In 2018, the video game industry was estimated to be worth approximately $135 billion in terms of revenue – a massive 10.9% growth compared to 2017. Whilst in the USA alone, nearly 70% of the entire population – that’s over 200 million people – plays video games. Video gaming has become a hobby, a pastime, an escape from our sometimes boring and mundane lives and also a competitive sport.
Of course, video gaming comes in different shapes and forms. For example, in 2018 there were 2.1 billion mobile phone gamers worldwide – a trend that is increasing each and every year. There are approximately 1.23 billion PC gamers worldwide and around 640 million console gamers in the world. These numbers mean that there are close to 4 billion gamers worldwide and the numbers are rising each year.
Although mobile gamers comprise the biggest demographic of video gamers, it is PC gamers that have the greatest amount of decisions to make when they sit down to play their favorite video games. One of the most important decisions a PC gamer has to make is what kind of gaming equipment to choose. Equipment, of course, includes which PC to buy – there are many different types of gaming PCs that have a variety of different specs etc. Mouse’s and mouse mats are important depending on what genre of game you play – if you are playing a shooter then it is important that you have a lot of room for your mouse to move on, for example. Monitors are also important; is one monitor enough or do you prefer two? What size monitor would most suit your standards? Perhaps one of the least thought of but arguably most important item for any PC gamer, though, is the chair that they use to game on.
If you’re a gamer of any sort and you spend several hours per day playing on your favorite video games, then you will know how important comfort is when you are gaming. Comfort not only ensures the obvious (how comfortable you are) but it all ensures that you are relaxed enough to stay on top of your game no matter how long you play. If your back is in pieces after two hours, this is going to have a dramatic effect on your gameplay.
Which Gaming Chairs Are Available?
If you are the type of person who enjoys customizing your gaming chair, then the well-known DXracer Gaming Chairs might be the ones for you. This brand of gaming chair is probably the most well-known on the planet. If you regularly tune into esports events, you will have certainly seen these chairs before. The company invests heavily into marketing their chairs which is why you seem them at esports events. If you are an esports player or streamer you may even be able to get your hands on one of these chairs for free:
“If you’re big enough though, get in touch with the DXRacer branch in your country and see if they are interested in sponsoring you,” says ProGamingChair.
They come in a variety of shapes and can accommodate a person of any size – hence their ‘Really Big’ and ‘Really Tall’ range of chairs. If you purchase one of these gaming chairs, you also have the option of choosing the color scheme of them – these chairs are a lot more unique than your average gaming chair.
DXracer chairs are a bit pricy, however. On their website the chairs cost between $280 and $600. These chairs do, however, have a lot of ergonomic features including adjustable arms and a conventional tilt mechanism.
These chairs can even be used as office chairs such is their level of comfort. However, there are cheaper alternatives on the market which have very similar features to the DXracer series of chairs so unless you have unlimited funds, I would recommend that you shop around.
The Value For Money Choice
If you would rather not spend upwards of $250 on a gaming chair, then don’t worry – there are many high quality affordable gaming chairs out on the market. The Homall Gaming Chair has the appearance of some of its more expensive competitors, brings some similar ergonomic features but all at the extremely affordable price of $96. This chair has everything a gamer needs, it comes in a variety of colors and is built for comfort.
The Homall gaming chair is one of the most popular on the market and is rated 4/5 stars on Amazon.
The Customers Choice
If you value what customers think then let me introduce you to the highest rated gaming chair on Amazon – the GT Omega Pro. Coming in at a price of £200, the chair is not cheap, however, it is still less expensive than many of its competitors. The GT Omega Pro has a huge amount of features and specifications – some of these include: 4D adjustable armrests, a headrest pillow and lumbar cushion and synthetic leather material. This chair is orthopedically and ergonomically designed so it is good for your back and is as comfortable as any chair on the market. One Amazon reviewer wrote: “This chair does cost a fair bit, but I feel, if you can save up for it, it is definitely a worthy investment if you sit at a desk for long durations during the day.”
Aside from the somewhat expensive price, the only downside to this chair is how heavy it is – if you have to lug it up a flight of stairs be prepared for a bit of hard work!
The Crème de la Creme
Voted as the best gaming chair of 2019 (although somewhat prematurely) the Secretlab Omega Gaming Chair is arguably the best made chair out there and also one of the very best. Secretlab uses the most optimal materials in order to make their chairs. A feature that Secretlab offers to customers who purchase one of their chairs is the included velour memory foam and head pillows. The chair is a favorite of many gamers, gaming streamers and even esports professionals. Patrik Nilsson, a writer at EsportsOnly and an avid Dota 2 gamer is a big supporter of Secretlabs range of chairs, he says: “As a huge esports fan and regular Dota player, I spend a lot of my time on my computer so it is vital that I have a proper chair to sit on. This chair ticks all the boxes and is as good now as it was when I bought it – almost a year ago.”
The chairs come with all the usual ergonomic and orthopedic features and if you want to treat yourself to a chair that will last for years and is at the absolute top of the comfort range, then the Secretlab Omega Gaming Chair will be right up your alley.
So there you have it, a range of chairs all designed specifically for gamers to game in both style and comfort. There are of course many different types, designs and brands of gaming chairs out there so if you are looking to buy, ensure that you shop around and pick the best option for you.