What gaming chairs do the pros use in 2022? At the start of every year, we answer this question as a reflection of gaming chair trends. In this 2022 edition, we look at the chairs used by the 15 most-followed Twitch streamers. We also look at the chairs used by the top-15 esports teams of all time.
In this year’s edition, several chair brands are in use among the top-30 streamers. Secretlab leads the pack, with Titan chairs in use by 10 elite streamers or teams. Herman Miller ranks second with five using an Aeron or Embody chair. Other brands making appearances include IKEA, Anda Seat, Steelcase, and XChair.
Chairs Used By Top Twitch Streamers
Here are the gaming chairs used by the top-15 streamers(1) (based on the number of followers):
- Ninja (17.3 million followers): Embody Gaming Chair
- AuronPlay (11.2 million): Secretlab Titan 2020 Deadmau5
- Tfue (10.8 million): Herman Miller Embody; Razer Iskur
- Rubius (10.8 million): Drift Gaming Rubius Edition
- Shroud (9.9 million): Herman Miller Embody
- xQcOW (9.8 million): Herman Miller Aeron
- TheGregfg (9.2 million): Xtyle Red Gaming Chair
- Ibai (8.9 million): Secretlab Titan Stealth Edition
- Pokimane (8.5 million): Titan 2022 Frost Blue Softweave
- Myth (7.4 million): Herman Miller Aeron (armless)
- HeelMike (7.4 million): Secretlab Titan G2 eSports Edition
- TimTheTatman (7.02 million): Herman Miller Embody
- TommyInnit (6.9 million): IKEA Markus
- JuanSGuarnizo (6.2 million): Secretlab Titan Batman Edition
- NickMercs (6.2 million): Steelcase Gesture
Here’s a quick look at each top streamer and the gaming chair that they use:
Ninja: Embody Gaming Chair
Twitch Rank: #1 | Channel
For several years, Richard “Ninja” Blevins has reigned as the world’s most-followed streamer. On Twitch, he has six million more followers than #2-ranked Auronplay. These days, he streams a lot of Fortnite, League of Legends, and Valorant gameplay.
From 2018 until late 2022, Ninja used a custom Maxnomic Pro gaming chair. It came in his personal color palette, with Ninja logos on the front and back.
In February 2022, he built himself a new streaming setup. As its centerpiece, he replaced his Maxnomic chair with a Herman Miller Embody gaming chair(2).
Herman Miller Embody gaming chair
The Embody gaming chair is a collaboration between Herman Miller and Logitech. It has the same features as the classic Embody chair, with a few tweaks.
First is a multi-layered seat suited to the more active posture style of pro eSports players. It includes two spring layers, a mat layer, and a foam layer. The foam contains copper-fused cooling technology, helping the seat to stay cool at all times.
Over the foam layer is a new dark fabric skin with a grooved surface and Logitech G logo on the front of the backrest. On the back of the chair is a blue plastic backrest with black ‘ribs’ and a central spine. The whole unit adapts to micro-movements.
That ensures consistent support no matter what position the user moves into. Also noteworthy are the blue color accents. Those reflect the color of the Logitech G logo.
Learn more: Embody Gaming Chair Review.
The Embody office edition is also available for $1895.
AuronPlay: Secretlab Titan Deadmau5
Twitch Rank: #2 | Channel
AuronPlay (Raúl Álvarez Genes) is a Spanish comedian, Youtuber, and Twitch streamer. He’s the third most-subscribed Youtuber in Spain. He also has the second-most followers on Twitch. His streams are diverse, featuring a variety of games like Fortnite, Minecraft, and Rust.
AuronPlay uses a Secretlab Titan 2020 Deadmau5 chair. It’s the actual design that music maverick Dadmau5 uses while performing. However, this is one of the few designs that were not carried over when the Titan upgraded to the 2022 Series.
As a result, it’s only available in Titan 2020 and Omega 2020 Series variants. The former is a larger chair with flat seat edges and an integrated lumbar.
The latter is a compact chair with bladed seat edges and a memory foam lumbar pillow. Learn more in this Titan 2020 vs Omega 2020 Technical Comparison.
The Omega 2020 Deadmau5 $524 is also available from Secretlab for $474.
Tfue: Herman Miller Embody / Razer Iskur
Twitch Rank: #3 | Channel
Tfue is a former pro player with FaZe Clan and one of the highest-earning “Fortnite” players of all time. Early in his streaming career, he operated a cluttered gaming station without much attention to aesthetics.
For several years, he had used a custom Maxnomic OFC chair. He also has a DXRacer Drifting Series in his collection. In 2021, he made a couple of changes.
