MacDev & Virtue Paintball Form Partnership

VirtueMacDevPR-PostVirtue and MacDev announced a joint partnership today which will transform the gun market by bringing high-end paintball guns to Virtue Paintball. The alliance brings together long time manufacturer MacDev with Virtue Paintball, the leader in goggle and loader technology.

The Paintball Extravaganza at the end of February will officially kick off the new relationship, with the launch and display of several new models. Virtue will integrate the MacDev gun line-up into its product line offered to dealers and teams, as well as offering support and sales of the new line-up at all the PSP and scenario events attended by Virtue. In 2015, Virtue will be offering players the choice of the new MacDev Clone 5, Drone 2, and Cyborg 6.

“You might say Virtue is obsessed with providing choice to the players. You can use the compact, but a high capacity loader like the Spire 260, or use the even smaller Spire 200, that still holds more paint than its competitors. The new Contour and Extend VIO goggle systems follow the same philosophy, as not every player has the same size face,” said Virtue President Mike Newman, “All that has been missing from Virtue, was not just a gun, but a full range of guns.”

“We have been manufacturing paintball products for over 20 years, and this new agreement between Virtue and MacDev is perfectly complementary; the best loader and goggle, meet the best guns,” said Bourke Grundy, product development manager at MacDev.

“MacDev have always had a loyal following, yet lacked the infrastructure to make the full impact on the market their products deserve,” said Nick Truter, Virtue’s European Director of Sales and Marketing, “This new partnership with Virtue unites some of the most talented personnel within the industry, allowing us to collectively raise the bar when it comes to servicing and satisfying our customers’ needs.”

Unlike other gun manufacturers who outsource production, MacDev has direct, full control over the manufacturing process right down to producing their own solenoid in house. Other companies buy off the shelf solenoids or outsource the production, which leads to both supply chain issues, and even worse introduces inconsistencies into the line.

“No one else can match the fact that every machined part, even the solenoid is produced in-house,” said Dianne King, President of MacDev, “All that has been missing is the right partner who can bring a level of sales, service and support equal to that of our production capabilities. Virtue is that company.”

“MacDev has a long and storied history as one of the oldest companies in the paintball industry, but because of their separation from the main paintball market in North America, MacDev has never really been able to gain a strong foothold as one of the leading gun brands in the USA. This partnership sets the stage to change that,” said Chris Williams, Vice President of Virtue Paintball.

The scope of the agreement initially covers North and South America, and dealers with existing relationships will not be affected as MacDev will continue operating directly with those companies as usual. In addition to collaboration between MacDev and Virtue on product development, this new partnership means increased support, faster response times, as well as better sales and marketing. Continue reading

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SP Shocker Debut At Paintball Extravaganza

The SP Shocker debuted today to a huge crowd of players. The marker looks amazing and it’s got a price point of around $800.

ZombieKillerscopy_zps06961f99Jeff Trainer, one of the owners of Sands Bethlehem Event Center, has always loved movies and always loved zombies — long before, he says, the hit TV show “The Walking Dead.”

Trainer even at one point had a Los Angeles screenwriter pen a script for him. But like characters in zombie movies, the movie died.

Now, also like the walking dead, Trainer’s zombie movie has come back to life, stronger than ever.

“Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard,” a thriller starring “Titanic” alum Billy Zane, “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” star Dee Wallace and “The O.C.” star Mischa Barton, was shot in the Poconos this summer and is set for commercial release in February.

Originally conceived as a film that would be offered via the video streaming the event center has developed for boxing and concerts, the film now has been picked up for distribution by Anchor Bay, one of the world’s largest entertainment companies and also distributor of “The Walking Dead.”

The film likely will premiere with a zombie-themed gala showing at the event center, Trainer says.

The film also involves the burgeoning sport of paintball. It’s set in a small post-apocalyptic town defended from the undead by a team of young guns trained by Zane’s anti-hero character through paintball games.

That, Trainer says, not only sets the film apart, but also opens up all kinds of marketing possibilities.

So much buzz has been generated that a sequel already is planned and “Zombie Killers” is likely to become a trilogy, officials say.

“This is not your typical zombie movie,” writer-director B. Harrison Smith says. “An analogy is this is sort of how ‘Star Wars’ was, a smaller film, and the next one, we’re hoping, is our ‘Empire Strikes Back.’”

