Great conversation with Joe from Flag Raiders in ON, and Mike Pev Peverill. Not sure who the other fellow is but most likely David "Reaper" Justin who has a 3 hour radio show weekly. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/shootusoon I'm going to resurrect the Paintball Business Journal, which is an Industry publication for Paintball. I've completed my survey of 44 paintball fields in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. I hope to get all of Canada done before the PB-EX (up to 135 fields in Canada), and some of the USA. It takes 10-15 minutes per field to collect all the data. Name, website, type of online booking, waivers, types of play, fields, party targeted, Google Business listings, social media used, Insurance, good web design, (10 categories). It will give a very good insight on what fields are doing and what improvements they could make. There are some massive playing sites, and lots of family run ones too. Most are not the primary income, just like in the USA. I suspect that I will find 150-200 paintball fields in Canada. I've been told that there are 750 paintball fields in the USA. Pev said 1,000 but that is more of a guess. Since Canada has 10% of the population of the USA, if they have 750, we should have 75, but I think we will be higher, just because of distance to play. This list would help a Paintball Industry Association get started too, with good current stats.
This Weekend Greg Hastings did something Amazing, "Greg along with a small Team went to one of the Biggest video game Conventions in the World and Talked about PAINTBALL, over 20,000 of them. they stood on our feet for 3 days and handed out FREE PASSES to 5 Texas Paintball fields, and talked about playing paintball to every person who got a pass! They took pictures with our guns, they were Amazed how far the technology has come asking how my DAM worked, how Marc Sutherland T15 shot First Strikes, that David Justin pistols were cool, that Bea Youngs was a Professional and an Icon, the knowledge of Mike Pev Peverill about the industry, and watched Behind The Bunker being filmed LIVE on Location!
We talked about Massive games like CPX Sports - Living Legends and SuperGame 50, about real video game fields like NUKETOWN at Paintball Explosion, about doing chopper fly runs at Zero Hour: Insurrection, tHE iNSANITY THAT HAPPENS AT Decay of Nations and we saw their eyes light up! And then we said you could even try it on virtual reality here today before you go out and play! We gave away 20 Paintball markers provided by Ultimate Paintball to kids who played the app around a 360 camera, Paintballers drove for hours just to help, and cheer us on, one even flew up from Florida to help us hand out Passes!!! Hundreds said we made them want to play again, parents Loved the passes for Birthdays and to get their kids off the Couch, and with Over 20,000 flyers we gave out, Not A SINGLE ONE was left on the Floor!
Think about what that actually does to Really grow the sport, All of the NEW people interested in playing now... I would get into which Paintball Companies didn't do a thing to Help us, or people that mocked us, but that wouldn't help Anything, and I want to be positive! Just know that Greg's and James vision of what Paintball can do has restored my Faith into the Future of Paintball.
Peace, Blessings, and Ill see you in the Tall Grass
Goodbye from PAX.
Bea Youngs Mike Pev Peverill AlabasterSlim Wolf Critchlow Greg Hastings Todd Ancich Joe Kimpson Marie Longtin-Pitts AR Monarch James Thrush Anthony Bove David Kuznicki
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"PAX is the largest gaming convention in North America. I am fortunate enough (and grateful) to be part of an amazing team of elite professionals in promoting the sport of paintball to over 40k gamer fans. Twice each day we are broadcasting LIVE from San Antonio TX in our display booth high lighting paintball, fans, curious gamers, costumes and VIRTUAL REALITY from Greg Hastings gaming franchise. This video is from yesterday that I helped in creating content and running the floor camera with Joe. Tune in today at www.BehindTheBunker.com at both NOON & 4pm CENTRAL TIME to see today's craziness!"
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