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PSP Announces Event #4 – West Coast Open

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PSP filled in the last gap of their 2013 event schedule today when they announced Event #4′s locale is set for SoCal. Read on for the full press release (if that’s your type of thing). This should be a highly hyped and attended event, with a good mix of Southern California’s regional talent and flavor added into the fray. Who’s amped?..

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PSP Hits the West Coast Aug 16 – 18!

Written by Featured, News Apr 12, 2013

PSP West Coast Open

Ab Brown Sports Complex

3700 Placentia Ave., Riverside, California

Trade Show Days: August 15, 16, 17, and 18, 2013

Game Days: August 16, 17 and 18, 2013

For the first time since 2007, PSP Events is bringing their Professional Paintball Circuit to Southern California.  West Coast paintball players and enthusiasts have long been waiting for the league to return to the Golden State and their wish is finally coming true this August.  The 2013 PSP West Coast Open will be held August 16, 17 and 18 on the lush, green soccer fields of the Ab Brown Sports Complex in Riverside, California.  The West Coast Open will be the 4th stop of the league’s 5-event circuit, held just before the world’s most popular and influential paintball event – the PSP World Cup.

Many of the league’s top players of old and new are based out of the West Coast, which has long been a breeding ground for some of the most skilled competitors in the game.  Dynasty – PSP Dallas Champs – hail from up and down the coast of California as do Ironmen, Infamous, DMG, Royalty, XSV and countless other of the world’s top professional paintball players.

The younger generation of ballers on the West Coast has grown up practicing at the same fields as these teams, but many have not yet had the opportunity to compete among them on the national circuit.  This is their chance to see how well they rank among the top teams not just from California, but also from all over the world.

PSP events consistently sell out with over 150 teams competing on 7 fields in front of over a thousand fans, while the rest of the paintball world watches through the eyes of the PaintballAccess.com webcast.  Over 20 companies within the industry travel to each PSP event as a part of the Trade Show.   The Riverside Sports Commission, City of Riverside and local businesses are prepared for the massive wave of international attention that is about to be bestowed upon their city.  Hotel blocks with discounted rates have already been set up just a few minutes from the venue in the city’s historic downtown.

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Millennium Mediterranean Cup Webcast/Scores/Coverage

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Millennium’s first day of competition is complete. Did you catch the action on the livestream? We’ve got a one-stop-spot for all the resources you need to follow the Mediterranean Cup in Puget-Sur-Argens, France. Bon appetit!

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http://new.livestream.com/accounts/1614555/paintball

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http://www.pblivescores.com/?action=tournament_scoreboards&tournament_id=218

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Our partners in crime, Hybrid Foto, are out in full effect covering all the CPL games! Keep an eye on our site and Facebook for exclusive galleries from France.

 

Who do you think takes each Group in the CPL division? Does the competition get any better than Group C? How will the new U.S. squads fare on day 2? Sound off.

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CFPS 2013 Event #2 Photo Gallery and Wrap-up

Central Florida Paintball Series (CFPS) second event of the season brought out 77 teams across four divisions of play. Five fields were setup on Sunday to accommodate the high attendance, with the staff working in overdrive to maintain smooth operations. Vendors onsite included Dye (with Damage’s Alex Spence working the gun tech booth), EXALT, YourGat.com, and RuthlessPB. Play during the semis and finals was intense, with all but one match coming down to the wire. Total Karnage posted the most impressive showing from any “multi-entrant” organization. Their D4 squad took 1st place for the second event in a row, and their D3 team bested previous event champions RNT in a dramatic finals match to take top honors. Palm Beach Viper Kids took the top of the podium in D5, and GLHF swept in the D6 finals. Read on for more results and a photo gallery from Florida’s finest, MIKE DEEP.

