Razer showed off two prototype laptops at CES that were meant to redefine the idea of a portable gaming rig. It looks like Razer succeeded in doing that, but made some ingenious enemies in the process.
According to a Facebook post by Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan, two of the company’s prototypes were stolen from the demo booth at CES:
“I’ve just been informed that 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.
At Razer, we play hard and we play fair. 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. Penalties for such crimes are grievous and anyone who would do this clearly isn’t very smart.”
While we don’t specifically know which machines were stolen, a fair guess would be the two prototypes Razer was demoing, a three-screen laptop and a versatile room projector. Neither of them would have much resale value, so Razer’s little speech about industrial sabotage would make all kinds of sense.
If it was just the work of money-seeking thieves, they’re going to have a rude awakening when they discover that they’ve simulatneously pissed off a large company, embarrassed the Consumer Technology Association, and still can’t run Crysis.