Herman Miller Embody Chair
In 2021, Tfue cleaned up his cable management and refined his production values. He also switched to streaming from a black Herman Miller Embody chair. Tfue’s model comes with a black frame and black fabric cover.
The office Embody chair has the same features as the gaming edition. It costs between $1895-$2165 depending on your choice of frame. The graphite edition is the cheapest. The white and titanium version is the most expensive.
There are also nine polyester fabric cover styles to choose from. Learn more in this Embody Office Chair Review.
The Embody Gaming edition is also available for $1795.
In late December 2021, Tfue started streaming from his bedroom. There, he uses a Razer Iskur gray fabric edition. It has 4D armrests, a flip-out lumbar support system, and a conventional (not multifunction) tilt. That means you can rock the seat, but not lock it at angles.
It also comes with a decent 3-year warranty. Even so, it’s the same price as the Secretlab Titan. That model offers a longer warranty, multifunction tilt, and a choice of eight fabric styles.
But in terms of popularity, Razer gaming chairs almost match up with Secretlab. Razer has massive clout in the eSports hardware world. As a result, the Iskur chair (despite its mediocre value-for-money) is a hot pick for hard-core gamers like Tfue.
Learn more in this Razer Iskur Gaming Chair Review.
Rubius: Drift Rubius Edition
Twitch Rank: #4 | Channel
Rubius (Rubén Doblas Gundersen) is a Spanish-Norwegian YouTuber and Twitch streamer. On Twitch, he streams Rust, League of Legends, and a lot of general chats. He’s a tall gamer, standing 6’3″.
Even so, his chair of choice for several years was a compact-sized DXRacer Drifting Series (now discontinued). Recently, Rubius collaborated with a Spanish company called Drift. They make gaming chairs and serve all parts of Europe.
The Drift Rubius edition comes in black PU leather with 4D arms, recline to 135°, and a conventional tilt. Note that the Drift company isn’t (officially) associated with DXRacer.
Even so, the Drift Rubius and DXRacer Drift are almost identical. Both have similar features, dimensions, and styling. Both also come with identical 2-year warranties.
The Drift Rubius Edition is available from Drift for residents of the EU and UK.
Shroud: Embody gaming chair
Twitch Rank: #5 | Channel
Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek is the fifth most-followed streamer on Twitch. These days, he often streams Escape From Tarkov and Valorant gameplay. Valorant, Rainbow Six Siege, Rust, and Warcraft Shadowlands.
For several years, Shroud had used a Herman Miller Aeron chair(3). In mid-2020, he partnered with Logitech G on a line of Shroud-branded peripherals. As a result, he now uses a Herman Miller X Logitech G Embody gaming chair.
As a result, his old Aeron chair sits on standby in the background. Also in the background is an Eames Lounge chair and Ottoman ($6,495 from Herman Miller).
Learn more: Embody Gaming Chair Review.
xQcOW: Herman Miller Aeron
Twitch Rank: #6 | Channel
Félix Lengyel is a French-Canadian known online as xQcOW, or xQc. He’s a former pro player for the Dallas Fuel in the Overwatch League. He also represented Team Canada in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Overwatch World Cups.
These days, xQcOW does a lot of general chats while playing GTA, Valorant, Rust, and League of Legends. Last year, XQC used a Herman Miller Embody chair. His model had a standard black graphite frame and ‘Blue Grotto’ fabric upholstery.
Recently, he’s been using a Herman Miller Aeron. Because of his rail-thin 6’2″ frame, we assume he’s using an Aeron remastered XL size.
Herman Miller Aeron Remastered
The Herman Miller Aeron comes in Remastered and gaming editions. Both come fully-loading with 8Z Pellicle mesh upholstery and advanced seat/ backrest tilting functionality. Aeron Remastered editions are available in three sizes:
On ChairsFX, the Aeron ranks as the best ergonomic chair in the world. Compared to the Embody, it’s cheaper and also easier to use. In fact, its combination of adaptive mesh, tilt functionality, and lumbar support makes it almost impossible to sit with a slouch! Key features:
- Synchro-tilt: seat pan angle from -1° to 16°; backrest 93° to 104°
- Upholstery: Pellicle 8Z mesh provides eight zones of varying tension for ultra-responsive support.
- PostureFit Lumbar: depth–adjustable support for the lumbar and sacral spine.
- Seat: adjust the height; limit the tilt range; adjust the tilt tension; sync-tilt with the backrest.
- Backrest: forward tilt option; height and depth adjustable PostureFit lumbar support.
- Armrests: 3D adjustable.
- Warranty: 12 years.
