Razer’s stunning prototypes might have stolen the show at CES — but, in a weird and frankly sour twist for the company, someone has reportedly stolen those prototypes from the show over the weekend.
“I’ve just been informed that two of our prototypes were stolen from our booth at CES today,” Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan wrote on Facebook. “We have filed the necessary reports and are currently working with the show management as well as law enforcement to address this issue.”
Tan isn’t just dismissing the theft as a simple larceny, however. In his post, Tan didn’t rule out the possibility that the theft could be a form of industrial espionage, adding that “it is cheating, and cheating doesn’t sit well with us.” He also said that the penalties for such crimes are “grievous,” and that whoever stole the prototypes “clearly isn’t very smart.”
The company had debuted two impressive devices at CES this year. The first of the two was Project Ariana, a smart 4K Chroma projector that “paints” in-game footage, images and colored lights across the walls of your room, complimenting your primary display and promising a more immersive gaming experience. The second prototype was Project Valerie, a gaming laptop with three built-in screens, two of which deploy automatically without any user adjustment, according to CNET.
It’s currently unknown which two prototypes were stolen from Razer, but given the fact that Ariana and Valerie were the crown jewels of the event, it’s probably a safe assumption that they were the two prototypes stolen — and other newssites agree. This isn’t the first time that Razer’s prototypes have been stolen, either. In 2011, two experimental versions of the Blade laptop were taken from the company’s research & development facility in San Francisco, Engadget reported.
Tan urged anyone with information to contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. He added that all information will be held in confidence.