The launch of the world’s first orbital paintball tournament is just weeks away and it’s bringing the once-a-year event to a new level.
The inaugural event will be held on February 12 in Perth, Western Australia, with the event taking place on the state’s outer fringe of the country, in the heart of the state capital Perth, the organisers have said.
“We’re excited to bring the most popular event of the year to Perth, and we can’t wait for the new fans to come to the park and get a taste of paintballs in their backyard,” paintball league chief executive and Perth Paintball League board member Scott O’Connor said.
O’Connor added the event was also a chance for the industry to showcase its newest products, which have been developed by industry veterans and seasoned pros alike.
“It’s a chance to showcase the newest innovations in paintball and our latest innovations are in line with the needs of our members,” he said.
A year ago, the WA paintball community was left stunned and disappointed when they heard that WA had not yet been granted the WA state’s approval to operate a paintball event in WA.
The WA Paintball Association said the decision to deny the WA event was a “massive blow to the WA industry” and that they were hoping to appeal to the Federal Government, which would then be in a better position to grant WA’s permit to host the event.
The state’s paint ball league is the first to officially hold the event and organisers say that it will be the largest event of its kind in WA, and the first one in Australia.
The organisers said that they had a huge response from WA residents, and that the event would be attended by more than 10,000 people.
O’,Connor said that the WA Paintballs Association would continue to host regular tournaments and competitions in Perth and WA’s southern coastal areas, and would also be working closely with WA Police to support paintball operations.
“This will be an event where people come and play paintball for free, and there’s a great opportunity for WA businesses and individuals to bring their unique brand of art to WA,” he added.
The event will take place at the Perth Paintballs Ballpark, located at 9300 Perth Highway in Perth’s inner north, with a capacity of 150 spectators.
The first event in Perth will take the form of a single-game paintball series with a prize pool of up to $1,000, with another $100,000 up for grabs.
There will also be an opportunity for fans to compete for a prize of up $25,000 and win a trip to the state of Queensland.
The tournament will run from February 12 to March 9.