Hardware and Gear

Published on February 4th, 2022 | by gareth


KontrolFreek Announces The Return Of The OG Thumbgrips

Fans will be thrilled to have this option for their controllers as they really do make a difference.

KontrolFreek®, the creator of Performance Gaming Gear™, today announced the return of the OG of thumb grips to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the CQC (Close Quarters Combat) Performance Thumbsticks®.


Back by popular demand, the CQC is the original mid-rise performance Thumbstick built for versatility in any game to provide comfort and control resulting in faster and more accurate reactions. The mid-rise 6.1mm of height creates a seamless feel for players looking for big results, less adjustment time, and overall increased comfort and enhanced control in a classic minimalistic design.


Fusing retro style and innovation, the 2022 edition CQC Thumbsticks feature the original concave thumb surface, built for comfort, grip, and control while adding the new 4-prong design that produces increased security and stability for intense gameplay. The result is the perfect mix of old-school style and next-gen engineering for elite performance on next-gen consoles.


Utilizing the science of ergonomics, KontrolFreek performance gear helps improve gameplay by increasing range of motion, comfort, exceptional grip, and control while delivering maximum precision.


Key Product Features:


  • The world’s most advanced thumb grips with next-gen 4-Prong design to meet ergonomic and performance gaming needs for next-gen consoles and gamers
  • Mid-Rise Thumbsticks delivers 6.1mm of added height to original stock controller sticks for enhanced control and increased comfort
  • Provides an increased range of motion and accuracy, while decreasing hand & thumb fatigue, along with reduced dead zone resistance
  • Proprietary rubber compound enhances grip and reduces slip
  • Available for PlayStation 5 | PlayStation 4 | Xbox X/S | Xbox One


To help celebrate the 10th anniversary and relaunch of the retro CQC Thumbsticks, KontrolFreek is hosting #FreekWeeks 2022, where gamers can get exclusive content, interact with their favorite influencers and creators like @OMGitsAliA and @JGODYT, participate in community game nights and live streams, and enter to win prizes including next-gen consoles and the #FreekNation Nintendo product suite (the entire KontrolFreek line of products, a SteelSeries headset, and Nintendo OLED system).


The CQC Performance Thumbsticks are available for $19.99 at KontrolFreek.com. For more information on the brand check out KontrolFreek.com, and join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Twitch, and Discord. #KontrolFreek | #FreakNation

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Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site and publication “Skewed and Reviewed”. He has three books of film, game reviews and interviews published and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit. Gareth has appeared in movies and is a regular guest on a top-rated Seattle morning show. He has also appeared briefly in films such as “Prefountaine”, “Postal”. “Far Cry”. and others. Gareth is also an in-demand speaker at several conventions and has conducted popular panels for over two decades.

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