CES 2017 has just ended and there was plenty of amazing technology to see at this year’s show. Someone apparently thought that some of the tech was just too cool to pass up as it’s been reported that several Razer prototypes were stolen from their CES booth on the last day of the show. We did stop by the Razer booth on Saturday (the next-to-last day of the show) but unfortunately did not get a chance to see any of the new prototypes and left after speaking with an associate.
Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan took to Facebook to report the nefarious activities:
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 conceptualize 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 did have an awfully impressive CES, showing off Razer Project Valerie — a three-screened laptop — as well as Project Ariana, a Chroma-infused projector using a fish-eye lens to project your gaming onto a nearby wall. It’s understandable why someone might want either of these new devices, but stealing them from a CES booth does nothing but likely make Razer choose not to show off such devices at these shows in the future.
In a note to Polygon, Razer confirmed that the stolen items were two of the Project Valerie laptops:
“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.”
The last day of CES is generally a bit looser, and often not as heavily attended. By the end of the show, most everybody is pretty ready to just go home, so attentions may wander, though hopefully someone saw something that leads Razer to the perpetrator.