Valken Shut Out of PSP Events?
The paintball industry has been buzzing the last day or so over the rumor that Valken, makers of a wide range of paintball products, had their request to exhibit a booth and/or sell paintballs to the players at PSP denied by the league. Allegations, neither or which were made by Valken or PSP representatives, ranged from the PSP flat out refusing to do business with Valken to the paint supplier potentially being charged more than other paint vendors.
Not wanting the negative fire to spread any further, Lane Wright, the COO of the PSP, got on the phone with Paintball.com content partner ProPaintball.com to straighten things out. Here are a few items he mentioned:
- In addition to being an exhibitor, Valken and DYE Precision both
expressed interest in being a paintball sponsor of the PSP for the 2012
- After a period of review, both requests to be a paintball sponsor
were denied. According to Lane, this decision was reached with the
intent of preventing a race to the bottom (see below).
- Both Valken & DYE Precision are invited to exhibit their
products at events – just as they have done in the past. However, they
can’t sell paint.
- Lane mentioned that the PSP tried having several paintball vendors
at events. However, in their experience, too many paint vendors selling
inventory to a limited audience created a lose-lose for everyone. It
created a race to the bottom environment that depressed prices in the
short term and created a situation where the paintball manufactures lose
interest and question their investments in competitive paintball.
to see the full story on ProPaintball.com.