Peripheral maker Logitech has announced that it has acquired Saitek, a leading manufacturer of PC flight sticks, controllers, pedals, and panels. Saitek has been a subsidiary of Mad Catz since 2007, producing flight sticks, mice, and keyboards for gamers.
"It's an exciting day for Logitech G. We just acquired the Saitek brand and the Saitek line of flight, farm and space simulation game controllers. They're the go-to products for anyone into games like Elite Dangerous, Eve Valkyrie, Star Citizen, Microsoft Flight Simulator and Farm Simulator," wrote Logitech in a company statement.
For Logitech, the move is calculated to gain entry into not only the simulation market, but also to strengthen the company's hardware options for virtual reality. It's worth noting that Mad Catz retains the hardware rights for Saitek's mouse and keyboard lines; Logitech just purchased the brand name and the hardware associated with the simulation niche.
"Simulation games are cool and getting cooler," said the company. "Whether you're into driving, flying or exploring space, there are fresh new titles available and more to come. Some of these titles are even VR enabled and we believe that dedicated controllers will stimulate and enhance the total VR experience. Last and most importantly, we're excited to be a bigger part of the simulation community."
Logitech's statement says that it has "a vision that will take these products further" and is looking to integrate Saitek hardware into its Logitech G lineup.