Razer is taking the theft of its stolen prototypes extremely seriously, and has upped the ante with a substantial reward. The company has announced that it will pay $25,000 (about RM111,000) to whoever comes forward with information that leads to the identification and conviction of the thief.
CEO Tan Min-Liang shared the update over his social media accounts, while the same message was also sent out to media agencies. In the statement, Tan also confirmed that the stolen prototypes were a pair of Project Valerie laptops. The laptops were taken from Razer’s press room on 8 January at about 4pm PST, although that is all that is known for now.
“This update is to confirm that two Razer Project Valerie laptop prototypes were stolen from the Razer booth at CES. The product was taken from the Razer press room at approximately 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2017. A $25,000 reward is being offered for original information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of a criminal suspect. Razer, in its sole discretion, will decide who is entitled to a reward and in what amount. Razer may pay only a portion of the maximum reward offered. The decision will be based primarily upon law enforcement’s evaluation of the value of the information provided. When there are multiple claimants, the reward will be shared in amounts determined by Razer. Razer associates are not eligible for the reward. This reward offer is good for one year from the date it is first offered, unless extended by Razer. Information about the theft can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Razer will not publicly disclose material that it receives or details about respondents, except to those persons with whom Razer is directly working to resolve this matter or as may be required by law.”
The wording of the update makes it seem that Razer is less interested in retrieving its stolen prototypes and wants to make an example of the perpetrator. Admittedly, this reaction is entirely understandable. Especially considering that the Project Valerie laptops were one of the main attractions of CES 2017.