 

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Division 3 RaceTo-3

  1. Total Karnage BLK
  2. RNT ALLSTARZ KIDZ
  3. Dirty Old Snakes
  4. Papa Squat

Division 4 RaceTo-3

  1. Total Karnage PBW
  2. RNT KIDS
  3. ULTRA
  4. Papa Squat Brown

Division 5 RaceTo-2 (5-man)

  1. Palm Beach Viper Kids
  2. D.N.R.
  3. Action Paintball Factory
  4. Total Karnage Kids

Division 6 RaceTo-2 (3-man)

  1. GLHF
  2. Outrageous Kids
  3. Banjo Bandits
  4. Revolution Green

 

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3D Virtual Field Walk App for Millennium Series

The developers of XField Paintball, the first 3D paintball video game for your mobile device, are offering a free web-browser based app allowing you to digitally walk the layouts for this year’s Millennium Series. This service is available for use now to test and analyze all of the angles, looks, and lanes for the Millennium Mediterranean Cup (Puget Sur Argens, France, April 12-14th). Read on for a full look into the program..

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Here are a couple PR blurbs from PCB Games about their app:

It allows competitors, but also all paintball fans, to evolve in a 3D immersive world with sufficient
accuracy to test and evaluate their match strategies: Calculation of firing angles, positioning modules,
2D/3D views..

It is also possible to adjust the height of the camera view within an accuracy of a centimeter. This has been
possible thanks to the partnership with Sup’Air Ball, the company equipping all official competition paintball
fields.

The application is usable in a web browser, only the installation of a small plug-in is required. Users must download a small 3D data scene (about 25 MB).

There are different ways to approach each module: standing, crouching or crawling, height and angles
for shooting automatically adapt.

 

The application is AVAILABLE NOW for PC and MAC, with iPad and Android versions set for release in the upcoming days: http://walk.xfield-paintball.com/millennium/puget2013/

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WCPPL Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary- 5 Questions With Mike Hinman

WCPPL Event #1 went down last weekend at Camp Pendleton Paintball Park in sunny SoCal.  We posted up an article yesterday with the results and a sample gallery from Stretch at 1904 Photography. To keep the hype up on celebrating the WCPPL’s 5th season, PROpaintball.com has 5 questions for league owner Mike Hinman.

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PROpb: Let’s talk about the creation of the league five long years ago. What factors were in play that drove you to create the West Coast Paintball Players League? What was it about the SoCal local paintball scene that inspired you to develop a regional tournament series and how did you maintain the drive to follow through with your vision?

Hinman: Well, five years ago the West Coast lost its national tournament presence when the NPPL folded, and its regional when the XPSL went under. At that point I thought I could do a better job than they were doing anyway–so I put my money where my mouth was. I have always had the drive to build a competitive regional league in Southern California due to the fact that’s where I’m from. I believe there are a lot of great young players that simply need a chance. So, we set fourth and built a league that has produced a decent amount of pro players.

PROpb: What has been the most rewarding thing about running the WCPPL? What has been the most trying?

Hinman: It’s always rewarding to see teams that deserve to win, win. I was saying this week to some of the guys that work for me that it’s like being a fan of any sport, but you get to run your own league, and you get front row seats to every game. It’s great. As for the trying times, it’s tough to see a team get a tough call and feel like they have been screwed intentionally. As a player that’s a horrible feeling. However, I’ve also come to the conclusion that you can’t make all the people happy all the time–but I will always try.

PROpb: The level of player talent in the WCPPL has always been high. A trend has developed where standout local players come up through the league then get cherry-picked by D1 and Pro PSP and NPPL teams. What do you think of this phenomenon? Any names come to mind you’d like to shoutout?

Hinman: It’s cool to see guys get their shot, and also teams. Royalty won our overall Open RaceTo-X series last season, and now they’ve been invited into the PSP’s Challengers division. I’m happy for them and I’m interested to see what they make of their opportunity. As for individual players, Mike Mesa made a name for himself during WCPPL’s first season and Aftermath picked him up. I said last season multiple times that Blake Yarborough was the most polished player in the “Open” class and now he’s on Dynasty. So ya, it’s cool to think that I have helped some people get to the door of the professional division. They have capitalized on that opportunity and walked through the door themselves.

