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The impact of the real estate market on the live cam industry

Webcamming is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the online adult entertainment industry, and it shows no signs of slowing down considering the increasing number of new studios on the Romanian market.
The business idea of opening a webcam studio isn’t new anymore but it’s still very popular. In this article we will discuss one of the most important step to take in order to set up a webcam studio : location.
So, with the help of Vali Vranciuc, from Exclusive Property Management we got into the nitty gritty of how important the real estate side of this kind of enterprise actually is.

Vali, from your experience as a broker, can you tell us what is the difference in the renting price on the real estate market for Live Cam studios?
Well, considering the domain we are talking about, in order to motivate the owners, as they may encounter problems with the building administration or even with the neighbours, or maybe changes will be brought to the location, I would say there is a 20% renting price increase above the average market price.

Which are the most searched-for property locations for rent in Bucharest?
The most important aspect that studio owners have in mind when renting out a place is accessibility, the area has to be well connected with all means of transportation, it has to be central positioned or at least semi-central. The top searched-for property locations in Bucharest are: Unirii Square, Universitatii Square, Victoriei Square, Muncii Square or Tineretului.

Which is the most popular property type among studio owners?
If we are speaking about experienced studios, they will always go for houses, villas or office spaces, while newcomers go for apartments.

What would be the minimum required usable area in this field?
Usually my clients look for no less than a 100 sqm property. And here we are talking about new studios, or even studios reducing their full capacity, due to various reasons.

And what can you tell us about the optimal number of rooms per property for newcomers?
Generally, for a webcam studio to get return of investment in an adequate time, the optimal number of rooms to start this business with should not be less than 4 rooms. That should be a good start.

How important is the distribution of rooms in a building for a studio in order to sign the contract?
Nowadays, no matter the type of studio, detached apartments are the most searched-for. The privacy of the models is the most important thing in this business.

Are customers willing to invest in a property for an advantageous rent?
Yes, that is a very attractive point, and a lot of my customers are looking for this advantage, with a rental contract for a minimum of 3 years time.

How did the price of the rent fluctuate during the pandemic?
Well, as it was expected, it hasn’t. The requests on the market in this field are and always will be constant, therefore the prices do not fluctuate much. There were some cases where a few webcam studios reduced their working spots, but nothing to influence the market on a larger scale.

How did the relationship between landlords and tenants go during this period? Were the landlords willing to make certain concessions in terms of rents to support tenants?
Absolutely not! Landlords never make any type of concessions when it comes to tenants involved in this business. As long as the work is online, they consider the business can’t be affected financially by the pandemic.

Do landlords require a higher deposit than for other usual tenants?
Usually landlords ask for a 3 months deposit, especially if the property is recently renovated or if it’s at least semi-furnished.

What would be the percentage of customers who prefer long-term contracts?
Well, 100% of the newcomers prefer to sign a 1 year rental contract, as they are at the beginning and uncertain of how things will evolve in their business. As for the experienced webcam studios, most of them go for long term rental contracts, especially if they invest a lot on the property.

On the international market, the pandemic has forced the Live Cam Industry to come up with new solutions for the safety of cam models. CamSoda has launched pop-up studios for cam girls so they can have a workspace where they won’t have to worry about bothering housemates or family with their potentially loud and erotic work.
The concept was firstly introduced in Medellin, Columbia and CamSoda took advantage of the hard-hit real estate market and converted one of the city’s many empty warehouses into studios featuring individual sanitized pods.
Camming has been one of the select few professions to be able to continue and thrive during the coronavirus pandemic by nature of being prime for remote work, making it among the only forms of adult entertainment able to safely produce new material since March 2020. But for cam girls who don’t live alone, quarantining has posed a unique challenge to work-life balance.

Before the pandemic, the company hosted sex workers in its CamSoda House. Due to the social setup of the space, with performers often mingling between shifts, CamSoda decided to try the new pop-up pod model.

Following its success in Colombia, CamSoda is preparing to launch cam co-working pods in the US, starting with states hard-hit by COVID-19, including Florida, California, Texas and Arizona. Read more articles here

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France’s top court rejects core of law attempting to block top tube sites 

As reported by Xbiz, A Paris court of appeals rejected at the end of last month  the attempt by local War on Porn groups, led by an extremist Catholic organization, to use France’s media authority and the courts to block the most popular adult tube sites in the country.

Considering that most tube sites use a pop up to confirm their users are over the age of 18, French media regulator ARCOM went to court in March and April to demand that French ISPs block Pornhub, YouPorn and RedTube, all owned by MindGeek,  as well as Tukif, xHamster, XVideos and XNXX.

The recently formed agency ARCOM considers this measure does not make it possible to guarantee that only an adult is likely to access the pornographic content available.

