PbNation started in Febuary of 2001 when Tony Reiker and his friends decided to open a paintball oriented discussion board. Fast forward to ten years later, Tony’s hobby enabled him and his friends to live the paintball dream, living and working in the game he loved. Without further adu, here are a few words from Kyle@PBnation;
It’s been 10 years now since PbNation was started by a couple of high school kids who all shared a passion for Paintball. I wasn’t one of those kids, but I got involved shortly after the site started and they realized they were in over their head, and had created something truly special.
At one point, PbNation was run off of a desktop PC on a DSL connection in Ohio. I remember when we realized we’d outgrown our hardware and needed to upgrade to more powerful servers on a real pipe so we did the only thing we could think of: We took the site down, put that server in a box, and Fedex’d it across the country so I could put it into our first datacenter.
Since that point, we’ve moved the site a number of times to where it resides now, on a cluster of servers hundreds of times more powerful than what we started out on.
By the end of our first year, we had around 10,000 users. Fast forward 10 years and we’ve got half a million, with millions of people visiting the site each year.
I’ve been running this site for a decade now, and I have to say that I love it just as much now as I did when I started out. There’s been a lot of late nights and headaches keeping it up and running, but because of it I’ve met countless amazing friends and had a lot of laughs.
To commemorate our 10 year anniversary, we’ve created a special badge for those of you who have been here since the start. Users who registered in 2001 who have been active this year will find that they’ve received a very special 10 year badge, as well as a little something extra as a thank you from the staff here at PbNation: We’ve added two Gold Ups to your accounts. If you are an Annual Supporting Member, you can use them or sell them right away. If you ever decide to join ASM, they will be sitting waiting for you in addition to the two you get for signing up.