At the age of 81, Robert ‘RazerGuy’ Krakoff, co-founder of Razer and inventor of the gaming mouse, passed away.
Krakoff died on April 26, 2022, and Razer announced the sad news on Twitter:
According to The Verge, Krakoff was involved in bringing the first gaming mouse to market in 1999, the Razer Boomslang. At the time, Krakoff was employed by Kärna, a company that pioneered the use of a computer.
Robert ‘RazerGuy’ Krakoff did not invent the Razer Boomslang, but he was a significant factor in bringing it to life, working alongside Fitch, a marketing agency that effectively launched the Razer brand as we know it today. This covers the Boomslang mouse’s name, three-headed snake emblem, website, packaging, and design and engineering. After Kärna went bankrupt in 2001, Krakoff went on to co-found Razer in 2005 with Razer’s current CEO Min-Lian Tan.
Krakoff would become the company’s public face at Razer, and he would not only have a greeting from RazerGuy with Razer items, but he would also provide his e-mail address. He was also recognized for conducting interviews with aspiring journalists and even employing some of them. He was also a published writer under the moniker RM Krakoff, having written a dozen novels ranging from fiction to nonfiction since 2009. Dr. Patsi Krakoff, Krakoff’s wife, and their two children, Scott and Robin, as well as five grandkids, survive him.