Who are the top 10 most-followed Twitch streamers of 2022? What gaming chairs do they use? This end-of-year report wraps up gaming chairs used by top Twitch pros. Each one is a multi-millionaires with a limitless chair budget. Some use mid-back ergonomic office chairs; others prefer full-back racing-style gaming chairs.
What gaming chairs are the world’s most successful Twitch streamers using in 2022? Here’s a breakdown:
As reported across the ChairsFX website, Herman Miller and Secretlab chairs are currently the most popular industry-wide. That’s reflected in the choice of elite Twitch streamer chairs.
In total, 7 of the top 10 Twitch use one or the other. Beyond these, xQc uses a Steelcase Leap. Two other Spanish streamers use custom chairs for promotional ends.
Chairs Used By Top Twitch Streamers
Here are the gaming chairs used by the top Twitch streamers(1) (based on followers, Q4 2022):
Find below a written breakdown of each streamer’s key stats — plus the pros and cons of their preferred gaming chair:
- Ninja (18.4 million followers): Embody Gaming Chair
- AuronPlay (14.1 million): Secretlab Titan 2020 Deadmau5
- Rubius (12.9 million): Drift Gaming Rubius Edition
- Ibai (11.9 million): Secretlab Titan 2020 Stealth
- xQc (11.3 million): Steelcase Leap
- Tfue (11.2 million): Herman Miller Embody
- Shroud (10.4 million): Herman Miller Embody
- TheGrefg (10.3 million): Xtyle Blue Gaming Chair
- JuanSGuarnizo (9.4 million): Embody Office Chair
- Pokimane (9.3 million): Herman Miller Aeron Remastered
Here’s a look at each ranking Twitch streamer and the gaming chair that they use:
Ninja: Embody Gaming Chair
For several years, Richard “Ninja” Blevins has reigned as the world’s most-followed streamer. These days, he streams a lot of Fortnite and some Valorant.
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 and Twitch streamer. On Youtube, despite not posting for over two years, he has 29.2 million subscribers! On Twitch, he has around 4 million fewer subscribers than Ninja. Even so, his streams average 77,352 views — seven times more than Ninja!
Since late 2019, AuronPlay has been using a Secretlab Titan 2020 Deadmau5 chair. This was the same design that Deadmau5 used while performing during his peak. Notably, 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.
On the longevity front, Auronplay averages 95.5 hours online per month (23.8 hours per week). Over three years, his Titan 2020 seems to be holding up well under that load.
The Omega 2020 Deadmau5 $524 is also available from Secretlab for $474.
Rubius: Drift Rubius Edition
Twitch Rank: #3 | Channel
Rubius (Rubén Doblas Gundersen) is a Spanish-Norwegian YouTuber and Twitch streamer. On Twitch, (like many top Spanish streamers), he plays a lot of Minecraft and GTA V.
Rubius is a tall gamer, standing 6’3″. Even so, his chair of choice for several years was a compact-sized DXRacer Drifting Series (now discontinued). In 2021 Rubius collaborated with a Spanish company called Drift on a custom chair for European markets.
The collaboration looks to be a success, and they’ve recently upgraded to the Drift Premium Rubius chair. The new model has a sleeker look and a multi-function tilt lock.
Both models come with 2-year warranties and are only available in Europe.
Ibai: Titan Evo 2020 Stealth
Twitch Rank: #4 | Channel
Ibai (Ibai Llanos Garatea) served as a Spanish presenter for G2 eSports until 2021. These days, his streams feature a lot of LoL commentary and variety chat streams.
At a glance, he appears to be using a Cupra Gaming Chair in his streams. In fact, this Spanish auto accessories maker is partnered with Ibai, but they don’t make chairs. In fact, it’s a Cupra pillow laid over a Titan 2020 chair.
Secretlab Titan 2020 Stealth
Ibai uses a Secretlab Titan 2020 Stealth edition. 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. It’s also rated for sizes 5’9″ and up.
Compared with the 2022 Series, this version’s integrated lumbar is depth but not height-adjustable. Also, its headrest pillow attaches with straps, unlike the 2022 version’s strapless magnetic system.
If you’re 5’9″ or taller and looking for a killer deal, Titan 2020 chairs are now on sale for less than $400!
Learn more in this Titan 2020 vs 2022 Series chair comparison.
xQc: Steelcase Leap
Twitch Rank: #5 | Channel
Félix Lengyel is a French-Canadian known online as 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.
xQc is hard-core, streaming for around 236 hours per month (59 hours per week). To keep his back supported, he tends to cycle through a range of high-end ergonomic chairs. These days, he uses a Steelcase Leap. But at the start of 2022, he was using a Herman Miller Aeron.
