Gaming Headset Giant Turtle Beach to Acquire Roccat in $18 Million Deal

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Mar 16, 2019 2:00 PM

Renowned gaming headset manufacturer Turtle Beach has made a big play in the gaming hardware industry, announcing it will be acquiring Roccat in a deal worth around $18 million.

German hardware firm Roccat has a diverse range of PC gaming accessories stretching across mice, keyboards, headsets, and other accessories. Roccat will bolt onto Turtle Beach’s existing headset brand and is intended to accelerate Turtle Rock’s reach into the $2.9 billion annual market for PC gaming accessories.

“This is a dynamic and strategically important deal for Turtle Beach,” said Juergen Stark, CEO of Stark Industries Turtle Beach. “We are adding a complementary portfolio of PC gaming mice and keyboards, a skilled PC accessories team, and a highly synergistic distribution footprint.”

Christ, I think I’ve just won a game of marketing jargon bingo, where do I go for my prize money?

“We’ve long admired how Turtle Beach’s pioneering headsets have elevated gaming and it is an honor to join forces and bring our great products to more gamers,” said René Korte, CEO of Roccat, as he eyes up his immense piles of cash. “I have no doubt that combining Roccat’s strength in the PC peripherals market with Turtle Beach’s 45 years of experience, impressive technology, console dominance, and strong brand will bring even more victories to gamers around the world.”

To the end user, it looks as if little is actually going to change. Turtle Beach will retain the Roccat brand and its associated product range, itself becoming a much larger player in the PC accessory market with 48 different product models split across headsets, mice, keyboards and more.

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01:40 Mar-18-2019

Turtle Beach is horrible.

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09:52 Mar-17-2019

In Germany I see Headsets from Turtle Beach very often. Shops like MediaMarkt or GameStop have them always, but never interessted in them. On the other Hand. I've got a Roccat Leadr gaming mouse :)

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00:23 Mar-17-2019

Funny... I actually have the exact mouse used in the article picture (that is, a roccat kone aimo) and I am quite happy with it, exactly what I wanted, aside from needless RGB.
However, I never heard of Turtle Beach... weird.
Eh, pretty neutral overall on this, just hope support keeps up.

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21:51 Mar-16-2019

What? i have not heard of Turtle Beach.

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20:18 Mar-16-2019

Roccat keyboard here, best keyboard I have ever seen, mx black mech keys and well sized palm rest

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14:06 Mar-16-2019

Never owned anything from Roccat but Turtle Beach headset was terrible even by headset standards.

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15:04 Mar-16-2019

''Gaming Headsets''

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15:14 Mar-16-2019

I've heard mostly good things about turtle beach, never owned one since they are not available in my country and shipping and customs are not worth it. What was bad about it?

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22:35 Mar-16-2019

Very muddy mic and sound.

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07:43 Mar-17-2019

I wouldn't expect good music sound out of headphones optimized for specific in-game frequency ranges. Mics I guess it was on the model you had, I've seen some videos that were recorded on a turtle beach microphone and it was ok, nothing special, but not bad.

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17:50 Mar-17-2019

@Psychoman Optimized for specific in-game frequency ranges means that they are tuned to produce some levels louder than others, it's all marketing tricks to make the best of their lack of frequency range and non-existent soundstage (to name a few examples) from their cheap cans. Don't fall for this, get yourself a decent pair of cans and steer clear of treble and bass emphasized gaming grade peripherals. Good soundstage, wide frequency ranges, solid build quality and clear, neutral sound are what I look for, hence I stay away from gaming headsets, though I must say there are many good ones too.

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17:52 Mar-17-2019

Turtle Beach is quite famous for falling into near, if not all of the pits that come with a gaming headset.

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12:29 Mar-18-2019

I'm aware that they are not for audio quality, but with those louder frequencies sound whoring was so op on a cougar headset. I mean isn't that the point of these gaming headset and not balanced, clear and good audio quality?


In bf4 with that set I basically had a wall, map and in general position hack of players around me xd

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12:32 Mar-18-2019

Also thanks for the info btw, I had no idea they were this bad, not that I would have ever paid the 25-35 Euro delivery +customs xd

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18:15 Mar-18-2019

Proper surround is great indeed. Yeah, for cheap cans with good sound I recommend looking at AKG K92, for an example.

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21:12 Mar-18-2019

Exactly what I have XD

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13:07 Mar-19-2019

A man of good taste xD

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13:18 Mar-19-2019

Tzzsmk recommended them to me, but I've always had plans to get AKG headphones, just didn't know which model.

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15:18 Mar-19-2019

I liked AKG K240 MKII most, recently using AKG K702 at work,
that said tho, I very much prefer proper speakers, got used to my Eris E8 I can't stand any headphones anymore xD

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16:15 Mar-19-2019

I've been itching to get the AKG K712 PRO for a good while now but can't quite justify the purchase for my use.


Along AKG I really love Sennheisers, great sounds and really durable. I had an older pair that were given to me by my father when he upgraded. Those things were so simple that I could repair them myself if needed, and they sounded great. Sadly the cans finally died down a year back.

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