Razer CEO: “The PC giants have stopped innovating”

Monday, 16 January 2012 00:58 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan has challenged rival PC tech companies to live up to the manufacturer’s push for innovation.

“Why is it that the giants of the PC industry have stopped innovating and taking risks?” Tan asked Kotaku at CES.

“The PC giants have stopped innovating and we’ve been left carrying a very small flag. I’m sick and tired of it. I wish they would do something about it. I wish we could do something together.

“Even as these companies continue to shy away from what we do I have their CEO’s coming up to me and saying, ‘Man you guys have got some balls.’ We were just given 50 million dollars for research and development, so we’re clearly not alone in our fight to bring innovation to this industry.”

Tan said that gamers either love or hate Razer because they’re passionate – as is Razer itself – about their hobby.

“We don’t say PC gaming is not dead simply because we’ve unveiled a handful of new products. We say PC gaming is not dead because as long as we’re around, we’ll keep it alive any way we can. This is what we’re passionate about. This is what we do,” he said.

Asked whether Razer would welcome competitors, Tan said it would make it “easier” because production costs would drop.

“It doesn’t matter, because we’d still do it better,” he said of the possibility of competition for the same market.

At CES, Razer unveiled Project Fiona, a gaming tablet capable of running PC games natively.