As a straight listing, these features look impressive but don’t mean much. To get around that, check our Aeron Gaming Chair Review. It provides a clear explanation of each feature. That makes it easy to assess its suitability for your needs.
Bottom line: if you can stomach the high price, you’ll enjoy consistent comfort for 12 years.
The Aeron Remastered Office edition is also available from Herman Miller for $1445.
TheGregfg: XControllers Xtyle Red
Twitch Rank: #7 | Channel
TheGrefg (David Cánovas Martínez) is a Spanish YouTuber and Twitch streamer. In January 2021, he streamed a reveal of his Fornite cosmetic skin. Over 2.4 million concurrent viewers took part, setting a Guinness World Record.
XControllers is a Spanish maker of custom Sony Playstation controllers. The company also makes XChairs, a line of colorful, affordable racing-style gaming chairs with prosumer features.
Highlights include 3D armrests, standard (not multifunction) tilt, and a 2-year warranty. TheGrefg’s Xtyle Red comes with a black PU leather base with red and white trim.
At present, XChair gaming chairs are only available for sale in Spain.
Ibai: Titan Evo 2022 Stealth
Twitch Rank: #8 | Channel
Ibai (Ibai Llanos Garatea) served as a Spanish presenter for G2 eSports until 2021. He’s also a popular Twitch streamer and Youtube content creator. These days, his streams feature a lot of eSports commentary and Egoland gameplay.
Egoland is an exclusive Rust server for Spanish-speaking content creators. In 2021, Ibaai, Auronplay, Rubius, and other top Spanish creators came together there.
The project was a massive hit, drawing record-breaking audiences. In the process, it propelled Spanish streamers to new heights.
Secretlab Titan 2022 Stealth
Ibai uses a Secretlab Titan Stealth edition gaming chair. Ibai is small and thick, standing 5’9″ and weighing around 240 pounds. The Titan comes with a flat, wide seat suitable for thick sizes. Given his height, we’re guessing he chose the medium-sized version.
Compared to other gaming chairs, several things set the Titan 2022 Series apart. First, it’s the only premium gaming chair available in three sizes. Second, it’s the only one with a 4-way integrated lumbar and strapless magnetic headrest.
In sum, these features let you tailor your back support better than in any other chair. Adjust the lumbar up or down to fill your lower back curve. Adjust the headrest to perfectly fit the nape of your neck.
Other buying incentives include a 5-year warranty and a choice of 40+ striking designs. It’s everything you could hope for in a gaming chair, with a reasonable price to boot! See our Titan Stealth Review for a hands-on look at this design.
|Stealth Editions||2022 Series NEW||2020 Series DISCOUNT|
|Small||Stealth 2022 small $499||Omega Stealth $399|
|Medium||Stealth 2022 medium $499||Titan 2020 Stealth $449|
|XL||Stealth 2022 XL $549||Titan XL 2020 Stealth $529|
Secretlab gaming chairs are available from Secretlab in North America, the EU and UK, Oceania, Singapore, and Malaysia.
Pokimane: Titan 2022 Frost Blue Softweave
Twitch Rank: #9 | Channel
Pokimane no longer uses a Herman Miller Aeron. As of September 2022, she’s been streaming atop a Secretlab Titan Frost Blue Softweave chair.
Imane Anys is a Moroccan-Canadian streamer known online as Pokimane. She first made her mark streaming League of Legends and Fortnite. She’s also a founder of OfflineTV.
Pokimane Chair History
Since Pokimane started streaming in 2018, she’s used 5 different chairs. She started atop a Dxracer. In 2019, she posted a home setup video where she raves about her Herman Miller Embody chair(4).
Soon after, she switched to a Noblechairs Epic gaming chair (2019-2021). In late 2021, she developed an RSI (repetitive strain injury) in her wrist.
To address that, she upgraded to a Herman Miller Aeron. In her 9 months of owning it, she used it during streams for only around 2 months. Soon after, she went on hiatus.
When she returned in early September 2022, her Aeron had disappeared. In its place is a Secretlab Titan 2022 Frost Blue Softweave chair.
Unlike the other streamers in this article, she transitioned the other way. She ‘upgraded’ from her $2000 Aeron to a $469 Softweave model. In her case her, the ‘upgrade’ from one to the other makes sense.
Ninja, Tfue, Shroud, TimtheTatman and others upgrade to Herman Miller chairs in pursuit of greater business glory. In contrast, Pokimane intents to gear down and chillax a lot more. From that perspective, a Titan makes sense over an Aeron chair!
