RAZER VIPER ELEVATES ESPORTS WITH OPTICAL SWITCHES

Strike hard and fast with Razer’s latest tournament mouse with optical switches that triple your actuation speed in games.

SHANGHAI, CHINA (CHINAJOY 2019) – Razer, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today introduced the Razer Viper, a lightweight gaming mouse designed in collaboration with esports professionals and featuring the new Razer Optical Mouse Switches. Housing Razer’s 5G Optical Sensor and minimizing the desktop drag with the Razer Speedflex Cable, the Razer Viper has been fine-tuned for absolute control in competitive play.

Sporting new Optical Mouse Switches

The Viper is the first Razer mouse to feature the new Optical Mouse Switches, Razer’s fastest switches that offer three times the actuation speed of traditional mechanical mouse switches.

Traditional mechanical switches send electrical signals via metallic contact, creating a residual bouncing effect that can introduce multiple signals. To make sure only a single click is registered, a debounce delay is used – resulting in a slower response time.

With Razer’s Optical Switches, no physical contact is required to send a signal. By using an infrared light beam that passes through a shutter to fire an electrical signal to the computer, the switches respond instantaneously to every finger press, making sure every action is executed to the player’s intent.

With each switch durable for up to 70 million clicks, the Viper’s Optical Mouse Switches are built to withstand the rigors of competitive matches, while delivering the speed and precision players demand.

Field-tested by the pros

Setting a new benchmark for esports mice, the Razer Viper has been field-tested by some of the world’s top esports athletes. MIBR CS:GO legend Epitácio “TACO” de Melo has been using a prototype of the Razer Viper in tournament matches over the past year.

“As soon as I laid my eyes on the Razer Viper, I fell in love with it because the shape is just perfect,” said TACO from MIBR. “The click of the optical switches feels smoother and faster, and the flexibility of the cable makes it awesome for CS:GO.”

Featherweight for hard-hitting performance

At just 69g, the Viper is Razer’s lightest ever wired mouse. The lightweight design is achieved without the need of a skeletal shell, resulting in a solid, ambidextrous chassis that does not compromise on strength and durability. The Viper’s low-weight chassis design is built to meet the rigorous demands of esports competition.

The Viper features the new Razer™ Speedflex Cable. Using a new, low-drag cable covering, gamers will experience less friction and snagging along the normal pinch-points, minimizing desktop and ‘edge drag’ to make large unhindered swipes and snag free movements.

The Razer Viper is fitted with Razer’s acclaimed 5G Optical Sensor, sporting a 16,000 DPI native resolution, 99.4% resolution accuracy and tracking at 450 Inches Per Second (IPS).

Extreme customizability

The Razer Viper is the product of Razer’s continuing collaboration with some of the world’s top esports athletes, resulting in several tournament-grade features for competitive play.

DPI settings can be fine-tuned through the Razer Synapse 3 software and stored using the Viper’s on-board DPI storage, allowing users to instantly access to their personal settings wherever they are. The Viper is fitted with eight programmable buttons, customizable with macros and secondary functions, giving users quick and easy access to critical actions.

“The Razer Viper has been designed ground up in collaboration with some of Team Razer’s best esports athletes”, says Alvin Cheung, Senior Vice President of Razer’s peripherals business unit. “With Optical Mouse Switches and Razer’s market-leading 5G sensor in an ambidextrous, lightweight mouse, the Viper delivers the high-performance precision and control needed to succeed in any of today’s competitive games.”

For more information on the Razer Viper, please visit www.razer.com/gaming-mice/razer-viper

ABOUT THE RAZER VIPER

Razer™ Optical Mouse Switches for ultra-fast response
Razer™ 5G Optical Sensor, 16.000 DPI
Up to 450 Inches Per Second (IPS) / 50 G acceleration
69g lightweight design for swifter, controlled swipes
Razer™ Speedflex Cable for minimal drag and smooth control
Onboard DPI storage for personalized settings wherever you go
Eight Programmable Buttons for extended customizability

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

£79.99 GBP / $79.99 USD / €89.99 MSRP

Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment Announce Apex Legends Preseason Invitational from September 13-15

First Official EA and Respawn Organized Competition to Feature 80 Teams

Today, Electronic Arts Inc., (NASDAQ: EA) and Respawn Entertainment announced the Apex Legends Preseason Invitational, a large scale esports tournament featuring the largest collection of competitive talent ever for an Apex Legends event. Held September 13-15 in Kraków, Poland, 80 teams (three players per team) from around the world will compete in a bracketed tournament for a prize pool of US$500,000.

