Razer co-founder Robert Krakoff, known online as RazerGuy, has died at the age of 81, the company reports. He died on April 26, 2022.
Krakoff played a key role in launching the first dedicated gaming mouse, later the Razer Boomslang. When the first company to make the Boomslang went bankrupt, he co-founded Razer in 2005 with current CEO Min-Lian Tan.
“We are saddened by the passing of co-founder and President Emeritus Robert Krakoff, known to all as RazerGuy. Robert’s unwavering drive and passion for gaming lives on and continues to inspire us all,” said Razer in a tweet and a Explanation on his side.
We are saddened by the passing of co-founder and President Emeritus Robert Krakoff, known to all as RazerGuy. Robert’s unwavering drive and passion for gaming lives on and continues to inspire us all. Thank you Rob, you are missed. pic.twitter.com/2HKNcFaOj2April 28, 2022
RazerGuy was widely known in the community as a friendly and approachable person who took seriously gamers, enthusiasts and professionals regardless of their notoriety. Alongside his email address – [email protected] – early Razer products included a message from RazerGuy asking for direct feedback.
Ever since RazerGuy’s death was reported last week, the internet has been filled with testimonies from his character. Jerry Paxton at GamingShogun noted how Krakoff gave him a chance as a young enthusiast who had just launched his website: “After so many people rejected us and didn’t want to talk to us anymore, I got a personal email from Robert “RazerGuy” Krakoff himself .” Red Bull’s senior director of esports, Travis Wannlund, posted a story credited Krakoff with his entire career.
Krakoff led a long and interesting life outside of gaming. He was a professional football player with the Los Angeles Rams in the 1960s, preached the benefits of fitness and later ran a nutritional supplement and energy drink brand. He also published a dozen books in his later years he wrote under the name RM Krakoff. He leaves behind his wife, two children and five grandchildren.
Here’s Krakoff in a 2002 ad promoting boomslang. “We designed the Razer mouse to meet the specific needs of hardcore gamers,” says Krakoff. Thanks for everything Razerguy.
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