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Paintball in the Future

By August 22, 2012

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Paintball, like much of life, is in a state of constant flux.  New players join the game and old players leave.  New fields come and old fields close.  People do stupid things (and sometimes show up on the news) and positive depictions will get picked up by the media.  With all this change, though, there is a general trend where the sport is evolving.   The 1980s saw the framework laid for the sport as we now know it while the 1990s saw the development of a more formal competitive framework and the 2000s have seen extensive growth in the technology backing the sport.  With competing approaches from aficionados of woodsball, speedball, and other, forms of the game, different visions for the future are seen.  What, though, is the future of the sport?

I'm not here to answer that question in a single blog post, but I do have a few thoughts and I'm interested to hear what you think.  First, paintball is not going away.  It has been around for three decades and is not going to end in the future because it is such a fun sport.  Second, there is going to be a continued schism between tournament players and woodsball players where there are almost two forms of the same, basic sport (think NASCAR versus Formula 1).  Third, technological growth will slow as equipment reaches a point where the only major improvements are so incremental that they cease to matter in function.

So, what do you think?  With all the change that happens, what direction is paintball, overall, taking?

Comments

August 23, 2012 at 9:20 am
(1) Cliff says:

Much buzz going on right now regarding the future of paintball. JT SplatMaster markers are now available through Walmart stores, walmart.com or at jtsplatmaster.com direct. In the coming months this product line will be in additional Retail locations and up to 200 traditional stores and fields around the US. Many solid reviews are buzzing and links to them can be found at the JT SplatMaster facebook page. There is also positive feedback on PB Nation under the News forum.

August 28, 2012 at 8:57 am
(2) Austin says:

I agree with you that paintball is here to stay. It is fun and people love fun. There also is a rediscovering of the outdoor as people of all ages struggle with obesity and it’s attendant issues. Paintball is physical and challenges the body and my guess is that there will be a rediscovery of the game as more people seek ways to be active and fight obesity here in the US and even abroad.

October 2, 2012 at 5:13 am
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October 3, 2012 at 4:15 am
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November 8, 2012 at 4:58 am
(5) ITSMike says:

While most paintball fields are outdoors, we’ve just opened up a new indoor “field” in Houston. We didn’t just put some barriers in a warehouse, but, we converted a standing 2-story office building into a 4 zone paintball (and airsoft) battlefield. After removing all the doors, we added to each room either a shoot-through, crawl-through or walk-through opening. Shots can be made between rooms (sometimes through/between several rooms), around fixed walls and temporary (cubicle) barriers.

Since we’re indoors, the elements and bugs (an issue 10 months out of the year in Houston) are no longer issues. Also, you can wear all your layers of protection since we can crank the A/C down accordingly.

We’ve also taken a new path to typical paintball in that we use the no-mess Reballs. They are reusable, so, you get to use them for free (paintball marker air is free too). We just collect the Reballs after each match and reuse them. So, if you are Trigger Happy, you’ve found a home.

Are you game?

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