CES 2017 is officially in the books although one company, gaming peripheral maker Razer, will be dealing with the show’s repercussions for months to come.
Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan said in a Facebook post this morning that two of their prototypes were stolen from their booth at CES. Tan didn’t specify which specific items were missing although most seem to believe it may have been the tripe monitor gaming laptop and its gaming projector – Project Valerie and Project Ariana, respectively.
Razer has filed the necessary reports and is working with show management as well as law enforcement on the matter. Tan said they treat theft / larceny, and if relevant to this case, industrial espionage, very seriously. It’s cheating, he said, and cheating doesn’t sit well with them. Penalties for such crimes are grievous, he noted, adding that anyone who would do this clearly isn’t very smart.
Tan said they’ve worked months on end to conceptualize and develop the missing units and that they pride themselves in pushing the envelope to deliver the latest and greatest.
Given the sheer size of the show floor and the number of people that flood into it each day, I’m honestly surprised that theft isn’t a bigger problem. Security guards are great for keeping things out of the show that don’t belong but there’s no easy way to determine if you leave with something that doesn’t belong to you.
Then again, it’s entirely possible that the prototypes were nabbed after the show concluded which would suggest that either a set builder or competitor may be to blame but I digress.
Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to reach out to Razer with information via e-mail. All information provided, the company says, will be kept in the strictest of confidence.
Update: Razer provided the following statement 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 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.”