Originally Posted by Pump Scout
There's a trophy/medal that goes with that, too. However, the cash prize isn't anything huge for what goes into it. Let's pick a number out of the air, say, $20000. Sounds like a lot, until you figure that money has to be split between probably 10 players. That's $2000 for an event win... which might cover one month of modest living in an area that doesn't have a high cost of living.
Which isnt even including what it cost them to enter the event, transportation to get to the even whether it be driving or plane, and lodging/food expense for that weekend.
Serious paintball players compete because they love too, not because of the prize... they still have full time jobs, and if they happen to win the prize, thats just locking them into the next tournament's costs.