PROpb: Any improvements or new perks you debuted at Event #1? Anything you’d like to tease about Event #2 at Vegas Xtreme Paintball Park?

Hinman: As for perks, we are still giving away more money than any other regional league–but it’s business as usual for us. We set the bar high when we built this league so it’s tough to top what we’ve done. We are in the process of finalizing some sponsorship deals that will allow us to give away 8k for our “Open” division at our final event this season in Vegas. We would like to turn it into our showcase event every year.

PROpb: Where do you see the league in another five years? How do you see it growing in relation to the sport as a whole? This would be the place to hit us with any final thoughts too.

Hinman: All I can hope for is that we have grown and are still in business. When it comes to leagues, what you did yesterday doesn’t mean much; it’s what your going to do tomorrow that matters. I’ve seen a lot of leagues come and go in my 16 years with this sport, and it seems like the leagues that become complacent and stop listening to the players are the ones destined for failure. I have to hope we have a resurgence in this sport, and maybe this time around we do it better than the last time. Paintball is still fun and will always be fun. As long as we keep that in mind we should have a bright future ahead. I would like to say thank you to EVERY player that has played in our league. I often get players thanking me at the events for all that I do. I’m really flattered, and to be honest I’m just as thankful that they have chosen to support what I’ve done. So again, thank you!

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Big thank you from PROpaintball.com, Mike. I think everyone can agree you’re a selfless dude and an invaluable asset to the sport of paintball.

We’ve got an article here with all the 2013 WCPPL season information. TO NOTE: REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR EVENT #2 THROUGH THE APPA SYSTEM.

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WCPPL Event #1 Sample Gallery and Results

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Open RaceTo-X

  1. FAST FIVE
  2. Los Angeles Collision
  3. PaintballGateway.com
  4. Golden State Knights

Division 3 RaceTo-4

  1. Nor Cal Fuzion 707
  2. IE Unseen
  3. So Cal G.R.I.N.D.
  4. Mercenary

Division 4 RaceTo-3

  1. Capital Edge DMG Brown
  2. GnarKill Black
  3. Addix Paintball Black
  4. GOGO13

FULL SCORES CAN BE FOUND HERE

Tomorrow morning PROpaintball.com will feature an interview with WCPPL owner, Mike Hinman. Not to be missed. TO NOTE: REGISTRATION FOR EVENT #2 IS NOW OPEN THROUGH THE APPA SYSTEM

(Sample Gallery from Phillip “Stretch” Baker at 1904 Photography)

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GI Houston Heat and Art Chaos Release Millennium Rosters

Today is the deadline for Millennium Puget-Sur-Argens roster submissions. We’ve got the scoop on the two perennial front runners in the CPL division.

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Bouchez, Chad
Dizon, Ronnie
George, Chad
Greenspan, Ryan
Hamil, Tokahe
Monville, Samuel
Slowiak, Nick
Smith, Ryan
Woodley, Jon

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Berdnikov, Alexander
Fedorov, Konstantin
Knyazev, Mikhail
Preobrazhenskiy , Maxim
Sardarov, Sardar
Spicka, Kyle
Vasily, Panteleev
Zakharov, Evgeny

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Should be interesting to see Fedorov compete against his teammates on HEAT. Who will be able to challenge these two squads this season with Dynasty out of the picture? Will Impact and Infamous pick up the slack? Can the TonTons carry the momentum they built at PSP Dallas?

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Rumor: PSP and NPPL Settle Differences, Plan For Merger

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In a bizarre turn of events, it’s rumored that the higher-ups of both the PSP and the NPPL have settled on mutually agreeable terms that will result in a mid-season merger! Earlier today representatives of each league took part in a video conference (complete with all the typical scents of morning business meetings thanks to Google Nose BETA, i.e., coffee breath, stale gas, powdered eggs, excessive perfume) and landed on a few necessary changes to play that satisfied both parties.

