You can't even take a prototype to CES anymore, it seems.
As the excitement of CES 2017, the first big show of the year, is now dying down, for the folks at Razer it's just the beginning of a major headache that no exhibitor should ever have to go through. Two prototype devices were stolen from the booth as the show was winding up. And that's not cool.
One can only assume the prototypes in question were Project Valerie and Project Ariana, both recipients of Windows Central's Best of CES award, and company CEO, Min-Liang Tan, has made a personal appeal for information:
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@example.com – all information provided will be kept in the strictest of confidence.
Razer was very much one of the overall star attractions at CES, continuing the company's current trend of pushing the boundaries on what can be achieved in gaming-focused hardware. It's a sad tale that someone felt the need to help themselves.
Likewise if you or anyone you know happens to have any information at all, ping the email address mentioned above.