It’s not April 1, but no one told Razer that when he announced his “finger sleeves”. Yes, finger sleeves: they’re literally little sleeves that cover your fingers to supposedly improve their grip, and these particular finger sleeves are aimed at the gamer market.
This isn’t the first time Razer has announced a product that looks too ridiculous to be real. But unlike Razer’s concept for an RGB compatible Covid face mask, Project Hazel, this gaming finger sleeve is already available for purchase on its website.
These “non-slip” finger gloves are meant to be for people who play mobile games like Fortnite (or whatever the kids are playing these days) to help keep their phones safe while they win their last royal victory. According to the site, the sleeves are made of a “smooth high sensitivity fabric” (35% silver fiber fabric, 60% nylon, 5% spandex), are “lightweight and breathable” and are available in one size. I have to commend the restraint Razer has shown in not making them shine. Sometimes less is more.
Razer isn’t the first company to come up with the idea of making finger sleeves for gaming, but unlike its new competition in the market, Amazon sellers fly-by-night with names like Powstro, Flydigi and Sameo, Razer already has real estate in player houses. So, Razer lifestyle enthusiasts: go buy your little bling-out finger rubbers. Go ahead, I’ll wait. It is important to play the game safely, after all.
Although the gaming finger sleeve sounds like the punchline of a joke, PC player pointed out that finger sleeves are enjoying a certain level of market demand as the mobile game industry is now estimated at $ 15.1 billion. We might be laughing now, but… okay, we’re still laughing now. Good luck to Razer.
Although I personally do not plan to buy a pack of these sleeves for my mobile Tetris gaming fun, I wouldn’t be sorry if Razer or some other organization decided to create a new glove for fighting games with the same general approach. Heck, they can even light up for whatever I care about. This one was a free Razer, call me!