Originally Posted by BodyCount81
So how is paintball doing as a sport? Growing? Is it on the decline?
I'm sure it's still expensive as all get out.
As the economy improves, it seems like the paintball companies (rich and not as rich) are slowly making their ways back up.
DYE Precision never really
ate **** just from paintball slightly crashing alone. Their CNC department EASILY makes enough money to fund everything. DYE's CNC department makes parts for military vehicles, aero space programs, and even movie props.
Other companies such as Raza, Animal, and others don't just make paintball equipment, so they stayed afloat by selling other products that they offer. (Not quite as powerful as DYE though...)
For another, I know that Valken is into racing and they sell items associated with that.
But yeah, paintball is kind of coming back. The one problem that seems to still be plaguing the market, is that the popular "high-end" markers are still over/or just under ~$1k. (EGO's, Luxes, DM's, Machine Vapors, etc.)
In a lot of people's opinions, the Empire Axe was supposed to be the one to close the rift between the lower/mid-end priced markers and the high-end markers. Like most markers in all price-ranges, they all have their faults/problems. I've heard that for some reason, Olive colored Axe's from the factory had problems that other colors didn't have, which is kind of strange lol.
Sure, pro-teams use the Axe but it seems to be one of the most unreliable markers in tournaments. (Breaks down, board problems.)
I forgot what else I wanted to say
tl;dr - Paintball is slowly coming back.