Peripheral maker Mad Catz may be coming back from the dead

Peripheral maker Mad Catz was at one time a big name in the plastic input device business, but its days came to an end earlier this year when, after more than a year of struggle, it pulled the plug with a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. But if Kotaku is correct, it might soon be making a comeback. 

The site was sent a link to a video on YouTube entitled "Back in the Game," which is really nothing more than a 30-second clip of a T-1000-style reconstruction of a mouse, keyboard, and gaming headset. There's no hint of who or what is actually "back in the game," unless there's secret stashed in there somewhere that I've missed: Instead, it's the origin of the trailer itself that's significant. It was posted by Little Big PR, whose co-founder and CEO is Alex Verrey. But before that gig—up until early 2016, when the company has hammered by layoffs—he was the global PR and communications director at Mad Catz.    

This could all be another company entirely, but the circumstantial evidence certainly appears to point to Mad Catz. If it is, the video could also be taken as a sign of an increased focus on the PC market. It obviously isn't a comprehensive showcase of everything that Mad Catz (or, you know, whoever) will come back with, but leading with PC peripherals—and nary a controller in sight—seems intended to make a strong, and very particular, first impression. 

The big secret will apparently be revealed on January 4, just a few days ahead of CES. I've reached out to Little Big PR to ask about what's coming back, and while they probably won't want to spoil the surprise, I'll let you know if someone does. 

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.