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Here’s the cheat code for the ultimate gaming room setup

The road to victory is paved with some serious firepower.

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It might seem like, well, a game. But gaming is serious business: the most talented pro gamers are celebrities today, competing in stadiums (at least in “normal” times) before millions of adoring fans. Streamers command legions of followers across the world and vie for endorsement deals. Manufacturers push the limits of tech to garner the attention of stats-obsessive gamers, who pore over spec sheets like they’re searching for hidden treasure. Maybe in a way they are! After all, the most ardent of gamers are willing to pay to play, always trying to customize the perfect setup, swapping in parts and hardware, to strive for perfection.

Perfection, like nirvana, might be hard to achieve, but a killer setup isn’t, especially when you’ve got the right stuff at your fingertips. The shopping service Klarna helps gamers play like champions by making the cost of getting the latest gaming gear more manageable and budget-friendly. It’s like a cheat code for shopping online, one that lets you pay* in four interest-free installments at their network of retail partners, or through their app.

And now Klarna is about to make it even easier to upgrade to the ultimate at-home setup with Playing For Keeps, a first-of-its-kind live-gaming event that will pit aspiring gamers against two of today’s biggest Twitch streamers. Up for grabs, literally, right out from under SypherPK and KittyPlays, is a setup that would make even the pros jealous.

The right gear isn’t everything, of course — even if you win it from the pros. Practice, practice, practice, a nerve of steel, a thick skin, and the occasional ’80s action movie training montage is key to upping one’s stats and K/D ratios. But the most coveted gear can mean the split-second difference between victory and a torrent of expletives. We’ve rounded up the best of the best gaming gear that’s up for grabs in Playing For Keeps (or for easy purchase with Klarna if you miss out). Hold onto your butts: build this ultimate setup and impress your team, induce envy in your rivals, and achieve total domination.


The Logitech gaming mouse on a rainbow background.

Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse

  • $150

It’s not any ordinary mouse. Not when it resembles the love child of Batman’s Tumbler, an armadillo, and the motorcycle from AKIRA. With a dizzying array of programmable buttons and ultra-fast 400+ IPS tracking speed, it’s no surprise that this pro-gamer choice has been elevated to icon status. 

The Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition keyboard on a rainbow background.

Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition Keyboard

  • $130

Keyboard warriors need a weapon that can handle every input and command they throw at it. It’s likely that your fingers might fall off before you wear out the proprietary Razer Linear optical switches and matte-finish Doubleshot PBT caps that have been tested to 100 million keystrokes. Plus, the switches will feel good even when you’re sending a work email instead of gaming. 

The JBL Quantum headphones on a rainbow background.

JBL Quantum Headphones

  • $300

It’s the flagship headset from industry pioneer JBL, delivering lightweight, marathon-ready performance and active noise cancellation — and its design will make you look like you’re the commander of a space station. Programmable colors, durable braided cables, and a huge JBL logo on the side all add to a serious industrial-metal chic. Fire all forward lasers from the press of your mic button. Over and out. 

The Bose smart soundbar on a rainbow background.

Bose Smart Soundbar 300

  • $400

Bring some sensory overload to your game through rich, crisp, wall-shaking sound. Or subject your friends to your musical tastes and your favorite nostalgia-inducing ’80s movies. Just one cable connects the elegant Smart Soundbar 300 to your television, and voice connectivity does the rest. Hey, Alexa! Turn on your Xbox, your favorite Soundcloud mumblecore rap playlist, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, or the Gremlins 2 video game for your NES Classic. 

The Corsair iCUE LT100 lighting towers on a rainbow background.

Corsair iCUE LT100 Smart Lighting Towers

  • $130

Give your gaming room the Studio 54 vibes that it deserves. Sync up these light towers to the action onscreen for an immersive experience. Or cue it to your movies or favorite soundtracks and it’ll be like those Pink Floyd laser light shows, without having to drive to a planetarium. 

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II headset on a rainbow background.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Headset

  • $330

As the official headphone of LoL Esports Global Events, it’s what all your favorite League of Legends players are rocking. The pioneers of noise cancellation bring unparalleled sound accuracy and crispness to your ears. All so you can hear your enemies sneaking up on you without breaking a sweat. 

Want to get your hands on this pro-level setup? Sign up for your chance to beat SypherPK or KittyPlays at their own game, live on Twitch on October 27 and 29, 2020.

*See Klarna terms here. CA residents: Pay in 4 loans made or arranged pursuant to a California Finance Lenders Law license.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN IN THE KLARNA “PLAYING FOR KEEPS” PROMOTION. Open to legal residents of the 50 US & DC, 18 or older with a Discord account. Void where prohibited. Promotion starts 10/19/20 and ends 10/29/20 at 1:30 PM PT. For Official Rules, which govern, and specific Event prerequisites, click here. Sponsor: Klarna, Inc.

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