The popular proverb- ‘All’s well that ends well’ doesn’t imply for the recently ended CES 2017, in particular for Razer, a major gaming-lifestyle brand. Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan at the end of the trade show complained that two of the company’s prototype devices have been stolen by show’s on-goers from their respective booth. He posted the news on Facebook as under,
Two of our prototypes were stolen from our booth at CES today,We have filed the necessary reports and are currently working with the show management as well as law enforcement to address this issue.
The company showed off two major prototypes at the event- firstly Project Valerie, with triple 17-inch 4K panels, and a beastly GTX 1080 GPU pumping power to it. And the other one being Project Ariana, a projection system that projects lower resolution game content over to a high-resolution TV or monitor. The company has not yet clarified what was exactly stolen though. In addition Tan stated,
Our teams worked months on end to conceptualize and develop these units and we pride ourselves in pushing the envelope to deliver the latest and greatest. We treat theft/larceny, and if relevant to this case, industrial espionage, very seriously – it is cheating, and cheating doesn’t sit well with us.
The company has also provided an email-id for attendees to report anything related to the theft, under which all information provided will be kept under the strictest of confidence. Investigation is going on at the part of CES executives, though there has been no comment from the organizers as of now.
Previously in 2011, Razer’s offices were broken into by thieves who took off with two prototypes of today’s Razor Blade laptop. This is the second time that the company’s prototypes have been stolen. It is yet to disclose what has been stolen, though both the said hardware products were concept ideas with no information on release and availability.