Streamate allows Californian models as independent contractors as of Sept. 29, 2020


Streamate reverses course on California models after AB5 “clean up” bill passes

Cam site Streamate has confirmed that as of September 29, 2020, models living in California are again welcome on the platform. Due to California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), the “gig worker” law, Streamate had terminated all of its Californian models and required them to apply to a third-party studio called Cal Gems (allegedly run by Streamate itself) if they wished to continue streaming on the site. Unfortunately, most models did not meet the stringent requirements to become models through Cal Gems, and most Californian models found other sites. In August, however, California legislators passed AB2257 (unrelated to the federal record-keeping law) which provided exceptions to the independent contractor rules outlined in AB5. One of the exemptions for performing artists appeared to apply to webcam models.

After seeing reports on Twitter from models previously terminated by Streamate who had been told they could return to the site, we reached out to Streamate for confirmation on September 23, 2020. On September 30 we received confirmation from the Cal Gems human resources email (after submitting our question through Streamate Support) that as of September 29, models in California could sign up directly through Streamate:


Recently the AB5 rules in California were changed. As of yesterday models can now create an account directly with Streamate.

Thank you.

Cal-Gems Human Resources

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