gets down and dirty for a 30-minute show then she will set her goal and wait for members to pledge towards the target.
Once the goal has been reached, those members who have put up their cash will get exclusive access to watch. It may be that you only have to pay $5 to watch if enough people are interested.
You can also get block discounts if you pay up front for private chats with performers. Savings against the regular rates can be up to 20% if you pay in advance for 60 minutes.
Lastly, some of the models sell their private videos and photograph sets on their pages so you can enjoy a takeaway when they go offline.
JerkMate Rewards Program
The site runs a rewards program that gives members credits based on how active they are on the site.
If you pay for at least one chat session for two minutes or more in a single 24-hour period then that counts as an ‘Active Day’.
The program offers ten levels of rewards depending on the spending you do on the site and qualifying members get weekly credits to redeem against future purchases.
JerkMate Review: Chat Roulette Meets Live Cams
JerkMate is a clean site that offers a really wide range of performers to choose from.
There is certainly no one-niche catered for more than others and you can find some kinky guys and girls, young and old from a good selection of international locations.
The site isn’t a true ‘Chat Roulette’ alternative like other platforms, for example Flingster, where users match other users. You’ll always be matching cam stars.
But the ‘random’ matchmaking is a nice hook.
The fact that you have to register your credit card to interact with the performers may seem like a pain, but there are no charges levied to your account unless you agree to private chats or start tipping.
And there is an upside.
It means that, unlike with competitor sites, anyone who is chatting on preview actually has money to spend.
This means that there are less time-wasters, better interaction going on and a stronger possibility of performers achieving their targets for Gold shows.
It seems to be a good system for the models as well as they aren’t left watching numerous people pop up, post a few comments and then pop out again.
This means that the retention rate of models here should be quite good and they must be earning pretty good money too. Happy models make better performers so this is all good news for us, the viewers.
The site is designed to be an interactive one and encourages users to share their experience of jerking off with the cam models.
In this way, you can fire up your own webcam during private chats and enjoy being watched as you cum.
If that’s your thing.
Overall, JerkMate ticks all our boxes for a quality live cam site and, if you want to enjoy some more exclusive access to your performers then this should be a pretty good call.
Our one gripe is that the costs of private chats are not widely published and you don’t know what you are getting right up until you are about to head in. From further research, we found the typical cost for going private averaging at between $3-$7 per minute.
This is about average in the industry, but there’s no reason why prices can’t be disclosed more clearly.
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