We’ve got wind of a few of them:

  • League name will be the N.P.A.D.T.G.T.S.T.T.X. (National Paintball Association Dedicated To Getting The Sport To The X-Games)
  • 10-man and woodsball will be the only offered formats (all players must complete in both)
  • Gillie Suits are the only approved on-field attire
  • All divisions (d5-Pro) will be merged into one unified bracket called “Pro-Am”, and who you play will be determined completely at random by APPA software
  • All guns must run original NXL software (15bps ramping full-auto), though “cheater” boards are not completely discouraged (see below for exception to this rule)
  • Any player with a current ranking of Pro must complete with a JT SplatMaster indefinitely
  • The PaintballAccess webcast anchor booth, with Matty, T-Money, and Lasoya, will now be located on-field at the 50 as a playable bunker (best way to amp up the energy of the broadcast)
  • Sup’Air has agreed to produce visually-detailed bunkers to match the literal descriptions of commonly used on-field “call-signs” (Cali, Obama, Snake, Car Wash, Tombstone, Command Center, Money)
  • A dynamic-meteorological-technology-system will be utilized to schedule events, continually predicting and pinpointing the worst weather in the country and rescheduling tournament stops (up to the day before) to that location (if adverse weather cannot be located, the event will be canceled morning of [refunds for entry will not be delivered])

This is all we could get leaked.. As we know more, so will you.

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Discussion: Challengers Division Promotion

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This week the PSP gave T1 Top Gun Union, Texas Storm, New Jersey Jesters, and Sacramento DMG the golden ticket to the Challengers Division of Pro. It’s a hot topic of discussion, and for good reason. Who will be able to hang? Who won’t? How will this affect the podium picture for Division 1? What kind of an effect will the promotion have on the chosen teams’ rosters? Plenty to talk about.. LET’S GET AT IT!

 

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Texas Storm

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New Jersey Jesters

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Sacramento DMG

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So what’re you thinkin’ about? Spill it out in the comment section (look down) and see what everyone thinks..

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HyBrid Foto Partners with PROpaintball.com: Full European Coverage in 2013

PROpaintball.com has our sights set overseas.. We’re going international in 2013!
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HyBrid Foto (Sweden) is a veteran media presence in European paintball, with over a decade of on-field experience spent behind the lens. Perusing their portfolio takes you on a digital “Euro-trip” to every corner of the continent where paintball can be found. Their expansive library of photos and videos reflects owner Ami Helge’s passion for the game, and her commitment to grow the sport by cooperatively partnering with teams and companies who share that goal. Let’s hear from her on what’s ahead for HyBrid Foto and PROpaintball.com:

“This season is going to be amazing for us.  We are very excited to be partnering up with PROpaintball.com to share European paintball action with the rest of the paintball world. We are finishing up our project with Konstantin Fedorov very soon (its been a 1.5yr process). Of course, HyBrid Foto will be at all the Millennium events as well as the Champions Paintball Series.  We’ll be heading back to Russia for a few events of the Golden Ring series as well as Moscow’s Big Paintball Maneuvers–one of the world’s largest big-game scenario events.  Other stops in the works will be announced through PROpaintball.com, our Facebook, our Website, and Paintball X3 Euro. In addition to all the event coverage, we are the media and PR source for Art Chaos Moscow, and plan on expanding our list of ‘factory covered’ teams for 2013.

For the past 14 years I have done nothing but live and breathe paintball. Now, through working with companies and cooperative partners, WE are making a significant difference in paintball by fueling its growth one photo and video at a time. I am very excited to be working with PROpaintball.com, as well as our cooperative media photographers around the world (Helen Grose, Michael Mohr, and Dillard Stephens + more to come this season).  All of our video media will be featured on both PROpaintball.com’s own YouTube channel, as well as HyBrid Foto’s (check it out here to get a feel for what’s ahead).”
For all teams interested in media coverage through HyBrid Foto/PROpaintball.com..
Email: Ami@hybrid-foto.com, Pat@PROpaintball.com
PROpaintball.com will be showcasing some of HyBrid Foto’s Millennium/CPS videos this weekend.. Here’s a sample gallery of their top-notch photography to get you by: