Popular peripheral maker Razer has announced that it will be shifting some of its manufacturing capacity to create surgical face masks, as this important commodity is continually difficult to come by during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On top of this, much of the produced masks will be donated instead of sold.

Min-Liang Tan, CEO of Razer, took to Twitter to announce how and why he and his company would be doing this.

“Over the past few days, our designers and engineers have been working 24-hour shifts to convert some of our existing manufacturing lines to produce surgical masks so that we can donate them to countries around the world. We intend to donate up to 1M masks to the health authorities of different countries globally. For starters, we’ve been in touch with the authorities in Singapore (where the @Razer SEA HQ is based) to donate some of the initial shipments to assist their fight against COVID-19,” Tan writes. 

At this point you may be wondering why Razer, known for making electronic peripherals intended for gaming, could make masks intended for medical use. As it turns out these sorts of companies are perfectly poised to do just that, as their production lines are usually kept immaculate in a bid to product sensitive circuitry while electronics are being made.

Razer isn’t even the first of its kind to do this. Earlier this month Sharp began the process of converting its television manufacturing plant to also create surgical masks.

Outside of Singapore Tan adds that other Razer offices around the world will begin contacting their local governments and health authorities to best direct mask shipments.

Together with masks the company will apparently be doing more in the future. While Tan didn’t specify what these future actions would be, he did state that this endeavour is “the first step of many that Razer will take”.

Those in the gaming community who would also like to contribute to the fight against COVID-19 in their own way should check out [email protected], a downloadable programme that can use your PC’s spare compute power to contribute to medical research.

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