Myth: Herman Miller Aeron
Twitch Rank: #10 | Channel
Ali Kabbani (aka Myth) joined Team SoloMid (TSM) as a content creator and Fortnite player in 2018. Over the years, he’s built up a massive following on both Youtube and Twitch.
Late in 2021, he left the team, claiming it had “lost the family feel”(5). At present, he’s a free agent, with some speculating that he’ll land with 100 Thieves or NRG.
Like xQcOW, Myth switched from a Herman Miller Embody to an Aeron chair in 2021. Interestingly, Myth uses his Aeron chair without its armrests. Speculation: like Pokimane, he suffers from gamer-related wrist pain. Removing the armrests is his DIY solution.
Which is better for hard-core gamers: the Secretlab Titan or Herman Miller Aeron? Find the best fit for your needs in this head-to-head comparison:
Other Top-15 Streamers
Here’s a quick look at the 11th to 15th Twitch streamers with the most followers:
HeelMike: Secretlab Titan G2 eSports Edition
Twitch Rank: #11 | Channel
Heelmike is an American content creator and streamer for G2 eSports. According to his G2 profile, he’s not a cocky dude-bro — he’s a confident one. ” I run an elite organization and we are sitting comfy on the top of the food chain.”
As expected, Mike heels it up in an official Secretlab Titan G2 eSports chair. Secretlab currently sells chairs from eight pro eSports team partners. In that collection, the G2 Army of Champions edition is one of the most colorful.
TimTheTatman: Herman Miller Embody
Twitch Rank: #12 |
TimTheTatman has the 12th-most followers on Twitch. That is despite him leaving the platform to stream exclusively on Youtube. He made the move in September 2021 and now has 4.3 million subscribers there.
Tim has been using a Herman Miller Embody chair for a few years. Last year, he signed on as a product ambassador for Herman Miller gaming. As a result, he now uses a full Herman Miller setup.
That includes an Embody x Logitech G gaming chair, a sit-stand desk, and a monitor arm. To learn more about the bundle, check this Herman Miller Gaming Chairs & Accessories Review.
The Embody Classic (various color schemes) is also available from Herman Miller for $1825.
TommyInnit (6.9 million): IKEA Markus
Twitch Rank: #13 | Channel
Tommyinnit (Thomas Simons) is an English Youtuber and Twitch streamer. He does a lot of Minecraft streams with plenty of lad banter. Tommy stands out as the only top-15 streamer not using an ergonomic chair.
The IKEA Markus has non-adjustable armrests, a mesh backrest, and a fabric padded seat. You can adjust the seat height, and also the backrest recline. There’s a lumbar support pad built-in, but it’s also non-adjustable.
For full-time gaming, the lack of armrest adjustability probably hinders Tommy the most. Adjustable ones provide crucial support for the wrists, arms, and shoulders.
Without that support, excess pressure gets placed on the neck, shoulders, and elbows. Read Why Non-Ergo Chairs Are Bad For The Back to learn more.
IKEA also makes (non-ergonomic) gaming chairs. See this IKEA Gaming Collection Report for details.
JuanSGuarnizo: Secretlab Titan Batman Edition
Twitch Rank: #14 | Channel
JuanSGuarnizo (Juan Sebastián Guarnizo Algarra) is a Colombian streamer and Youtuber. He’s active in the Rust Egoland scene. He also streams South Park: The Fractured But Whole and Marvel’s Spiderman.
Given his affinity for superheroes, his chair of choice makes sense. Juan uses a Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 Batman edition chair. It’s a black leatherette chair with subtle detailing. It has carbon side wings, yellow threading, and Batman logos on front and back.
The Batman chair is one of four Secretlab DC character designs. For a closer look at each model, see this Secretlab DC Superhero Chair Roundup.
Available from Secretlab in North America, the EU and UK, Oceania, Singapore, and Malaysia.
NickMercs: Steelcase Gesture
Twitch Rank: #15 | Channel
Nickmercs (Nicholas Kolcheff) is an American Twitch streamer, YouTuber, and Part-Owner of FaZe Clan. He rose to fame in 2018 as a content creator with 100 Thieves. A year later, he left to assume a similar role with FaZe Clan. In April 2021, word leaked on Twitter that he had become a part-owner of the squad(6).
In this 2019 setup tour, Nick shows off his Steelcase Gesture chair. Today, his Gesture remains his main ride. That’s essentially a Steelcase version of the Herman Miller Embody.
Both come with ultra-adaptive backrest technology, robust tilt functionality, and next-level armrest adjustability. Both also come with 12-year warranties. The Gesture differs with a lower price and even better armrest adjustability.
