The game peripheral company SteelSeries has now acquired the controller accessory company KontrolFreek.
SteelSeries has always brought the goods when it comes to their gaming accessories (especially their Arctis series of headphones), but now they’re expanding to help bring gamers even more awesomeness. Today, they’ve announced the acquisition of KontrolFreek, which many players know from their various grips, thumbsticks, and more customizable controller options.
KontrolFreek® is the creator of globally-renowned Performance Gaming Gear™, including Performance Thumbsticks®, Precision Rings, Performance Grips, Gaming Cables, and other high-quality products for PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and PC. KontrolFreek’s controller accessories give gamers solutions that increase precision, accuracy and response time, regardless of platform.
KontrolFreek’s expertise in controller accessories aligns perfectly with SteelSeries’ envisaged future products for console gamers, and PC and mobile gamers that use controllers. Acquiring the talented KontrolFreek team will accelerate SteelSeries’ vision for its controller and accessory business. Additionally, KontrolFreek’s community of more than 4 million gamers, FreekNation, is a testament to the popularity and quality of their current product lines.
“With the next-generation consoles at the forefront of the gaming industry’s mind, there’s never been a better time to maximize our ability to provide the best gaming experiences and products to console gamers,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, CEO of SteelSeries. “With KontrolFreek’s expertise and global popularity, we know they’ll open new opportunities to entertain, delight, and assist new gamers across the world.”
“This is a huge milestone for KontrolFreek,” said Ashish Mistry, CEO of KontrolFreek. “After more than 10 years of building our own brand and products, and as we continue on our mission to enhance gaming globally, it made perfect sense to join forces with SteelSeries to take both brands to the next level.”
“With the acquisition of KontrolFreek SteelSeries is strengthening its position in the console gaming market which was a key value creation initiative at our entry into the business. We look forward to realizing the synergies and further developing the KontrolFreek brand,” said Lars Cordt, Partner in Axcel the controlling shareholder of SteelSeries.