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Razer offers $25,000 reward for stolen laptops

Chief executive doesn't rule out industrial espionage after prototypes go missing at CES in Las Vegas

Razer project valerie open perspective

US electronics company Razer has offered a $25,000 (£20,500) reward after two prototype gaming laptops featuring three built-in displays were stolen at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The money will be paid out for "original information" leading to the "identification, arrest and conviction" of a suspect.

In a statement posted on his Facebook page, chief executive Min-Liang Tan said the laptops, codenamed "Project Valerie", were taken on Sunday and that the penalty for the crime will be "grievous".  

Project Valerie is equipped with three 17.3ins 4K displays featuring g-sync technology from Nvidia, allowing for smoother frame rates in graphically intensive games.

Saying Razer had worked "months on end to conceptualise and develop these units", Tan warned the company "treat[s] theft/larceny, and if relevant to this case, industrial espionage, very seriously".

He added: "It is cheating, and cheating doesn't sit well with us."

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This is not the first time the company has had prototype hardware stolen. In 2011, two Blade gaming laptop concepts were taken "from a Razer office in San Francisco", Ars Technica reports.

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