SteelSeries celebrates 20 years of innovation in gaming and eSports

SteelSeries celebrates 20 years of innovation in gaming and eSports

SteelSeries kicks off a year-long celebration of its 20th anniversary as a company and leader in gaming and esports peripherals. For two decades, SteelSeries has been a driving force of esports and professional gaming.

From sponsoring the first pro teams, to creating products specifically for pros, to turning exceptional players into global superstars, SteelSeries has been growing the industry and helping gamers find glory by developing the products that make gaming more competitive and more fun.

SteelSeries was originally formed in Denmark in 2001 to meet the surface needs of hardcore gamers by introducing an innovative new anti-dust glass mousepad; the Icemat.

At the time, company founder Jacob Wolff-Petersen was just another Counter-Strike player in Copenhagen, using the standard dust-magnet mousepad that made it impossible to aim. But unlike other players, he introduced the world’s first glass mousepad built for FPS gamers, a flawless anti-dust surface that rewarded precision.

Since that original innovation, SteelSeries has created the first mechanical gaming keyboard, the first over-the-ear gaming headsets, retractable headset microphones, the first World of Warcraft MMO mouse, and endless other innovations.

2001: First gaming mousepad
2002: First brand to collaborate with esports players
2002: First brand to sponsor an esports event
2004: First gaming headset
2006: First mechanical gaming keyboard
2008: First online software solution for gaming peripherals
2018: First Hi-res audio system in gaming
2019: First magnetically adjustable keyboard

Ehtisham Rabbani, CEO for SteelSeries says “The first twenty years of SteelSeries have been marked by innovation, countless firsts, and true collaboration with pros. Together, we’ve built a global esports scene and fueled its meteoric rise. And we are hard at work forging the next frontier of gaming greatness with product and software innovations that will continue to be industry-defining in the years to come. At SteelSeries, we know that every gamer can feel like a star and push gaming further than anyone dreamed.”

With over 40 patents in their first twenty years, SteelSeries balances professional-grade quality and durability with an unyielding pursuit of simple, modern design.  “The mission of the company has been the same since its inception – to create gear that caters to the most demanding consumer group in the world – gamers. That mission was articulated in an early campaign slogan: ‘Winning Is Everything’ which is, and always has been a core value of the company.” said Jacob Wolff-Petersen.

In July, 2019, Nordic private equity firm Axcel purchased a majority stake in SteelSeries. In the short 18 months since, SteelSeries has become the #1 premium gaming audio brand in the world and has surpassed an important milestone, achieving over 2B DKK ($330M) in revenue. The firm also guided SteelSeries in its acquisition of U.S.-based KontrolFreek, a leader in premium console accessories, and French-based 3D audio gaming pioneer A-Volute whose Nahimic audio engineering technology can be found in some of the biggest names in gaming products including MSI and Lenovo.

In celebration of their 20th anniversary, SteelSeries has released six short animated films produced by their in-house creative team about the development of their technology and commitment to pushing the boundaries in gaming. Watch the films at

Finally, to commemorate their esports legacy, SteelSeries will host their inaugural online tournament, the Apex Masters from February 13-28. This new Valorant invitational series pits professional teams from around the world against each other in a battle for glory. Details at


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