Meanwhile, in 2021, he spent most of the year atop a Blue Grotto Herman Miller Embody chair.
In switching over to Steelcase, he’s now exploring the merits of Herman Miller’s largest office chair competitor.
The Leap is the original Steelcase ergonomic chair. It debuted in 1998 as the Steelcase version of Herman Miller’s Aeron chair. It has a different shape and smaller armrest adjustment range, but otherwise similar features.
Like most Steelcase chairs, it has a height-adjustable lumbar plus a lumbar curve that’s built into the backrest. As a reference, here’s my 5’9″ size in Leap and Steelcase Gesture chairs:
Both chairs have built-in lumbar curves lower than my 5’9″ size prefers. Even so, the height-adjustable sliding lumbar compensates well.
Summary of Specs
- Synchro-tilt: seat pan angle 1°; backrest 98° to 125°; 3-inch forward seat slide.
- Seat: height and depth adjustments.
- Armrests: 4D adjustable (7-11″ height range; 12.75-20″ width range)
- Functionality: 3-position seat and backrest tilt lock; 4D armrests with a huge adjustment range.
- Back support: 3D LiveBack (changes shape to mimic the natural motion of the spine).
- Back support: height and depth-adjustable lumbar; 5-position tilt-lock recline.
- Warranty: 12 years on parts, lifetime on the frame.
- Seat width x depth: 19.25″ (W) x 15.75-18.75″ (D)
- Backrest width x height: 18″ (W), 25″ (H)
- Seat height: 16-20.5″
- Arms: 7-11″ height range; 12.75-20″ width range.
- Size rating: 5’4″ to 6’2″ tall; up to 400 pounds
Bottom line: if you’re looking for a fully-loaded alternative to the Aeron, the Leap is the first chair to consider.
Learn more: Steelcase Leap Review
Tfue: Herman Miller Embody
Twitch Rank: #6 | 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 ran 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 office chair.
In early 2022, he switched to an Embody x Logitech G gaming edition. Here’s a recent stream screengrab showing off his chair:
The Embody Gaming edition is almost the same as the office version. It differs with an extra layer of seat padding and a funky blue backrest.
Embody Feature Highlights
Unlike other ergonomic chairs, the Embody doesn’t have an adjustable lumbar support system. Instead, its 3D Pixelated backrest is designed to support the upper spine as a first priority.
Once properly adjusted, the backrest should ‘cup’ your upper spine to ‘suspend’ it up against gravity. As crazy as that sounds in writing, it works spectacularly in practice.
On the downside, getting the Backfit angle set just right is tricky. I needed help from Herman Miller retail staff to figure it out. Those who get it wrong may suffer consequences.
Finally, there’s a tradeoff. One the positive side, the Embody’s upper back support works like nothing else on the market. On the downside, while prioritizing upper back support, lumbar support is almost non-existent.
As a result, while overall posture looks good in an Embody chair, expect a flat lower back curve while you sit!
Summary of Specifications
- Synchro-tilt: seat pan angle 3° to 15°; backrest 94° to 120°
- Pixelated back support: ultra-adaptive mid-back support with pixelated ‘ribs’.
- BackFit angle adjustment: lets you angle the backrest to fit the curvature of your spine.
- Seat adjustments: adjust the seat’s height and depth.
- Armrests: 2D-adjustable
- Backrest: adjust recline tension; 3-position tilt-lock; synchro-tilt
The Embody chair is one-size-fits-all, designed to fit Herman Miller designed to fit 95% of adults. It offers ample adjustment ranges in seat height, arm width, and seat depth.
- Seat: 21.25″ (W) x 15″-18″ (D)
- Backrest: 14″ (W) x 23.5″ (H)
- Armrests: 11.5-21″ width range; 4-8.75″ height range.
- Seat height: 16-20.5″
- Seat depth: 15-18″
- Size Rating: 5’4″ to 6’2″; 300-pound weight capacity
Learn more: Embody Gaming Chair Technical Review
Embody Office editions are also available from Herman Miller for $1795.
Shroud: Embody gaming chair
Twitch Rank: #7 | Channel
Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek is the seventh most-followed streamer on Twitch. These days, he often streams PUBG and Valorant gameplay.
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.
These days, 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.
TheGrefg: XControllers Xtyle Red
Twitch Rank: #8 | Channel
TheGrefg (David Cánovas Martínez) is a Spanish 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.