So why isn’t it more popular among the pros? Our guess: Herman Miller markets aggressively to gamers; Steelcase focuses on B2B sales. As a result, we see many pros using Herman Miller chairs, but only Nickmercs with a Steelcase.
To learn more, see this Review of Best Steelcase Ergonomic Chairs. That includes technical analyses of the Steelcase Gesture, Leap, Think, and more.
The Steelcase Gesture is also available on Amazon for $1,362.80.
Chairs Used By Pro eSports Teams
Global video game revenue in 2020 was $179 billion(7). That surpasses the combined revenue of the global movie and North American sports industries. Like top streamers, pro eSports teams are a key driver of video game popularity.
In 2020, global eSports revenues topped $1.1 billion(8). 75% of that revenue is from media rights and sponsorships. The rest comes from tournament prize winnings.
The more successful eSports teams perform in tournaments, the more money they make on the side. Over time, the top-earning teams of all time are among the most famous in eSports. These are the best-developed teams that perform at consistently high levels year after year.
Top-15 eSports Teams of All Time
Among the 15 top-earning eSports teams of all time(9), ten are partnered with either Secretlab or Anda Seat.
Based on early 2022 earnings, here are the top-15 eSports of all time and their chair partners:
1. Team Liquid: Secretlab Titan
Career earnings: $38,207,210
This Dutch squad has reigned as the world’s most successful team (based on earnings) for several years. The team competes for all major eSports titles (DOTA 2, League of Legends, CS:GO, etc).
2. OG: Secretlab Titan
Career earnings: $35,649,323
Led by Johan “N0tail” Sundstein, this Euro squad has won four major Dota Championships. Since Jan. 2020, the team has been riding Secretlab DreamOG edition chairs into battle. In 2021, the team updated their chair’s design to incorporate the Red Bull logo.
3. Evil Geniuses: Secretlab Titan
Career earnings: $25,571,431
This Seattle-based super-squad has won majors in both Dota2 and CS:GO. Beyond Secretlab, EG partners include Monster Energy, Coinbase, and Bud Light.
4. Team Spirit: Secretlab Titan
Career earnings: $19,874,022
The unheralded (Russian) Team Spirit snuck into the International 10’s bottom bracket. They went on to crush elite competition to take home the top prize. To celebrate, they’ve recently partnered with Secretlab.
Learn more: Team Spirit Partners With Secretlab
Fifth-ranked Virtus.pro ($18,122,325 career earnings) does not have a gaming chair partner.
6. Fnatic: Anda Seat Fnatic Edition
Career earnings: $17,440,144
UK-based Fnatic competes in Apex Legends, CS:GO, Dota 2, League of Legends, PUBG Mobile, and more. They dominate Europe, winning more LEC titles than any other team. Since mid-2020, the team has partnered with Anda Seat.
Here are the rest of the top-earning teams of all time (including those without chair partners):
- Natus Vincere ($16,937,369): Anda Seat
- Team Secret ($16,189,522): Secretlab
- Paris Saint-Germain eSports ($15,589,648): no chair partner
- Vici Gaming ($15,048,251): no chair partner
- Invictus Gaming ($14,598,303): Secretlab
- Newbee ($14,225,385): disbanded
- LGD Gaming ($11,960,444): no chair partner
- T1 ($11,883,516): Secretlab
- Cloud9 ($11,041,103): Secretlab
For a closer look at the top teams and their official gaming chairs, see this feature:
Top-10 eSports Teams of 2021
Among the top-performing teams of 2021, official chair partners include Secretlab, Anda Seat, and Respawn. The biggest surprise of the year was the top-performing team.
Team Spirit entered the International 10 as a heavy underdog. Then, this Russian squad tore through elite teams to claim an $18.7 million top prize. Soon after, Secretlab signed on as the team’s official chair partner.
- Team Spirit: recently signed with Secretlab
- Paris Saint-Germain eSports: no chair partner
- Natus Vincere: Anda Seat
- Team Secret: Secretlab
- Qiao Gu Reapers: no chair partner
- Invictus Gaming: Secretlab
- Virtus.pro: no chair partner
- Gambit eSports: no chair partner
- Atlanta FaZe: Respawn
- T1 eSports: Secretlab
For a closer look at each team, their official chair, and their 2021 achievements, see this:
What gaming chairs do the pros use in 2022? Among the top-15 Twitch streamers, eight use racing-style gaming chairs. Six others use ergonomic office chairs. Only one uses a non-ergonomic chair.
Among the elite pro eSports teams, racing-style gaming chairs dominate. Ten of the top-15 teams have official gaming chair partners. Of the top-15, Secretlab partners with eight of them.
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