Rising from the grave

Trainer, a Lehigh Valley developer who also opened Bethlehem’s Steel Ice Center in 2003, says his movie idea got new life with the announcement of the event center’s streaming capabilities and its tie-in to the Internet video streaming service Ustream in 2013, along with a paranormal and horror convention, Parafest, held at the event center around the same time.

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PSP is Now Bring Your Own Paint

PSP logoIn the past the PSP had limited the amount of paint sponsors at our events in order to preserve the quality of the product being sold to our customers. Knowing how difficult and capital extensive it is to produce quality paint, we put policies in place that ensured the paint available was of proven quality and consistency. After listening to the concerns of the players who feel they should have more choices with paint suppliers, and based on a situation that was brought to our attention at the Dallas Open, we now feel it is necessary to allow as many paint options as possible at our events and to give players absolute freedom to pick the product they want to shoot.

Making paintballs is an art, and the manufacturers always try to bring the very best product to our events, but inevitably there is a varying level of break-ability between the brands given certain climate conditions, which are impossible to control. Since the PSP’s highest priority is to maintain the competitive balance, it makes sense to enable our players and teams to have more choices when it comes to paint. Moving forward we will not only be accepting more paint companies, but our players and teams will be able to bring their own paint as long as that paint meets the rule requirements (non staining, yellow fill).

Lane Wright, Interim CEO, says, “With a new management perspective, and after hearing of a situation in Dallas between a competitor and a paint vendor, we will make the change back to being a BYOP series.

Obviously there will be some restrictions on paint colors, sizes, etc., but essentially we are allowing teams to bring the paint of their choice to the events regardless of sponsorship. Vendors will absolutely still be allowed to sell paint on site and a new paint sponsorship package will be put together and sent out to prospective sponsors.

I would hope that teams and players would respect the support that future paint sponsors are showing when they choose to sponsor our tournament paintball events, but, as a rule, we will allow teams to bring in paint from off site sources if that is their choice.”

2015 PSP BYOP Paint Requirements:

*Yellow Fill Required

*Non-Staining Fill Required

*Must meet ASTM Standards – .68 Caliber, Weight less than 3.5 grams

What's Going On PSP?

john in PortlandMake no mistake about it, Paintball Sports Promotions (PSP) runs the best national/international level paintball tournaments in the U.S., if not the world. The competition at PSP events is second to none, their webcasts are first class, their stat-keeping and reporting is everything you’d want out of a pro league and their events are run professionally. PSP puts on world class paintball tournaments and they do it consistently year after year. You knew there was a “but” coming, right?

Here’s the “but.” Too frequently something PSP-related inevitably leaks (purposefully or not) on a paintball forum or social media page that makes you shake your head. Why can’t the world’s largest and arguably best paintball league keep their negotiations, ideas and plans out of the media until they are ready to release it as official news?  All this does is create speculation, doubt, assumptions and negative will towards the PSP and its leadership.

This past week a rumor was leaked HERE that the PSP was only going to allow gear used by league sponsors in their 2015 events. In other words, if a paintball company did not pay a very hefty fee, players would not be allowed to use that company’s gear at PSP events. This created more than 2,000 posts on PbNation and thousands of speculative posts and comments on our Facebook page and other social media sites. A week of absolutely negative light shined on the league and the game itself as players–and paintball company representatives–weighed in on unofficial information about the PSP and this leaked information.

While players piled on in every way, creating degrading memes, threatening to boycott the league, and personally attacking members of the PSP, the league took seven days to respond.   Seven days.  What they did put on their own Facebook page was a PSP link promoting a tournament video from last year.  This is all their fans got—even after another 50 people literally begged them to respond to the rumors on their own Facebook page.

Okay, I get that you PSP may have been caught off guard by the leak (although I doubt that). Could you have at least posted on your own social media page, “We’ll have a response to the rumors in a few days” or something similar? The non-response reminded me of an “actual” response I got from Jerry Braun (in his PSP promotion days) after I criticized the Gettysburg tournament.  Jerry replied, “It doesn’t matter. We’re the only game in town and players have to play in our league.” In other words, “we’ll do whatever we want and nobody can do anything about it.” Saying nothing for seven days says a lot.

The game of paintball is in desperate need of leadership at every level. PSP, it’s time to lead with dignity. Nearly all of you at PSP were founding members of the NPPL, a league you started because the promoter at that time was doing exactly what you are doing at this time. You’re becoming everything you disliked about tournament paintball when you were members of the Ironmen, Bad Company and Team Image.

Lead with dignity, PSP. You do an amazing job five weeks out of the year. It’s time five becomes fifty two.