San Diego – December 10, 2015 Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT/TSX: MCZ) announced today the E.S.PRO 1, a new and unique way to enjoy tournament-grade audio quality without the bulk and weight of traditional over-ear headphones.

Specially designed for eSports gamers, the E.S.PRO 1 differs from traditional earbuds, using enlarged 13.5mm speakers to deliver a powerful audio experience with increased bass response and crystal clear highs, revealing every detail of the gaming environment.

Fully equipped for competitive play, the E.S.PRO 1 features a removable, omni-directional boom microphone, ideal when chat is of primary importance. When not gaming, users can also access theE.S.PRO 1 in-line microphone, complete with automatic noise and echo suppression. To make every second count, the E.S.PRO 1 boasts easy to reach audio controls, allowing gamers to adjust the volume, mute chat, and control track selection.

Addressing a further issue common with regular earbuds, the E.S.PRO 1 features innovative soft-rubber support arms, designed to gently fit inside the ear and prevent the earbuds from falling out during heated gaming sessions. In addition, to aid with comfort and acoustic isolation, the E.S.PRO 1 comes complete with optional earbud attachments designed to fit virtually any size ear.

“Complementing our new R.A.T. PRO Series™ of gaming mice, the E.S.PRO 1 provide eSports enthusiasts with an innovative earbud option – combining tournament-grade gaming audio quality, with features and comfort that rival traditional over-the-ear headsets,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “The E.S.PRO 1 further illustrates Mad Catz’ commitment to designing high-performance products that enhance the experience of competitive gamers, enabling us to expand our audio business throughout 2016.”

Expected to ship in January 2016, the E.S.PRO 1 comes complete with a standard 3.5mm cable and PC audio adapter, allowing connection with virtually any audio source including PC, Mobile and current generation consoles.

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