Tom Cole Steps Down From PSP

tom_ColeFrom Tom Cole: It is with sincere regret that I would like to announce that I will be stepping down as General Manager of the PSP. I feel it is in my best interest to focus more of my time on advancing the UWL and building on the tremendous growth it has had over the past few years. I would like to thank the PSP Staff for the past three years of service. I have had some great experiences and built some lifelong friendships.

My goal has always been to bring to all of you the most amazing events possible, and I believe this change will allow myself the continued opportunity to do that. The paintball landscape is constantly evolving and it is not always in the fashion that we wish. I have nothing but respect for all the people that make the PSP happen. I wish them all the best of luck in the future, and hope that we can all work together to continue to help the sport of paintball grow in a positive manner. I am looking forward to what the future holds.

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

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.

Watch the trailer: http://bloody-disgusting.com/videos/3328121/zombie-killers-elephants-graveyard-trailer-hunted-exclusive/

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2015 PSP Schedule – Official Release!

The 2015 Schedule:

pspscheduleLocated just 30 minutes from the airport and downtown Nashville, whether you’re driving in or flying, there’s going to be plenty to do at the second PSP paintball event of the 2015 season.  Nashville has been on our list of hopeful destinations for many years, both for it’s location and it’s culture.  We’ll be competing on pristine soccer fields of grass at a beautiful recreational park this May, an opportunity the PSP staff just couldn’t pass up!

You may have also noticed that Chicago is now the fourth event, while MAO has taken the mid-season spot.  I’m sure we don’t have to remind you about the luck we’ve had with June Chicago weather in years past, so for 2015 we’re bringing our fastest growing event, the Mid Atlantic Open in Chesapeake City Maryland, to take over as our summer tournament venue.

 Hotel deals, flight discounts, entry fees, prizes and many more details regarding the 2015 season will be released in the days ahead.

 Be sure to follow us on instagram @PSPEvents to receive the latest news as it comes out!

Is it March yet?

Event #1
PSP Dallas Open
March 13 – 15, 2015
Cousins Paintball, 8975 FM 740, Forney, TX 75126

Event #2 – NEW VENUE
PSP Nashville

May 1 – 3, 2015
Sharp Springs Natural Area, 1000 Espey Drive, Smyrna, TN 37167

Event #3
PSP Mid Atlantic Open

June 18 – 21, 2015
OXCC, 2941 Old Telegraph Rd, Chesapeake City, MD 21915

Event #4
PSP Chicago Open

August 7 – 9, 2015
CPX Sports Park, 2903 Schweitzer Rd, Joliet, IL 60436

Event #5
PSP World Cup
October 15 – 18, 2015
Fantasy of Flight, 1400 Broadway Blvd SE, Polk City, FL 33868

Fulda Gap 2015 Generals Announced

fuldagap2010logoThe Generals for Fulda Gap Scenario 2015 have been announced in record time. Eric Engler, of Engler Custom Paintball Guns will be back from his victory at FG14 to lead the smurfs once more into battle. Josh ‘Joker’ Justice of ODX fame will be his XO. The Warsaw Pact will make history by following the first ever female General into battle to bring glory to The Motherland. Violet ‘Domina’ McLellan of WCP Canadian Corps will take the helm of the 8th Guards Soviet Army. Her XO will be none other than The Werewolf.

Justin Rabackoff’s Paintball University

paintbalUPaintball University is a subscription based online classroom built around the key fundamentals of paintball, in-depth drills, and field breakdowns. This site was created to help support the growth of paintball and enhance players around the world. Our vision is simple: Paintball University aims to help you become an all-around better player through film and photography which concentrates on the many important aspects of paintball, taught by Justin Rabackoff. Our goal is to bring paintball to the next level by allowing users to observe paintball at its highest level, adapt to the ever changing field layouts and player styles, and ultimately achieve a superior level of paintball IQ.
Observe. Adapt. Achieve

http://thepaintballuniversity.com/

No XSV in 2015

XSV 4091029233 pppFrom XSV Captain Rich Telford: “XSV has always been extremely lucky to have the longtime supporters, fans, staff and family we have and we could never express how much we appreciate them. They have stuck with us through thick and thin from the very beginning, we couldn’t have asked for better loyalty.

Two things that have always been consistent with XSV are heart and drive along with the desire to win and be the best team in the world. It’s no secret that the last two seasons have been very challenging and quite a struggle for us as a team. At the end of the 2014 season, we were notified that our support would no longer continue. We have been working through the situation that has been presented to us and sorting out various options.

We have come to the conclusion that without the support we have had in the past, we cannot compete at our level. So, we have come to the very difficult decision that XSV will not be competing in the 2015 season. We will continue to look for new opportunities to get us back on the field as soon as possible. We will also continue to regroup as a team and look to the future and what it holds for XSV. Again, we appreciate each and every one of you that have continued to supported us.

Rich Telford and the entire XSV family”

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