eSports team Fnatic offers own-brand PC accessories to retailers and disties

A top UK-based eSports team – Fnatic – has ditched its PC accessories sponsor SteelSeries in favour of its own-branded peripherals, and is offering early bundles to retailers and distributors.

"Want to have Fnatic Gear to sell before anyone else in your area?" reads the offer on the organisation’s Indiegogo crowdfunding page.

The $17,500 (£11,500) Reseller/Distributor package includes100 FLICK Optical Gaming Mice, 100 RUSH Mechanical Keyboards, 100 BOOST Hard Mouse Pads and 100 FOCUS Cloth Mouse Pads.

There are ten sets available to retailers and disties worldwide, with the items arriving January 2016.

Fnatic is also selling individual items direct through its Indiegogo page, with the following prices: RUSH Cherry MX mechanical keyboard ($119), FLICK optical mouse ($49), FOCUS cloth mouse mat ($19, or $39 for a desk-sized version) and the BOOST hard mouse mat ($19).

Brian Kerr, head of Fnatic Gear, said: "A world-class tennis player needs a world-class racket, a golfer needs state of the art and reliable clubs. eSports is no different. Fnatic’s players care deeply about the gear they use, just like these other athletes.

"Starting Fnatic Gear is our chance to actually create the world-class products our players need to perform. We feel the current market has been lost in gimmicky lights and features not needed in eSports.

"Fnatic was built by the support we get from our community and fans, so we’re not keeping these products to ourselves, in fact we’re striving to make them as affordable as possible. This way everyone in eSports can compete on an equal playing field."

Fnatic is an incredibly popular eSports organisation, with some two million social media followers. It has professional gaming teams in League of Legends, Dota 2, Smite, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Heroes of the Storm and Battlefield 4.

While it’s based in London, pro gamers from all over the world play for Fnatic.

See full specs below:

The RUSH Mechanical Keyboard

Product dimensions and weight:
448x198x33 mm / 17.64×7.76×1.30 in
Net weight: 1275g / 2.81 lbs
Switch type: Cherry MX Blue / Red / Brown
Key design: Cylindrical
Anti-ghost: Full N-key roll over
Backlit: Individual LED’s on each key
Memory: Onboard 128 KB
Connect-through ports: 2 x USB 2.0
Cord length: 1.8m (braided)
Connector: USB 2.0 (gold plated)

The FLICK Optical Mouse:

Product dimensions and weight:
168x126x40 mm / 6.61×4.96×1.57 in
Net weight: 90g / 0.91 lbs
MCU/Processor: Holtek HT68FB560
Main switches: Omron
Sensor: PixArt ADNS 3310
Memory: 256 kB
Resolution: 5000 CPI
Frames per second: 6500
Tracking speed: 130 IPS
Max acceleration: 30g
Report rate: Adjustable, up to 1000Hz
Max acceleration: USB 2.0, Gold plated (2m braided cord)

The FOCUS Cloth Mouse Pad:

Product dimensions and weight:
Fnatic Gear FOCUS M
280x214x3 mm / 11.02×8.42×0.11 in
Net weight: 113g / 0.24 lbs
Fnatic Gear FOCUS L
340x260x3 mm / 13.38×10.23×0.11 in
Net weight: 167g / 0.36 lbs
Fnatic Gear FOCUS XL
400x305x3 mm / 15.74×12.00×0.11 in
Net weight: 227g / 0.50 lbs
Fnatic Gear FOCUS XXL
487x372x3 mm / 19.17×14.64×0.11 in
Net weight: 339g / 0.74 lbs
Fnatic Gear FOCUS DESK
950x450x3 mm / 37.40×17.71×0.11 in
Net weight: 819g / 1.8 lbs
Surface material: Cloth
Surface type: FOCUS

The BOOST Hard Mouse Pad:

Product dimensions and weight:
Fnatic Gear BOOST L
340x260x2 mm / 13.38×10.23×0.07 in
Net weight: 159g / 0.35 lbs
Fnatic Gear BOOST XL
400x305x2 mm / 15.74×12.00×0.07 in
Net weight: 218g / 0.48 lbs
Surface material: Polycarbonate
Surface type: BOOST

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