European peripherals maker ROCCAT is planning a big splash for January's CES, demanding that American gamers get some "serious German engineering." Awkward stereotyping aside, the company's first official foray over here will see it release the flagship Isku illuminated keyboard and the Kone[+] mouse. There's also mention of the ROCCAT Talk system, which will let the devices chat to each other as you play, but didn't say how -- or why it'll improve matters. There's also a tight lid being placed over the pricing, but since its keyboards retail for $150 and mice $100 on the other side of the Atlantic, we wouldn't expect it to stray too far from that particular tree.
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ROCCAT Studios to deliver new level of PC Gaming Engineering and Entertainment to American Players

German gaming peripheral designer to debut aggressive lineup of keyboards, mice and surround sound headsets at CES 2012

Unique ROCCAT™ Talk© technology marks the first time gaming keyboards and mice communicate for advanced in-game functionality

Hamburg, December 12, 2011 – Sporting the claim "Get some serious German engineering into your game", ROCCAT™ Studios – the Hamburg, Germany-based manufacturer of professional PC gaming devices and equipment – today announced the US launch of their gaming device line.

Already the brand of choice for legions of pro gamers in Europe and Asia, ROCCAT™ intends to fill a void in the crowded US gaming peripherals market by offering products with new, highly-innovative features – devices that take advantage of the some of the world's most advanced gaming engineering.

"Pro gamers in other parts of the world already know what our gear can do," says René Korte, ROCCAT™ Founder and CEO. "Now's our chance to share that excitement with American gamers. We're bringing a bold innovation to the table that sets us far apart from other gaming companies."

Korte sees ROCCAT™ as a premium brand built around extreme style and hyper-advanced, German-engineered performance.

"Only ROCCAT can deliver on that promise," Korte says. "Our engineers create the technology and look that today's sophisticated gamers crave. We can't wait to team up with US players and strut our stuff."

ROCCAT™ will make its US debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 10-13, 2012. To mark the event, the company will unveil two of their flagship products – the ROCCAT™ Isku Illuminated Gaming Keyboard and the ROCCAT™ Kone[+] Max Customization Gaming Mouse. Plus, the company will show off ROCCAT™ Talk© – a unique technology that lets compatible devices, like the Isku and Kone[+], "talk" to one another – giving gamers a host of unprecedented advantages that let them command easier and win more.

And as part of the lead up to the US launch, ROCCAT™ has already begun the "ROCCAT WTF! World Tour" – a Facebook contest that celebrates worldwide gaming, while focusing on the strange and the unexpected, in which fans can submit photos weekly to win exclusive gaming prizes. Fans can get contest info by visiting the official "WTF! Tour" Facebook page: www.facebook.com/roccat

ROCCAT™ will launch its US operations January 10-13, 2012, at the CES in Las Vegas, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall 2, Booth Number 25213.