Product Review: Gamer Goo

While attending the geek culture show, Silicon Valley Comic-Con 2019, one of the distinctively gamer-focused tables on the expo floor was for Gamer Goo.

Now this is a company I’ve seen in passing at various events in the past, but somehow I’d not stopped long enough to learn more about this product before. Did I perhaps think Gamer Goo was silly, gimmicky, or not something I’d try? The product name has always been, well, memorable, at least.

Whatever the case may be, this time I decided to see if Gamer Goo lives up to its basic premise of helping gamer keeps their hands dry during intense gaming sessions.

Bottle of Teakwood Gamer Goo
Bottle of Teakwood Gamer Goo (image credit: E4G)

What is it? 

My sample of Gamer Goo is of the familiar (in terms of body wash or anti-perspirant) teakwood persuasion.

Helpfully, the Gamer Goo container comes in 2 ounce sizes, so it will travel in carry-ons on US flights, which limits liquids in containers to 3.4 ounces.

Does it work?

I applied about a quarter-sized dollop on my hands while playing a game on a laptop and diving into an intense 16-bit retrogaming session with a joypad and then to play a couple PC games using a mouse and laptop keyboard. At first, there’s a resinous, oily look and feel and teakwood scent. After the application is rubbed in, the oily feel dries and the scent mostly disappears. Over the course of almost three hours, my hands stayed dry and didn’t slip from any surface I was using while playing games. Gamer Goo promises dry hands for up to four hours. I didn’t stress test it to its advertised limit, but I’m satisfied with the effectiveness for the duration I was playing games.


If you experience sweat-induced slipperiness while putting your mouse, keyboard keys, joysticks, joypads, and so on through the paces while playing games, Gamer Goo works. It’s $12.95 through the company’s official storefront. which is not much pricier than a quality moisturizer. Granted, you may endure some ribbing from your friends for using it, but you just might get the last laugh when you’re playing with a better grip than they are on your gaming interfaces(including when you’re traveling).

Updated: July 11, 2020 — 3:20 pm