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Here is a window to our company story, philosophy and identity.
The keyboard redefined
Hey! Let introduce myself first. My name is Luis “Deilor” Sevilla, I’m 2x EU LCS Champion as Fnatic League of Legends Head Coach and currently esports performance consultant. In mid 2016 I decided to quit my job as Fnatics Lol Coach to create my own company: Dygma.
As a result, many experienced physical discomfort and in the worst cases injuries. Ultimately affecting their performance, quality of life and happiness.
The truth is that esports is the most extreme activity done with a keyboard. You need to do lightning fast repetitive movements for hours, non-stop, day in and day out. The traditional keyboard with its old design is not designed for these kind of movements.
During the last 30 years keyboard design has barely evolved. There’s been huge technological advances and our knowledge of the human body has greatly increased. You need a keyboard that combines both and adapts to the needs of today’s users in terms of design and functionalities.
Looking for the solution
Looking for solutions for my players I realized that the gaming keyboard market was very underdeveloped. Big gaming brands weren’t innovating for their user’s benefit. They were focusing on investing in marketing while making slight modifications to existing products.
In July 2016 I decided to quit my Job as Fnatic’s Lol coach. I had already experienced esports inside a pro team and felt I could do something that benefited the whole gaming community. I decide to create the 1st keyboard designed for esports.
During the following months we created a ground-breaking keyboard design and prototyped it. in January 2017 we announced the Shortcut project.
A couple of months and 2 prototype versions later we announced we would run a closed beta. Again the response from the community was amazing and in a short time we sold 50 prototypes for the beta.
The beta lasted around two months. It was a very intense and amazing learning experience. It made us understand our users much better and realize that the Shortcut had critical flaws even though we were in love with our product, we had to change for the benefit of our users.
Our closed beta tester’s message was clear:
Shortcut’s design was a great improvement over a classic keyboard but it was too difficult to use. It reduced wrist torsion and finger movement, improved body posture, optimized thumb usage and was totally customizable. But the learning curve was too steep…
We were crushed. The keyboard that we thought was going to revolutionize gaming was just too difficult to use. At this point we had only two options: end the project or redesign our keyboard. The decision was easy, we started working immediately.
We started redefining what our keyboard had to accomplish:
- Help improve health and increase comfort,
- Help increase performance,
- No learning curve.
We had to start with the standard key distribution and build on top of that.
After a few meetings, sketches and proposals, Raise was born.
In a few hours we built a simple prototype without electronics to checked that the dimensions were correct and the thumb keys positions comfortable to use. Once we knew we were on the right track we 3D modeled it and built a functional prototype.
The trip to Shenzhen was amazing, we made incredible contacts and learnt a ton. We partnered with a design house with over 10 years of experience designing and manufacturing keyboards for some of the best gaming peripheral companies in the world.
Back in Spain we spent weeks testing and building new prototypes. Every new prototype had improvements based on testers feedback.
In these videos I explain how our prototype development and testing process works.
Being sure that the design and the features were optimal we decided to build the final prototype. The case would be made of brushed aluminium and the finishing would be black anodizing. For the first time a Raise prototype would have the finishing, weight and feeling of the commercial product.
Here you can see me in the workshop with the prototype halfway assembled.
Finally, after travelling to China, months of development and testing, several iterations… Raise was ready!
Our product: Raise
Dygma RAISE was born with the goal of enabling gamers to surpass their limits and reach their maximum potential. We were proud of our product and we wanted to show it to the world. This is why we launched our first Crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.
The campaign was a great success, we got more than 200% of our target and, most importantly, we validated Raise with our customers. Thanks to the feedback we were able to receive and to the competitors of our backers, we were able to further improve Raise.
That’s why we believe it’s the gaming keyboard with the best build quality, design and features in the market. It’s an ergonomic gaming keyboard designed to increase performance, health and comfort.
Our mission: Our name
Since the beginning of the project we knew that we wanted to create a paradigm shift in the esports industry. We felt that big gaming brands were focusing on making money instead of creating products for the benefit of their users.
We wanted to improve people’s lives through innovation, creating solutions designed to improve performance, health and comfort. And we wanted the industry to embrace the approach.
The concept “paradigm shift” expresses accurately what we want to accomplish. We started calling ourselves the “Paradigma team” (“paradigma” is the Spanish translation of paradigm) and it evolved into the shorter version “Dygma”.
The Trifecta: Body, Mind and Technology
Paradigm’s definition is: ‘a typical example or pattern of something; a pattern or model’. That’s why we wanted a logo based on simple shapes that anything could come from; such as the triangle, circle and square. We wanted it to be be minimalist and technologic but organic at the same time.
The cube shaped empty space in the middle represents the player and from the three blades in the logo, one represent the body, other the mind and the last one technology. The spiral shaped of the blades mean that the 3 components are fully interconnected, depend on each other and have the same level of importance.
We believe that balancing the 3 key aspects is the only way a player can reach it’s maximum potential. Dygma’s mission as a company is to create the products that enable Esports Athletes to achieve theirs.
Meet our proud team that every day makes Dygma possible.
Luis "Deilor" Sevilla
Founder & CEOFormer professional poker player and coach. Director of Esports Performance at Movistar Riders. Esports coach and esports performance consultant. 2x EU LCS Champion as Fnatic’s Head Coach.
Product managerIndustrial Designer with 10 years of experience in designing and manufacturing furniture and electronics. Passionate about product creation and manufacturing processes. RTS games lover.
CTOElectronic Engineer and Maker. Expert in fast prototyping and firmware. Kung Fu black belt, loves making music, beatboxing and playing Go.
José Miguel Espinar
CMODigital marketing, sales and innovation expert. Agile and Lean enthusiast. Former professional poker player and coach.
CM & Communications
A master of design and innovation focused in communication design. Skilled in content creation & social media marketing, photography and videography.
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