PRESS RELEASE: April 8, 2016 – Scuf Gaming through Ironburg Inventions (the “Invention/ Patent subsidiary”) has been issued yet another very important Gaming Controller Utility Patent, U.S. Patent No. 9,289,688 by the USPTO, which relates to enabling the user to employ the middle and little fingers of the hand to control Triangular Cross-sectional functions of the reverse of a controller. Included in the patent are conduits for lateral support of elongated back functions (eg paddles or flippers) and also a locking mechanism and switch mechanism to the rear panel.
Duncan Ironmonger, CEO & Co-Founder Scuf Gaming/ Ironburg Inventions says, “Over the last 5 years we have created a new market space for Pro & Hardcore Gaming controllers adding 5 unique functions to previous generations of controllers. We have invested over 10 million dollars into research and development and educating the Gaming World on safe ergonomic use of input devices at the top level. Of the 5 unique features we offer, the back functionality is the most important because it unlocks the previously redundant underside of the controller enabling increased hand-use. We have previously been granted 17 patents so obtaining another key utility patent is gratifying and symbolic of our ongoing innovation. Our mission is to continually advance the way gamers use input devices and rethink normal. By evolving and improving the gamer’s dexterity and experience, we are committed to the growth and enjoyment of eSports. Protecting what we create is essential to our continued growth and ability to innovate and further invest.”
Scuf Gaming (through Ironburg) has filed over 59 patents of which 18 have already been granted. Last year, Scuf Gaming licensed their Intellectual Property to Microsoft for use on the Microsoft Xbox Elite Controller. Scuf Gaming invented and filed patents for several key features on a professional customizable controller to include back control functions, paddles, adjustable hair trigger and trigger stop mechanisms, EMR (Electro-magnetic Remapping), removable thumbsticks, Dpad and Infinity rings, ergonomic SCUF Grip handles and much more.
Ironmonger concludes, “In the early days we had to spend time convincing gamers that SCUF controllers made sense, most recently over 90% of Professional Gamers rely on SCUF in competition. We employ over 180 people in USA and Europe so the ability to protect our investment through issued patents is both gratifying and comforting, especially given the market shift to SCUF like controllers as people catch on.”
About Scuf Gaming
Scuf Gaming® is a Global Leader and Innovator in eSports, providing Tactical Gear for Elite Gamers where more than 90% of the world’s top professional gamers in shooters use a SCUF. Selling high-end accessories and customized gaming controllers for PC and Console, SCUF offers a number of functional and design features custom built to increase hand use and improve gameplay. Built to specification, SCUF controllers cater to professional and hardcore gamers who are looking for that edge and recognize that one size does not fit all. The primary focus for SCUF controllers are the functional features, which go toward improving your game, allowing you to reduce latency and use more of your hand in a safe and ergonomic way. The SCUF controller has features, which are covered by 18 granted patents, and another 41 pending; protecting 3 key areas of a controller; back control functions and handles, trigger control mechanisms and thumbstick control area. Scuf Gaming is the official controller partner of major gaming leagues including: MLG, ESL, Gfinity, EGL and UMG. With operations and production in North America and Europe, Scuf Gaming also provides a variety of accessories and apparel specifically designed for Elite Gamers.