Here’s what you never knew about Brazzers, the controversial, MILF-loving porn site

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You’ll never guess how they came up with the name.

Brazzers is one of the most famous porn websites in the world. Yes, it’s probably not your immediate go-to spot for online adult entertainment—it doesn’t necessarily have the name recognition that Pornhub enjoys and it doesn’t necessarily have the crossovers appeal shown by a site like xHamster—but chances are good you’ve run across a Brazzers.com video or a tube site that it owns.

Brazzers has been in the online porn business for nearly 15 years, and its impact is far-reaching. As the online world moves and transitions, so does Brazzers’ content. But that doesn’t mean it’s a perfectly ethical, safe production company. Brazzers has had its fair share of legal issues and has even been banned by entire countries.

Here are the most interesting, surprising facts about Brazzers and how it has come to monetize online adult entertainment in an age where porn is, well, everywhere.

13 bawdy facts about Brazzers

1) Foosball helped lead to the creation of the site

Matt Keezer was a serious foosball player in Montreal when he met Ouissam Youssef and Stephane Manos on the competitive circuit in 2003. According to New York magazine, Keezer was the best player of the three—he had livestreamed some of his training sessions on the internet—and eventually, the trio became business partners. By 2003, they had erected sites like Jugg World, Ass Listing, and KeezMovies. Since money was pouring in, they began an affiliate network named Jugg Cash and a pay site called Brazzers. As for how they got the name, New York explains, “Several of the founders were of Middle Eastern extraction, and the name was their private joke, a throaty immigrant-Arabonics version of ‘brothers.’”

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2) Brazzers helped bring in the big-breasted MILF wave

Feras Antoon, a Brazzers co-founder, explained the approach taken by the site to make a name for itself. Basically, it was all about large breasts and, eventually, mature women. “The big-tits niche was so cheap,” Antoon told New York. “They saw, wow, that tit niche is huge. Then they realized that the MILF niche—the older-woman niche—is even bigger. And they became the masters of the big-tit–MILF niche.” The editor of Fleshbot, Lux Alptraum, said, “They changed the face of porn.”

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3) One of the former owners had to be extradited on a tax evasion charge

Two years after buying the company that included Brazzers, a German businessman named Fabian Thylmann was extradited from Belgium to Germany on suspicion of not paying the taxes he owed. Described by the Telegraph as the “King of Porn, Thylmann reportedly said that he hasn’t evaded taxes but had simply tried to minimize the taxes he actually owed. In 2015, Thylmann was indicted on a tax evasion charge. According to LAD Bible, the case was dropped after Thylmann paid a €5 million fine (he reportedly had sold his porn portfolio in 2013 for €73 million).

Brazzers Fabian Thylmann Bits & Pretzels/YouTube

4) Brazzers experienced a data breach

In what must always be always a terrifying bit of news for porn watchers, in September 2016 nearly 800,000 registered users had their information exposed in a data breach. Email addresses, usernames, and passwords were released. Details reportedly were lifted from a fan forum where users post their favorite porn stars and favorite scenes.

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5) Brazzers is blocked in Russia

Russia blocked Brazzers from its country because the site has a purely “negative influence on the human psyche,” the Moscow Times reported. A Russian court ruled that Brazzers also violated the rights of its citizens. In response, Brazzers offered two weeks of free access to its premium site (which, with a separate URL from its free site, wasn’t banned) for anybody in Russia. According to the Times, only 4 percent of Brazzers’ traffic emanates from Russia.

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6) The site boasts its own scientific theory

As the Daily Dot detailed in 2017, a Twitter comedian coined the phrase “Brazzer’s Law,” which refers to the phenomenon that people who share their online opinion with major news organization also invariably tweet their thoughts to porn stars. While the theory, of course, isn’t 100 percent accurate, Brazzer’s Law seems to be true more often than you might think.

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7) One Brazzers performer insured his penis for a load of money

In 2012, Keiran Lee, a British porn star employed by Brazzers, insured his nine-inch penis for $1 million. Lee told Elite Daily that this was because he was Brazzers’ only true male porn star. “Initially, the insurance policy was an in-house discussion with Brazzers as I shot so many scenes with them,” he said. “The Brazzers production team were worried that, if I ever broke it, they’d have nobody to shoot the remaining scenes.”

The only way Lee can collect on the policy is if he broke his penis while performing his job or if he had a “freak accident.” Lee said, “Although a million dollars is a lot of money, to me, my penis is priceless.”

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8) You can pay for Brazzers content in cryptocurrency

Beginning in April 2018, the company that owns Brazzers—MindGeek, which also owns Pornhub—announced it would begin accepting a cryptocurrency called Verge. According to a Pornhub release, Verge “allows for anonymous transactions by obfuscating the IP address and geolocation of its users so that they are untraceable.” In the announcement, Pornhub said Verge, “doesn’t use cryptography as much to become an anonymous cryptocurrency. Instead, it uses Tor and I2P network to achieve its goals.”

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9) Brazzers wanted to help relax college students

In much the same way Brazzers offered to give Russian citizens two weeks of free premium content, the site wanted to help college students relieve a little bit of stress by offering them four free months to the premium portion of the site. In its SFW video, Brazzers explained it simply wanted to “ease your load.” Students also had the chance to win 25 years of free porn by submitting an essay or a video on “How Brazzers Will Help Me Graduate.”

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10) Here’s how much (and how fast) people orgasm while watching

This graphic obviously isn’t up to date, especially since the site is now 14 years old. But it’s an instructive archive of porn statistics nonetheless. According to this Reddit infographic, users log in for an average of just under five minutes. Do with that information what you will.

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11) Nikki Benz filed a lawsuit against Brazzers for assault and sexual battery

In April 2018, porn star Nikki Benz filed a $5 million lawsuit against Brazzers, according to the Wrap. Benz claimed that during a 2016 shoot, she was hit in the face, head, and breasts “hard enough to cause her to bleed.” Benz said she knew it was supposed to be a “hardcore” scene, but in the suit, she said the director slapped her face and breasts and choked her with one hand while he filmed with the other. She also said her costar threw her against a wall and that she was waterboarded with her own underwear. The director, Tony T., was fired by Brazzers, and he eventually counter-sued Benz for defamation. In May, the Blast reported that the director would not face criminal charges due to “insufficient evidence.”

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12) Brazzers jokingly produced its own smartphone

Brazzers wasn’t actually putting out its own phone. But it did imagine what it would want from a smartphone made especially for mobile porn. So, it came up with the Brazzers Peach.

As pointed out by Techworm, some of the features of the make-believe mobile device include the ability to use your “dick-print” to open the phone, a flexible stylus that can be used for your masturbating pleasure, holographic porn technology, and a splash-resistant screen. “The Brazzers Peach is what our team thinks an NSFW-optimized smartphone would be, if it actually existed,” Gary Ticher, the marketing director of Brazzers, said.

Brazzers peach smartphone Brazzers/YouTube

13) Brazzers turned to an infamous pro wrestler for help teaching

Joey Ryan has made a name for himself in pro wrestling by using his, um, literal big dick energy to flip over his opponents.

Here’s one example of his penile strength.

Naturally, Brazzers used Ryan to help teach its porn stars how to wrestle. In a brief, pseudo-instructional video released by Brazzers via Trendzz in 2017, Ryan worked with Rachel Roxxx and Lea Lexis to hone their moves in the wrestling ring, including the side headlock and the camel clutch. It’s all SFW.

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Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance. 

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Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.