Earlier this year we teamed up with GameStop employees across the country to help us design a new performance thumbstick. We received a ton of great submissions, and in the end, we left it up to FreekNation to vote and decide on their favorite design. It was a stiff competition, but after much deliberation, we announced the winner at the GameStop Expo in Las Vegas. For the first time, KontrolFreek performance has been fused with FreekNation design. Designed by GameStop manager Mariah Shaffer, we are happy to introduce KontrolFreek Atomic! We got in touch with Mariah to learn a little more about her and her inspiration for the design YOU chose!
Q: What GameStop Store do you work at and how long have you worked there?
A: I transferred to a GameStop in Martinsville, Virginia last December.
Q: What was the inspiration for the Atomic design?
A: There are a lot of great shooters coming out this year. Call of Duty: WWII for example. I wanted to design something that would be great for games like that.
Q: How did you react when you heard that you won?
A: Very, very happy! I actually heard from my store leader since he was at the GameStop Expo. He told me my design won and I couldn’t believe it!
Q: So are you a big gamer as well?
A: Of course. I’ve been playing a ton of Destiny 2 lately.
Q: Do you use KontrolFreek gear when you game?
A: Definitely. I use the FPS Freek Galaxy right now. I’m looking forward to trying Atomic!
Q: Do you already have plans for the prizes you will receive for winning?
A: I’m definitely going to share with my team. I will Probably pay off a few pre-orders and we are working with a charity soon so part of it will go to that.
Another big congratulations to Mariah, and thanks to everyone that submitted a design for our contest. You can check out the finalists below to see the competition. Make sure you check out Atomic for yourself to see Mariah’s vision made a reality!