by Pat Brown
With the Paintball Sports Promotion World Cup in just a few weeks and the National Professional Paintball League Commander’s Cup coming a month later, tournament play is in full swing. Combined the two tournaments offer close to $200,000 in prizes and should draw over 50,000 fans. Here’s a closer look at the upcoming tournaments.
2007 PSP World Cup
Ocotober 24-27 will be the 2007 PSP World Cup, held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. Approximately 400 teams from across the world will be there competing on the 220 acre facility. Combined among the six divisions, there is over $100,000 in prizes. The six divisions in the tournament are NXL, Xball Open Division, Xball Division II, Xball Division III, 5-Man Xball Division III and 5-Man Xball Division IV.
Coupled with the tournament will be a tradeshow with over a hundred vendors showing off their latest products. Last year’s PSP World Cup brought in more than 35,000 spectators.
NPPL Commander’s Cup
November 30 through December 2 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. the National Professional Paintball League will hold the Commander’s Cup championship tournament. There will be five divisions of 7-player team play: professional, semi-professional and Division I, II and III. All together the prizes total $95,000.
Aside from the five divisions of 7-player team play, unfinished business from NPPL event #4 in Kansas City will be resolved. At event #4 in the professional division the Edmonton Impact and the Ironmen finished in a tie after battling through three games. By league rule each team was supposed to have selected three players for a best of three one-on-one series to decide a winner. The teams elected to end the tournament in a tie though. The move disappointed fans all over. Professional paintballer Greg Hastings, of Greg Hastings Tournament Paintball video game fame, said it was a missed opportunity and said, “[the NPPL] totally blew it.” To make up for the tie, the Edmonton Impact and Ironmen will settle the score prior to professional play at the Commander’s Cup.
Along with the Commander’s Cup will be a tradeshow. Registration for the event is now open. All entrants who register before October 22 receive $100 off the registration fee.
Shattered Images Beyond the Looking Glass
PB&J Productions will be hosting a scenario game October 27 & 28 at the California Paintball Park in Castaic, Calif. The game is titled “Shattered Images Beyond the Looking Glass.” Proceeds from the event will go to the Guide Dogs of America. Registration for the event is $75 and that includes air and food at the Friday night barbecue. Registration will stay open until 9 p.m. October 26. Participants can camp at the event free of charge as well.
The event will elapse over a 24 hour period with breaks for meals. Prize packages and details of the scenario have not been finalized. Check back with PaintBall.com
in the next few weeks for further updates on the event.
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