City of Industry, CA - December 8, 2021 - NZXT, a leader in PC gaming hardware and services, today announced it has secured a strategic investment of approximately $100 million led by Francisco Partners, a leading global investment firm that specializes in partnering with technology businesses. This investment will allow NZXT to bring on more senior talent, expand its product offering to include new hardware categories, expand its direct-to-consumer offering in new global markets, invest more in the community, and focus on continuing to build the NZXT brand.
In addition to Francisco Partners, strategic investors in NZXT also include top leaders and entrepreneurs across multiple industries, reflecting how PC gaming connects many different worlds. This group of investors includes (but is not exclusive to):
- Kevin Lin - Co-Founder of Twitch
- Vanessa Dew - Co-Founder & CSO of Health-Ade Kombucha
- Patrick Lee - Co-Founder of Rotten Tomatoes
- James Lin - Co-Founder of CrunchyRoll
- Eddie Hartman - Co-Founder of LegalZoom
- James Park - Co-Founder & CEO of Fitbit, Inc.
- Kevin Ma - Founder of Hypebeast
- Michael Chen - Co-Founder and President of Pokeworks
“We have always been laser-focused on our community and meeting their needs. As the industry and the world around us has evolved, we realized it was time to reach out for strategic guidance and invest more deeply in all of the things our community has been asking for,” said Johnny Hou, CEO of NZXT. “Francisco Partners’ track record and expertise helping successful technology companies take their growth to the next level made them the ideal partner for us. We look forward to working closely with their team as they not only understand the challenges we face and where our priorities are, but most importantly, they are as committed to our community as we are.”
As a part of this investment, Hou will remain the majority shareholder and maintain control of the company and day-to-day operations. Alan Ni from Francisco Partners will also join NZXT’s Board of Directors.
“Under Johnny’s visionary leadership, NZXT has established itself as both a leader and innovator in the PC gaming industry with products that are designed to make PC gaming more achievable and accessible for everyone across the gaming community,” said Alan Ni, who leads consumer internet investing at Francisco Partners. “As NZXT enters this next phase of growth, we are excited to partner with Johnny and the entire team to help them scale the business and expand into new products built to serve the needs of gamers across the world.”
NZXT will remain focused on creating seamless experiences for PC gamers with products that include top quality PC cases, coolers, fans, and accessories including the newly released Capsule microphone. The Company will continue to offer PC gaming enthusiasts the opportunity to purchase customized ideal set-ups or pre-built systems, including the NZXT BLD Kit for the first-time builder. The BLD Kit comes complete with all of the components, tools, and guidance necessary for those who are new to PC gaming and are looking for a hands-on experience. With the BLD Kit in addition to a growing roster of configuration and support services, NZXT now has solutions for those at all experience levels – making PC gaming more achievable and seamless for everyone.
About Francisco Partners Francisco Partners is a leading global investment firm that specializes in partnering with technology and technology-enabled businesses. Since its launch over 20 years ago, Francisco Partners has invested in more than 300 technology companies, making it one of the most active and longstanding investors in the technology industry. With more than $30 billion in assets under management, the firm invests in opportunities where its deep sectoral knowledge and operational expertise can help companies realize their full potential. For more information on Francisco Partners, please visit www.franciscopartners.com.
About NZXT Founded in 2004, NZXT is dedicated to making PC gaming achievable to all of those with a passion for play. With design in mind, NZXT makes award-winning products that allow for a personalized approach to building PC’s. Their first products were computer cases and they have since expanded to include PC cooling solutions, RGB lighting kits, components, power supplies, and their free PC performance monitoring software, NZXT Cam. They have recently expanded to include new categories like Audio featuring the Capsule Microphone and BLD Kit-- an exclusive experience for first-time builders. NZXT also has launched their CRFT line of products, bringing their PC design mindset together with some of entertainment's most popular brands to create limited-edition cases and accessories for gaming enthusiasts. NZXT remains committed to serving the PC gaming community and keeping their needs at the core of who we are.