After hitting the headlines at CES 2017 with the unveiling of its new triple-screen laptop, high gaming hardware manufacturer Razer is claiming that two of its prototypes were stolen at the event.
In a Facebook post, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan said he had been made aware of the theft and has contacted the police and CES organisers.
He added: “At Razer, we play hard and we play fair. Our teams worked months on end to conceptualize and develop these units and we pride ourselves in pushing the envelope to deliver the latest and greatest.
“We treat theft/larceny, and if relevant to this case, industrial espionage, very seriously – it is cheating, and cheating doesn’t sit well with us. Penalties for such crimes are grievous and anyone who would do this clearly isn’t very smart.”
In an update to his original Facebook, Tan later confirmed the two stolen prototypes were in fact those of the highly anticipated gaming laptop, codenamed Project Valerie, which boasts three 4k screens that unfold when the laptop is open.
Tan said the theft could be the result of “industrial espionage”.
The company has confirmed it is offering a $25,000 reward for “original information leading to the identification, arrest or conviction” of anyone who may be involved.