Logitech have doubled the price of their 13-year-old wireless controller used in the OceanGate Titan submersible after tragedy.
In a world already grappling with unprecedented events, the last week brought yet another shocking incident that sent ripples across the globe: the tragic demise of the Titan submersible and its crew members. The news resonated far beyond the boundaries of the marine exploration community, stirring controversies in an entirely unexpected sector – the gaming industry.
The Titan, a so-called state-of-the-art submersible, embarked on a historical mission from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. It was led by British billionaire and adventurer Hamish Harding, with the goal of visiting the Titanic wreck nearly 4,000 meters under the sea. However, this voyage of discovery took a chilling turn when communications with the Titan were lost an hour and 45 minutes into its descent. The submersible, which was expected to return to the surface later that day, never reappeared. In a grim turn of events, the US Coast Guard announced the discovery of a debris field near the Titanic wreck, resulting from what they described as a “catastrophic implosion.” The five crew members aboard the Titan were presumed to have been killed instantly.
While the world mourned this devastating loss, an entirely different controversy began brewing in the realm of the gaming industry. Logitech, a renowned manufacturer of gaming peripherals, has come under fire for a sudden and significant price increase of their F710 wireless controller. The controller, originally priced at USD$30 at its release in June 2013, saw its price doubled in the wake of the Titan submersible tragedy.
The connection between a marine disaster and a gaming controller may seem tenuous at first glance. However, the Titan submersible was known to use a similar controller system to that of the Logitech F710, a fact that many in the gaming community were well aware of. Following the Titan tragedy, the sudden increase in the price of the F710 controller led to accusations of Logitech attempting to profit from the incident, causing a wave of criticism against the company.
Logitech has yet to issue a response to these allegations. Meanwhile, the gaming community and the public at large are left with a bitter taste, questioning the ethics of a company seemingly capitalizing on a tragedy that took the lives of five individuals.
Supply and demand?
However, it’s important to note that the increase in the F710’s price may be attributed to factors beyond the Titan tragedy. It could be a response to increased demand, supply chain issues, or cost increases in manufacturing. Regardless, the timing of the price hike has undoubtedly stirred up a storm of controversy, leaving many to question Logitech’s motives.
Meanwhile, as the Titan submersible lies in the deep abyss, the repercussions of its tragic end continue to echo in various sectors. The loss of life, the potential advancements in marine research that were curtailed, and the controversies it has incited serve as reminders of the interconnectedness of our world – an interconnectedness that can sometimes lead to unexpected and disturbing consequences.
The Titan submersible tragedy and the subsequent controversy surrounding Logitech’s F710 controller price increase serve as stark reminders of the unpredictable nature of life and business. As we continue to grapple with these events, one can only hope that lessons will be learned, justice will be served, and respect for human life will always supersede profit.