Rees reported that last on 19th May the Council of State, an appeals court, issued a ruling rendering null all the activities taken up by ARCOM in connection with the initial requests to order a block of adult sites.

The age-verification mandate was secretly added to a quickly approved domestic violence law during an atypical and sparsely attended COVID-era session of the French Parliament in July 2020.

The law that specifies that adult companies should be required to institute measures beyond simply asking an internet user whether they are of age, also empowers a government institution, like ARCOM, to demand that the president of the judicial court order the ISP providers to immediately block infringing sites in the entire country.

Therefore, the Council of State specifically pointed out in the annulment of the proceedings against tube sites, the role played by the extremist Catholic organization Civitas in orchestrating the campaign against adult websites over supposed failure to comply with the 2020 law.

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BCAMS Magazine, the 9th issue!

The independent livecam industry resource for news and tips & tricks for cam models and camsites.

It has been a magnificent year for BCAMS Magazine, and we couldn’t appreciate your trust and support more!

BCAMS Magazine is already celebrating the reach of 150 alluring cam models from all over the world. This edition is dedicated to the models featured in our magazine. These goddesses have been an inspiration for us and for the entire live cam industry. Each feature can be found on BCAMS Magazine’s website.

Our purpose from the beginning was always to put these international cam models in the worldwide spotlight, so each one’s hard work can be recognized and acknowledged appropriately.

“BCAMS Magazine is a fast-growing one, and each issue proved the strong connection made with the live cam industry. Thank you for your trust and support.”

Find out all the good news IsLive has prepared for you! We wonder, do you know what the cam site is bringing different on the market?

Moving forward, meet our new models featured in this issue, who are meant to delight your mind, soul, and body in all possible ways, who will make you clear your mind and think only about them.

Cam Stars Studio is also revealing what kept their success growing since 2008 and which is their business motto. Search for the article and find out more about them!

As we are making our way through the magazine, we were curious: have you ever heard about the term Fictophilia? Let’s find out if you are a fictosexual!

All this and more awaits you in our ninth issue of BCAMS Magazine!

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IsLive goes international, and brings a different kind of training

Islive, the largest cam site in the Netherlands, came in its present form around 2003. This year the cam platform is coming with some brand new changes! Counting on the industry-recognized experts together with the onboarding training program, all the models who will stream on IsLive will be able to understand its ways better and will reach the top standards everyone desires. And that’s not all, read more about IsLive in the following article.

What do you bring different from the other cam sites on the market?
ClubIslive is different from other cam sites by being the largest in the Netherlands.
Going international was not just about expanding the company into different regions. Our goal was to re-connect with ‘Today’s models’. The industry has changed and models worldwide are experiencing new challenges and opportunities.
Globalization, for example, Social Media, is something we want to explore with them. At the same time, we offer different options in terms of sorting and positioning on our domains. So we could still provide the localized solution that we are so well known for.
We all do that by starting a different kind of training.

A different kind of training
We at ClubIslive are determined to predict the potential of the Models the moment they register on the site. Making the first step towards becoming a Model on a new platform is challenging:
Models have to understand the structure of the site, what it represents and how they can use it to contribute to their success.
With the comprehensive onboarding training program, Models will be “guided” from the first step they make and ensure that they understand the “ways of the site” by a series of entertaining but also educational “achievements”.
ClubIslive is a great platform for experienced but also beginner Models who wish to learn about the industry and understand the meaning of creating your own business.
This is a topic our Team is very well equipped for.

Industry recognized experts
At ClubIslive we find it imperative to have a team equipped with the latest trends and know-hows about the industry. We have trainers with over 10 years of experience from different platforms.
All coming from different backgrounds, we have merged our experience and expertise to maximize the quality of the training we can provide our Models on ClubIslive.
Nikki Night and Sandra Lugger have experience in Model training as they are both cam coaches in their own specific regions, not to mention that they were models themselves in the early stages of camming.
This brings more flexibility and experience we use to adapt to all kinds of Models.
Personally, I had the privilege of working with many successful Studios over the years. These were studios mainly from Romania but also located in other countries. The fact that I am currently located in our local Bucharest office, offers the opportunity to meet with my partners and provide localized training.
Furthermore, our Customer Support Team consists of very experienced and knowledgeable people whose only focus is helping models to become better on ClubIslive every day.

Where do you see your new program, ClubIsLive, in the next few years?
Our company has been in the adult industry since 1996 and Islive was formed around 2003. We KNOW the industry and know the people within the industry. Therefore we were able to put together such a great team!
Our vision is to expand the ClubIslive community on a global scale.
2022 will bring some super exciting times for ClubIslive, including a new platform.
We plan to have quarterly updates with features that are inspired by our model’s feedback.

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