In short: Robert “RazerGuy” Krakoff, co-founder and former president of Razer Inc., passed away last week at the age of 81. Gamers of a certain age will remember Krakoff as the public face of a promising gaming peripherals company. Its first major product, the Razer Boomslang gaming mouse, was released in late 1999 and was designed by Fitch Inc. for an organization known as Kärna.
Razer at that time was Kärna brandand would not officially become a separate company until 2005, when Krakow and current CEO Min-Liang Tan bought the rights to the brand from the bankrupt organization.
Razer has spared no time in flooding the market with a flood of gaming peripherals, many of which are named after venomous or predatory creatures. Before RGB LEDs hit the gaming community, high-speed sensors, programmable hotkeys, and customizable profiles were all the rage.
Krakoff led the marketing as RazerGuy, the startup’s public face. I had a private meeting with Krakow at CES 2007, where he showed off the company’s signature attraction, the Mako 2.1 THX certified speaker system. The product was remarkable, but I was more impressed with Krakow itself. He seemed extremely knowledgeable, incredibly passionate and very sincere, and treated a nameless person like me with the utmost respect.
According to Razer, Krakow died on April 26, 2022. The cause of death was not mentioned.
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