Razer co-founder Robert Krakoff, known as RazerGuy on the internet, has died at the age of 81, the company reports. He passed away on April 26, 2022.
Krakoff was a key player in bringing the first dedicated gaming mouse, what would later become the Razer Boomslang, to the market. When the first company that made Boomslang went bankrupt, he co-founded Razer alongside current CEO Min-Lian Tan in 2005.
“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,” Razer said in a statement. tweet it is a demonstration on your website.
We are saddened by the passing of co-founder and chairman emeritus, Robert Krakoff, known to all as RazerGuy. Robert’s unwavering passion for gaming continues and continues to inspire us all. Thanks Rob, you will be missed. pic.twitter.com/2HKNcFaOj2April 28, 2022
RazerGuy was widely known in the community as a kind and approachable person who took gamers, enthusiasts and professionals seriously, no matter their level of fame. Early Razer products included a message from RazerGuy along with his email address—razerguy@razerzone—requesting direct feedback.
Since RazerGuy’s death was reported last week, the internet has been flooded with testimonials about his character. Jerry Paxton in GamingShogun noted how Krakoff took a chance on him as a young enthusiast who had just started his website: “After so many have rejected us, and most simply not spoken to us, I received a personal email from Robert “RazerGuy” Krakoff himself.” Red Bull Senior Esports Director Travis Wannlund posted a story that credited Krakoff with his entire career.
Krakoff has had a long and interesting life outside of gaming. He was a professional football player with the Los Angeles Rams in the 1960s, evangelized the benefits of fitness, and later ran a brand of health supplements and energy drinks. He also published a dozen books in his later years, writing under the name RM Krakoff. He leaves a 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 the hardcore gamer,” says Krakoff. Thanks for all this, Razerguy.