We are approaching our first official birthday! So, this is an amazing chance to look back and share the incredible story of how the Azeron gaming keypad idea came about. As with many great things it was not born out of thin air. It came from necessity.
Back in 2012, Imants, a passionate gamer, had a realization that if you want to play games in a specific way - a regular keyboard is not enough. The classic WASD can only do so much. That led to Imants making the first gaming keypad prototype for personal use, and because the layout felt right from the start, it stayed the same for nearly three years with some minor adjustments. This is the mindset behind Azeron – find a solution that feels right and natural. And the gaming keypad delivers exactly that and allows you to reach the keys in a convenient way.
The first prototypes were made from wood with some steel elements, which may be handy when creating the first drafts of an idea, but around 2015 the Azeron project had come to a stage where using those materials no longer worked.
Understanding that a keypad like this is something that gamers everywhere would appreciate, led to a few years of product development. One of them being the way Azeron keypad is made today - 3D printing. While developing a gamepad you need to be able to change and iterate parts in an instant. As it was with Azeron - the design of some specific parts needed to be adjusted on the fly. So, 3D printing reduced the prototyping time considerably and helped to lower the waste material amount.
The first Azeron keypad was sold in 2017 and the next few years consisted of identifying potential customers, improving the product itself and the most important part - building the team. And all the pieces finally fell together in July 2019 when Azeron LTD was founded. During the following 12 months, the team behind the Azeron grew from 2 to 60 people.
What has been the most important part of the journey? The people! From one person with a genuine idea to make the first prototypes, to people that make the Azeron keypad now, and of course - the gamers who support us!
Where will we be in another year? The sky's the limit!
Keep on supporting us and following our journey, Team Azeron