AKRacing is a racing seat and gaming chair company established in 2001 with headquarters in Yangzhou, China by Chard Lee. The company has a US office in Oxnard, CA and a distribution network in Asia, Middle East, Europe, Americas, and Oceania....
History[edit | edit source]
AKRacing company was founded in 2001 as a real race car seat manufacturer. The company does 100% of its own design, manufacturing, testing and quality control in-house. The company also operates under AKPlayer brand in certain markets
In 2015, AKRacing teamed up with Team Dignitas, an international eSports team headquartered in the United Kingdom, acquired by Philadelphia 76ers. As part of the partnership, AKRacing and Team Dignitas designed and added two "unique branded Team Dignitas Series to [the] current line of products."
In 2017, the company entered into a similar partnership with Hell Raisers eSports team, as well as a community-driven commerce platform Massdrop, and released a limited edition ASUS ROG gaming chair in Asia. That same year AKRacing opened an official US location in Oxnard, CA and expanded into major US retailers, such as Walmart, Fry's Electronics, Staples, Best Buy, Office Depot, Dell, etc.
In 2018, AKRacing launched a European version of ASUS ROG gaming chair that was presented at Gamescom 2018 and attended Tokyo Game Show with a booth "filled with gaming chairs for people to get butts-on impressions."
AKRacing remains the official gaming chair sponsor for LCK (League of Legends Champions Korea) since 2016, for PAX since 2017, and partnered with Zotac for Zotac Cup Starcraft: Remastered in 2017. In April 2018, AKRacing became the official sponsor of H1Z1 Pro League and also provided custom Fortnite gaming chairs for Epic Games' Fortnite Pro-Am tournament during E3 2018.
Products[edit | edit source]
Gaming chairs[edit | edit source]
AKRacing expanded its operations into the gaming chairs industry in 2004. The company launched an all-new 2018 product line in the USA, introducing three distinct series: Core Series, Masters Series and Office Series in the US during CES 2018. Later, the new line was also introduced in Germany at Gamescom 2018 and in the UK at EGX 2018
Office chairs[edit | edit source]
In 2017, AKRacing revealed its first office chairs, Meraki and Solitude, in Europe and expanded the selection further in 2018 with the introduction of Office Series in USA, featuring Opal, Obsidian and Onyx office chairs. The Office Series are more conservative in design than gaming series as "AKRacing has been toning down the bright colors with [the new] line."
Accessories[edit | edit source]
Reception[edit | edit source]
Core Series EX gaming chair has been rated "excellent" by PCMag as "a very good choice for anyone who wants to look beyond faux leather, or simply spend a bit less on a full-featured gaming chair."
Masters Series Max gaming chair was described by them as "a tank of a gaming chair." Other AKRacing gaming chair series available include: K7, Prime, Octane, Nitro, Overture, Player, and others.
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