At the turn of the millennium there were 38 gay porn studios. Names we all know like Falcon, Colt, TreasureIslandMedia, Mustang, HDK, Catalina, Buckshot, Titan, and DickWadd. Five years later, along came Sean Cody with his pioneering eight-minute*, internet-only scenes and it all changed. Hundreds of internet studios cropped up. Then came internet piracy and free porn platforms and gay porn altered forever. By 2016, porn stars were producing their own content. They weren’t paying for actors, just picking guys they fancied and putting the resulting content on sites such as OnlyFans, JustFor.Fans, and 4my.fans. At the end of 2019 there were just under 10,000 gay fansites – mini one-man-band studios. And a handful of them are very lucrative! But if you want locations, groups, stories, a script, and good lighting, don’t go to a fansite. Though if you want access and closeness with one particular star, they’re for you. The big studios are still around but are there enough paying customers to go around? Will the ‘Wild West’ mentality of fansites see them come unstuck when the law catches up? The next ten years will give us an idea!
*Eight minutes: The average time a gay guy watches porn before he busts his nut.