Corsair announced today that it’s moving forward with its acquisition of Scuf Gaming. The popular third-party controller manufacturer is merging with the PC peripheral giant, handing over its current line of controllers and its long list of patents. Although the transaction isn’t complete yet, Corsair expects everything will be finalized by the end of December 2019.
Andy Paul, Founder and CEO of Corsair, says they’re “thrilled to greatly expand our portfolio of industry-leading peripherals and enter the gaming controller space to help gamers play at their best.” Duncan Ironmonger, Founder and CEO of Scuf Gaming, says he’s also excited, saying Corsair shares “similar DNA to SCUF with regards to innovation and design in the gaming market.” With the acquisition, Ironmonger hopes to uses Corsair’s network to further the reach of Scuf products.
About Scuf Gaming
PC players are spoiled with a keyboard and mouse. Seeing the gap between traditional controllers and a keyboard and mouse, Scuf started making premium controllers in 2011. In addition to allowing players to fully customize their controllers, Scuf patented the paddle design seen on the Xbox Elite controller. These paddles live on the back of the controller, and you can activate them by using your middle and ring fingers. That way, like a keyboard and mouse, you can utilize more of your hand.
The current designs are modifications of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers, though with far greater platform support and customization. Speaking personally, I used a Scuf controller for a recent playthrough of Final Fantasy XV, and I wouldn’t be caught dead without it. The extra paddles seem like marketing hot air, but in a game like that, which feels awkward on a keyboard and controller, the paddles are excellent.
Although Corsair will oversee Scuf going forward, it will remain its own brand after the acquisition. All warranties, purchases, and support will be unaffected by the merger, as Scuf will continue to provide support for its products.