Turtle Beach is recognized for gaming headsets, nevertheless it’ll quickly be including a wholly new roster of PC gaming peripherals to its catalog: it’s buying Roccat, a high-quality purveyor of mice, keyboards, mouse pads, and headsets, for $19.2 million in money, inventory, and earn-out funds, according to the press release.
These days, Turtle Beach is recognized extra for worth somewhat than high quality, so Roccat will in all probability be a precious, higher-end brand that the corporate can benefit from. We wouldn’t anticipate to see the revered Roccat identify disappear anytime quickly.
But now could be time to pour one out for the thought of a profitable indie peripheral brand to go it on their very own. Turtle Beach and Roccat becoming a member of forces is simply the most recent instance in a bigger sample of consolidation within the peripheral area, as big Logitech continues to snap up common manufacturers and Razer expands its portfolio, too. So far, Logitech has absorbed Astro, Blue Microphones, Elgato’s gaming division, Jaybird, Saitek, and Ultimate Ears. Logitech reportedly had plans to buy Plantronics as effectively.
Meanwhile, Razer bought THX and indie telephone firm Nextbit, however has principally expanded its lineup to incorporate practically each type of peripheral gamer may want. Mad Catz as soon as tried one thing related by buying Saitek and Tritton, however monetary woes compelled it to divest both. (Mad Catz is back in business now.) Astro couldn’t fairly make it by itself both: it was bought by Skullcandy and later Mill Road Capital earlier than winding up at Logitech. Corsair is nonetheless independent-ish, but it sold a majority share to EagleTree Capital.