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Corsair buys peripherals specialist Raptor Gaming

Corsair buys peripherals specialist Raptor Gaming

Raptor Gaming's products, relatively unknown outside Germany, will be rolled out under the Corsair brand alongside the Vengeance line-up.

Corsair has officially announced its acquisition of gaming peripherals specialist Raptor Gaming, as the company seeks to expand its efforts beyond its existing Vengeance product lines.

Established in 2004, Raptor Gaming has been particularly successful in its native Germany with its headsets, keyboards, mice, gamepad controllers and mousepads appearing in shops throughout the country. Its international presence, it has to be said, isn't quite up there with the likes of Razor or Thermaltake, but Corsair's wide-reaching supply chain contacts could change all that as the companies combine.

'As gamers ourselves, we formed the Raptor Gaming business to create high-performance PC gear to give gamers the absolute best gaming experience,' claimed Dirk Schunk, Raptor Gaming chief executive, at the announcement. 'Corsair's strong global brand and worldwide distribution will open up Raptor Gaming products to a wider audience of gamers around the world.'

Corsair already has an existing gaming product line, of course: Vengeance. Rather than supplanting the Vengeance family of mice, keyboards and headsets - which we've been pleased with in the past - the Raptor products will be sold alongside the Vengeance line as a complementary offering.

'Corsair and Raptor share the same goal, bringing best-in-class PC hardware to gamers around the world,' claimed Andy Paul, Corsair president and chief executive, of the deal. 'Raptor Gaming's strong retail presence will allow us to offer a wider range of PC hardware to gamers across Germany.'

Raptor Gaming's official website offers a glimpse at the types of products that will be coming to international markets under Corsair's leadership - and while we're questioning the company's claims to have 'invented' interchangeable weights in gaming mice and integrated cable management systems, more competition in a market is almost always a good thing for the consumer.

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Pookie 15th August 2012, 11:47 Quote
How long before corsair starts making mobo's and GFX card's (or atleast coolers for them)?
yassarikhan786 15th August 2012, 11:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pookie
How long before corsair starts making mobo's and GFX card's (or atleast coolers for them)?

I was thinking exactly the same thing. They are becoming more and more diverse every year it seems and the products they are producing are indeed very good.
jrs77 15th August 2012, 11:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pookie
How long before corsair starts making mobo's and GFX card's (or atleast coolers for them)?

Hmm... look at Gigabyte, they produce cases, mice, keyboards etc aswell.

Anyways, Raptor is not exactly a AAA-purchase. Might be that they bought them for some patents or whatever.
crudbreeder 15th August 2012, 12:01 Quote
" the Razor products will be sold alongside the Vengeance line as a complementary offering."

I guess it should be "Raptor products"?
Gareth Halfacree 15th August 2012, 12:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by crudbreeder
I guess it should be "Raptor products"?
Yes. Yes, it should. Fixed, ta!
Matticus 15th August 2012, 12:19 Quote
Hopefully one of the first things they do is re-create Raptor's website, having a free .webnode.com site doesn't look all that professional. The design isn't fabulous either.

Looking at most of Raptors products they seem to very closely resemble competitors products. This chap right here is one of the more obvious ones http://raptor-gaming.webnode.com/products/raptor-gaming-m1-iron/

I wonder if that sort of thing will still fly now they are owned by a very big player in the industry.
IvanIvanovich 15th August 2012, 15:48 Quote
The best product they ever had was a simple rebrand of Cherry G80-1800 series keyboard in their Raptor K1.
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