Robert Krakoff, co-founder of Razer and gaming mouse pioneer, dies

Razer tech company co-founder and gaming mouse pioneer Robert Krakoff passed away on April 26, 2022. The cause of death was not revealed, but it appears to have been related to old age. Krakoff was 81 years old when he died. Krakoff is survived by his wife Patsi and two children, Scott and Robin. The businessman and entrepreneur currently has five grandchildren.

The news comes directly from Razer. The company’s official Twitter account made the announcement of his death on April 28. “We are saddened by the passing of co-founder and chairman emeritus Robert Krakoff, known to all as RazerGuy,” said he said. “Robert’s unwavering drive and passion for gaming continues and continues to inspire us all. Thank you Rob. You will be missed.”

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Krakoff was one of the key figures behind what came to be known as the gaming mouse. The designer and engineer worked for a company called Kärna in 1999, which made an “opto-mechanical coding wheel that could track a mouse’s movements at 2000 dpi, much higher resolution than other mice of the time”. This technology became the first gaming mouse known as the Razer Boomslang.

Kärna went bankrupt as a company in 2001, but instead of going down with the ship, Krakoff joined a marketing agency called Fitch that helped him found Razer in 2005 alongside its current CEO, Min-Lian Tan. Fitch developed the name, logo, website, packaging and contributed to the overall design of the Razer Boomslang.

Krakoff has become the public face of Razer, adding RazerGuy’s tips and advice to the packaging of various products. He was known for offering jobs to many of his most ardent fans.

The gaming community has expressed its regret at the news. Responses to Razer’s announcement include “truly a lost legend” and “gaming4ever, rest in eternal peace”.

Krakoff will certainly be missed by the player by the name of Enough_Dance_956 on Reddit who was wearing a Razer Kraken headset at his home in Torrance, Calif., when a stray bullet went through a window, hitting them in the head. Enough_Dance_956 would certainly have been killed if not for the headset that deflected the bullet. “If it weren’t for the good quality headphones, I would have been a dead kid at 18. I couldn’t imagine all the pain my family and friends would have gone through,” said Enough_Dance_956. The player added that “I’m very lucky to be alive. If I moved an inch forward or back, I’d be dead.”


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