Two Razer prototypes have been stolen at CES 2017
Published: 9th January 2017 | Source: Razer CEO - Min-Liang Tan |
Razer's Project Valerie multi-monitor gaming laptop has been stolen
Razer's CEO, Min-Liang Tan, has announced that two of the company's prototypes, thought to be Razer's Project Valerie notebook (now known to be two Project Valerie prototypes) and their Project Ariana projector, have been stolen from their booth at CES 2017.
At this time it is unknown who stolen these devices, whether it is a competitor or just a random attendee at CES 2017. All Razer's prototypes are not intended for the mass market and are designed to gauge interest in the unique features of each product, with the PC gaming industry taking particular interest in Project Valerie, Razor's multi-screen gaming laptop.
Below is a statement from Min-Liang Tan, which was posted to Facebook this morning, stating that two prototypes were stolen but not revealing exactly what devices were taken.
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 conceptualise 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.
If you were at the show and/or if you can provide us any information, please do reach out to us at [email protected] – all information provided will be kept in the strictest of confidence.
Razer says that they are taking the theft of these devices very seriously, as they can be used to significantly boost their competition if used to create competing devices using the same design.
Update - Razer has now confirmed that two Project Valerie laptop prototypes were stolen at approximately 4pm on Sunday at CES, with the company offering a reward of up to $25,000 for original information that leads to the identification or the arrest of a criminal.
Below is a statement that Razer has recently released to Polygon.
This note is to confirm that two Razer Project Valerie laptop prototypes were stolen from the Razer booth at CES. The product was taken from the Razer press room at approximately 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2017.
A $25,000 reward is being offered for original information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of a criminal suspect. Razer, in its sole discretion, will decide who is entitled to a reward and in what amount. Razer may pay only a portion of the maximum reward offered. The decision will be based primarily upon law enforcement's evaluation of the value of the information provided.
When there are multiple claimants, the reward will be shared in amounts determined by Razer. Razer associates are not eligible for the reward. This reward offer is good for one year from the date it is first offered, unless extended by Razer. Information about the theft can be sent to [email protected]. Razer will not publicly disclose material that it receives or details about respondents, except to those persons with whom Razer is directly working to resolve this matter or as may be required by law.