“When we started the EA Competitive Gaming Division, we had a vision to Make Stars of All Our Players as we build an entertainment spectacle that captivates millions of players and spectators,” said Todd Sitrin, SVP and GM of the EA Competitive Gaming Division. “Today we officially expand EA Competitive Gaming through the addition of Apex Legends, owner of one of the biggest game launches in history that continues to be powered today by a passionate global community. The Apex Legends Preseason Invitational is the key next step in our esports journey.”

“Competition is in the DNA of Apex Legends and this competitive event will showcase the game at its highest-level,” said Chad Grenier, Design Director. “This Apex Legends Preseason Invitational advances our vision towards a robust competitive experience with the community at the center. We continue to explore all the entertaining ways both players and spectators can experience Apex Legends and look forward to bringing this event to life.”

All teams will begin the double elimination tournament in the winners bracket. In each round, a team’s performance in a set of matches will determine whether they continue in the winners bracket, fall to the losers bracket, or are eliminated from the tournament until the final 20 teams compete for the title.

Teams can apply for an invite to the Apex Legends Preseason Invitational by emailing ApexLegendsPreseason@ea.com and including their Origin ID and associated email address.

For Apex Legends Preseason Invitational eligibility, the official rules can be found here: www.ea.com/games/apex-legends/compete/overview#rules

If interested in attending the event in-person as a spectator in Kraków, Poland, or for details on how to watch the tournament, EA and Respawn will share those items in a subsequent announcement.

Developed by Respawn Entertainment, Apex Legends delivers a squad-based battle royale experience where players select from one of ten Legends – each with their own unique abilities and playstyles – and the last team standing wins. Combatants can choose from unique characters like Bloodhound, the tracker who can see recent enemy activity on the map, or Lifeline, a battlefield medic who can shield teammates and bring them back from the brink of death. Balanced squads and teamwork are critical, as each Legend is easy to pick up and learn, but challenging to master.

CORSAIR Acquires ORIGIN PC

FREMONT, CA – July 24th, 2019, 6am PDT – CORSAIR®, a world leader in high-performance gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, is pleased to announce that it has acquired custom gaming PC leader ORIGIN PC.

With a decade of experience in creating high-performance PCs, ORIGIN PC specializes in delivering hand-built, personalized PCs that deliver the best gaming experience possible, while maintaining world-class customer service and support from day one.

ORIGIN PC offers a wide range of high-performance configurable PCs, ranging from gaming PCs and powerful workstations to gaming laptops, building systems focused on customization, service, gaming, and technology to deliver a complete gaming experience. ORIGIN PC systems have won hundreds of media awards and industry accolades and are trusted by customers across North America to provide a truly personalized custom gaming PC experience.

“With the gaming PC market continuing to expand as an increasing number of players make the jump from console to PC, we wanted to do more to reach customers in North America that prefer to buy, rather than build, their system,” said Andy Paul, Founder and CEO of CORSAIR. “With ORIGIN PC’s expertise in personalized custom gaming systems and CORSAIR’s strength in performance PC hardware and the iCUE software ecosystem, we’re excited to combine our efforts to create new world-class gaming experiences for PC gamers.”

“CORSAIR is a fantastic partner to help take ORIGIN PC forward, known for creating quality, high-performance products that fully align with ORIGIN PC,” said Kevin Wasielewski, CEO of ORIGIN PC. “With a complete range of enthusiast PC products, ORIGIN PC and CORSAIR are uniquely placed to create amazing new systems that make the experience of owning a personalized custom gaming PC better than ever.”

Combining the expansive CORSAIR product portfolio with ORIGIN PC’s system building expertise, in-depth configuration options and substantial work force will further expand both company’s capabilities. Integrating the CORSAIR iCUE software ecosystem into ORIGIN PC’s systems will offer gamers system-wide lighting synchronization and performance monitoring, while the recently announced range of CORSAIR Hydro X Series custom cooling will soon be found in select ORIGIN PC systems. Further co-operation and integration of CORSAIR and ORIGIN products will be announced in the near future.

ORIGIN PC will remain a separate brand within CORSAIR, and will continue to operate from its Miami, FL offices. All existing ORIGIN PC warranties, purchases and support are unaffected and will continue to be provided by ORIGIN PC’s world-class customer support team.

CORSAIR will continue to offer its own branded range of systems, including the VENGEANCE PC, CORSAIR ONE and CORSAIR ONE PRO.

Jones Day served as legal advisor to CORSAIR. Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP served as legal counsel to ORIGIN PC. Wedbush Securities Inc. served as exclusive financial advisor to ORIGIN PC on this transaction.