These days, TheGrefG partners with XControllers, 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.
Recently, TheGrefG has been using a blue version. At the start of 2022, he used a red edition.
Both models come with 3D armrests, standard (not multifunction) tilt, and a 2-year warranty. At present, Xtyle chairs are only available for sale in Spain.
JuanSGuarnizo: Secretlab Titan Batman Edition
Twitch Rank: #9 | Channel
JuanSGuarnizo (Juan Sebastián Guarnizo Algarra) is a Colombian Twitch streamer. These days, he streams a lot of GTA V and Minecraft.
Juan recently started using an all-black Herman Miller Embody office chair. It’s the same as the gaming edition, with minor styling differences.
At the start of this year, Juan was using a Titan 2022 Series Batman Edition. He’s one of the highest-profile streamers this year to switch from a Secretlab to Herman Miller chair.
Learn more: Embody Office Chair Review
Pokimane: Aeron Remastered
Twitch Rank: #10 | Channel
Pokimane started off 2022 using a Herman Miller Aeron. In September 2022, she switched to a Secretlab Titan Frost Blue Softweave chair. After a few months in the Titan, she switched back to her Aeron chair late in the year.
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.
That ‘upgrade’ (from a $2000 Aeron to a $469 Softweave chair) seemed illogical. Many top esports docs agree: don’t switch chairs if pain arises. Instead, check your habits and find the source.
Sure enough, after a few months in a Titan, Pokimane resumed using her Aeron chair.
Herman Miller Aeron Highlights
The Aeron’s secret is its super-suspension 8Z Pellicle mesh. That stuff first debuted in 1996 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There, it helped a driver with a broken back win the 1996 Indy 500.
Circa 2023, the Aeron Remastered mesh remains its star feature. The seat and backrest mesh both have variable tension zones. These adapt to micromovements to keep the user perfectly balanced at all times.
Notably, the mesh concept (floating suspension for delicate, broken backs) negates the need for aggressive lumbar support. As a result, the Aeron offers two options that are both mediocre.
Posturefit is a dual pad depth-adjustable system. The lack of height adjustability guarantees that the pads will not fit your spinal curve precisely. That’s by design.
Meanwhile, the sliding lumbar pad can perfectly support your lower back curve. This feels more reassuring than the Posturefit, but it’s flimsy; moderate pressure can pop it out of its sockets. That’s also by design.
In both cases, the suspension mesh provides the primary posture support. Then, lumbar supports provide extra guidance (rather than full-blown support).
The Aeron Gaming Edition is also available from Herman Miller (preconfigured) for $1805.
Other Gaming Chairs Used By Pros
Beyond Twitch, gaming chairs are used by Youtube streamers and pro esports teams. Here’s a look at chairs used among both groups:
Top Youtuber Gaming Chairs
In 2022, the world’s most popular gaming streamers are split across two platforms. The most-followed Twitch streamers air traditional streams playing games like Fortnite and League of Legends.
The ten Youtuber gamers with the most subscribers are a more diverse bunch. Beyond gaming, many do reaction videos and comedy sketches. Their chair choices are also varied:
Summary of the top 10:
- Pewdiepie (111 million subscribers): Clutch Throttle Pewdiepie Edition
- Fernanfloo (45.5 million): DXRacer Racing Series
- Markiplier (34 million): generic office chair
- Total Gaming (34 million): Secretlab Titan 2020 Charcoal Blue
- Vegetta777 (33.6 million): IKEA Markus
- SSSniperwolf (33 million): Herman Miller Cosm
- Dream (31.2 million): Titan 2022 Stealth
- Mr. Beast Gaming (10.3 million): generic gaming chair
- Jacksepticeye (28.9 million): Herman Miller Aeron
- Thedonato (27.6 million): Aorus Gigabyte
For a detailed breakdown of each Youtuber and their gaming chair, see this feature:
Chairs Used By Elite Esports Teams
Among the 15 top-earning eSports teams of all time(5), 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:
Among pro esports teams, Secretlab dominates. But among the top 20 Twitch and Youtube streamers, Herman Miller inches ahead:
Six of the top 20 streamers rely on Herman Miller; four of those use Embody chairs. Five others use Secretlab Titans. That includes three 2020 Series chairs and two 2022 versions.
Finally, in the gaming chair vs office chair debate, gaming chairs win out. 12 of the top 20 use full-back gaming chairs. The other eight use classic mid-back ergonomic office chairs. For a detailed comparison of the two styles, see this feature:
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