Mad Catz Rises From the Grave to Attend CES 2018

Gwen Vasquez
January 6, 2018

The 30th anniversary of USA gaming hardware veteran Mad Catz was nearly visible on the horizon when the first signs of trouble began to emerge in 2016. A Chinese group that previously worked with the company on the manufacturing side has acquired the company name and its accessories.

Several months ago, the video game peripheral manufacturer Mad Catz filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy, which led many to believe that the company had ceased operations altogether after years of financial troubles. For those interested in getting a sneak peek at what kind of wares Mad Catz has on deck, the company has included a look at the new RAT Air wireless mouse, Strike 4 mechanical keyboard, and Freq 4 headset in the clip below. All of these new devices (and possibly more) will be shown off at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.

Mad Catz was founded in 1989 and went on to become one of the biggest names in gaming hardware production. For additional information on Mad Catz, you can head over to the official website.

Though there is no mention of fightsticks or gamepads in that lineup, it appears that Mad Catz is generally continuing where it left off, promising that it "will focus first on quality, committed to producing innovative gaming products, designed and engineered in-house to stand out amongst the competition and deliver superlative performance for gamers of all abilities". This is a wireless mouse that will be powered via a "wireless activation gaming surface", or through a USB cable, if required.

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Mad Catz hit financial trouble following a range of missteps including withdrawing from a contract to make Guitar Hero peripherals in 2010 and consumer disinterest in its Project Mojo microconsole.

The company's return is of course heralded by a new line of gear.

The Rat Air doesn't rely on battery power, instead resting on a powered gaming surface that keeps the juices flowing, likely in a similar fashion to Logitech's Powerplay system. The new products are rounded out by the F.R.E.Q. 4, a gaming headset with a blend of retro and gamer styling that boasts 40mm neodymium drivers, metal plating, and an adjustable boom. "Mad Catz has been a permanent fixture in gaming for nearly three decades and we firmly believe it's best days lie ahead", said Selena Chang, director of sales and operations for Mad Catz Global Limited. More from Mad Catz is expected then.

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