During CES, Razer’s booth fell victim to theft. Two prototypes were stolen, and the company’s CEO took to Facebook to post the news.
Razer told Polygon that the two prototypes stolen were, in fact, Project Valerie laptops. That’s the device with three 4K screens and a built-in mechanical keyboard.
Even further, Razer is now offering a $25,000 reward for information “leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of a criminal suspect.” They mean business.
Here’s the full comment:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
This is about more than just losing expensive tech
For Razer, there’s the element of corporate espionage at work here. It sounds ridiculous to use a term like that, but it’s true. Consider for a moment that perhaps a greedy convention goer didn’t take the devices. Instead, what if a competitor did in order to crack them open and see what makes them tick?
If a company beats Razer to the punch with their own take on these devices, thanks to secrets they learned from their innards, that’s corporate espionage at work. That’s more valuable than two laptops, no matter how crazy they are.