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Razer Inc
Private
Industry Computer • Computer hardware • Consumer electronics • Application software
Founded 1998
Founders Min-Liang Tan
Robert Krakoff
Headquarters San Diego, United States
Key people
Robert "Razerguy" Krakoff (Chairman)
Min-Liang Tan (CEO)
Products Mice, Keyboards, Headsets, Mousepads, Xbox 360 Controllers, Gaming, Laptops Software
Number of employees
159 (December 2014)
Slogan For Gamers. By Gamers.
Website www.razerzone.com
Razer USA Ltd snake logo

Razer is an American-based company created by CEO and founder Min-Liang Tan, a Singaporean, which specializes in products marketed specifically to gamers. The Razer brand is currently being marketed under Razer USA Ltd.

History[edit]

Razer was founded in 1998 by a team of marketers and engineers to develop and market a high end computer gaming mouse, called the Boomslang, targeted to computer gamers.

At Consumer Electronics Show 2011, Razer unveiled the Razer Switchblade, a handheld gaming device prototype.[1]

The DeathAdder 2013 Edition

At CES 2013, Razer showed their Razer Edge tablet computer which was previously known as Project Fiona. The tablet uses the Windows 8 operating system, and is designed with gaming in mind.[2]

In May 2013, Razer unveiled the 14-inch Blade and 17-inch Blade Pro gaming laptops with 4th-generation Intel Haswell processors. The Razer Blade 14-inch portable gaming laptop was dubbed the "world's thinnest gaming laptop" which weighed just 4.1 lbs., while the 17-inch screen Razer Blade Pro featured the built-in 'Switchblade' LCD display.[3]

At CES 2014, Razer unveiled Project Christine, a modular gaming PC. Each of the branches on the PC is a discrete component—a CPU, a GPU, a hard drive, memory—that simply plugs into the central backbone. Once slotted in, Project Christine automatically syncs the newly added module through PCI-Express (the same serial bus that discrete graphics cards and other components currently use).

Products[edit]

Razer's products are generally targeted at gamers. The bulk of Razer's products are PC peripherals including mice, audio devices, keyboards, mouse mats and gamepads. Razer has also released a laptop (the Razer Blade), a tablet (the Razer Edge), and more recently a VOIP software Razer Comms. The Razer DeathAdder is the company's most popular product by sales numbers.

Most Razer products are named after predatory or venomous animals, ranging from snakes (mice), insects (mouse mats), arachnids (keyboards) over marine creatures (audio) to felines (console peripherals), with the Razer Blade laptops and Razer Edge instead named after bladed objects.

Team Razer[edit]

2013[edit]

  • Team Razer sponsors Evil Geniuses.
  • Team Razer sponsors Alliance.
  • Team Razer launches CLG DeathAdder 2013 model.
  • Team Razer launches Evil Geniuses Taipan, BlackWidow and Goliathus products.
  • Alliance wins The International 3.
  • Team Razer nets over 180 podium placements.
  • Team Razer nets $3.5 million in prize money.

2012[edit]

  • Team Razer sponsors Counter Logic Gaming – launches CLG DeathAdder and CLG Goliathus eSports edition.
  • Team Razer launches the Team Liquid Goliathus eSports edition.
  • Razer sponsored Taipei Assassins win the RIOT Season 2 finals.
  • Razer sponsors the Team Liquid Star League.
  • By the end of the year, Team Razer sponsors over 50 competitive gaming teams worldwide, with more than 400 gamers in 35 countries.
  • Team Razer nets $3million in prize money.

2011[edit]

  • Razer commences partnership with Team Liquid, StarCraft II community and professional team.
  • Razer sponsors the IGN Pro League 3.
  • Razer sponsors SlayerS_BoxeR, Team Liquid, Manaflask, and Method.

2010[edit]

  • Razer sponsors the Intel Extreme Masters.
  • Razer sponsors Korean organization 'WeMade Fox'.

2009[edit]

  • Razer launches the Razer Sphex eSports editions with Sky, Team Dignitas, Meet Your Makers, and Mousesports.

2008[edit]

  • Razer sponsored Warcraft III professionals Xiao Feng "Sky" Li and Jaeho "Moon" Jang bear the Olympic torch through china in advance of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
  • Razer sponsors Evil Geniuses.
  • Razer sponsors the Electronic Sports World Cup Germany.
  • Razer sponsors the Intel Extreme Masters III.

2007[edit]

  • Razer establishes an office in Seoul, Korea, to focus on extensive testing with professional gamers.

2006[edit]

  • Razer continues to sponsor the CPL, with renewed support for Quake and Counter-Strike.
  • The Razer DeathAdder is launched, quickly becoming one of the most popular mice in competitive gaming.
  • Razer forms Razer Comms

2000[edit]

  • Razer sponsors the Cyber Athlete Professional League (CPL) with $100,000.
  • Razer becomes the first official sponsor of Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel.
  • Razer holds Quake Invitational in Sweden at Café Nine; sponsors four other professional Quake players.

Notable partnered players/teams[edit]

Team Razer has partnered with many professional eSports athletes. These include:

Teams[edit]

Players[edit]

  • Lim “BoxeR” Yo-hwan
  • Jonathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel
  • Jonathan "Loda" Berg
  • Justin Wong
  • Lee "Flash" Young Ho
  • Lee "JaeDong" Jae-Dong
  • Lee "NaDa" Yoon Yeol
  • Jang "Moon" Jae Ho
  • Stephen "Snoopeh" Ellis
  • Henrik “Froggen” Hansen
  • Andy "Reginald" Dinh
  • Alexei "Cypher" Yanushevsky
  • Li "Sky" Xiao Feng
  • Ken "SephirothKen" Hoang
  • Kevin "PPMD" Nanney
  • Adam "Armada" Lindgren
  • Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma
  • Yusuke "EG Momochi" Momochi
  • Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
  • Nordan "Rain" Shat

Notable Tournament Partners[edit]

  • IEM (Intel Extreme Masters)
  • CPL (Cyber Professional League)
  • WCG (World Cyber Gamers)
  • BWC (Blizzard World Championships)
  • ESWC (Electronic Sports World Cup)
  • IGN Pro League 3
  • GSL (Global StarCraft II League)

See also[edit]

  • Agilent Technologies — manufacturer of some of Razer's mouse sensors until its spinoff of Avago
  • Avago Technologies — manufacturer of some of Razer's mouse sensors until it left the mouse sensor business and licensed its mouse sensor technology to PixArt Imaging
  • Keyboard technology

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CES People's Voice Award". CNET. January 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  2. ^ McWhertor, Michael. "Razer Edge gaming tablet is Windows 8 laptop, console and 'Steam Box' in one". Polygon. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  3. ^ Portnoy, Sean. with Intel Haswell processors-7000016154 "Razer launches 14-inch Blade, 17-inch Blade Pro gaming notebooks with Intel Haswell processors". zdnet. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 

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