TIPPMANN CHALLENGE SERIES EXPANDS AROUND THE GLOBE

04/01/2010

Popular paintball tournaments to feature product demos, promotional giveaways and free tech courses

FORT WAYNE, IN (March 31, 2010) – Tippmann Sports is excited to be expanding its popular Tippmann Challenge Series for 2010. As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to supporting paintball players and fields around the globe, Tippmann is hosting eight Tippmann Challenge events in six countries this year, and hopes to expand the program into even more countries soon. These events promise to deliver a festival-like atmosphere where players can enjoy paintball, try the latest and greatest equipment at no cost, and also participate in free tech courses to learn how to maintain their Tippmann markers. For additional details, players are encouraged to visit www.tippmann.com, and then click into the recently updated “Fields and Events” section.

“In addition to being very fun and cost effective events for players worldwide, our Tippmann Challenge Series is also a great way to build awareness and generate excitement for the host fields,” said Ron Goldblatt, director of marketing for Tippmann Sports. “We’re going to be promoting each event heavily on the Web, which includes tippmann.com as well as our rapidly expanding social media network. We currently have more than 50,000 Facebook fans that will be able to watch videos from the Tippmann Challenges and also share comments and feedback with other players from around the globe.”

Brent Cunningham, director of international sales at Tippmann Sports, remarked “Players are the big winners at these events. Not only do they get to play excellent venues, but they also get to participate in several side events, such as pistol, pump and laser challenges. This year, players can even take an X7 Phenom out for a spin. Plus, at most Tippmann Challenge events, players will be able sit in on a free tech class that takes them through some basics about how to properly maintain their Tippmann marker.”

Tippmann Challenge events already planned for 2010 include the following: 
• Canada – August 13 & 14; Mirabel Paintball, Mirabel, Quebec 
• Canada – October 10; Tsawwassen Paintball Games, Tsawwassen, British Columbia 
• Mexico – November 13 & 14; Location TBA 
• South Africa – April 25; Bloekem Bos, Malmesbury (near Cape Town) 
• United Kingdom – August 29 & 30; Holmbush Paintball, Sussex, England
• United States – May 2; Splatter Park, Mt. Gilead, Ohio
• United States – September 25 & 26; Hell Survivors, Pinckney, Michigan

The first Tippmann World Challenge was held at (and continues to run at) Hell Survivors in Pinckney, Michigan. During this event, owners of Tippmann markers are pitted against owners of all other markers. To be on the “Tippmann” team, a player must be using a Tippmann marker. All other markers are assigned to the “World” team. The first international Tippmann Challenge took place at Mirabel Paintball near Montreal in August of 2006.  This event has since grown and, this year, more than 1,200 players are expected at the fifth annual Tippmann Challenge Mirabel.

Of course, the events within the Tippmann Challenge Series are just part of the more than 100 total events Tippmann will be sponsoring around the world this year. The company will also be well represented at more than 20 events in the United States in 2010 with its 40-foot trailer, which is always stocked full of Tippmann product as well as helpful and friendly advice for players at every level.

About Tippmann: 
For more than 20 years, Tippmann Sports has been dedicated to quality manufacturing and the pursuit of cutting-edge technology and design. The company serves the paintball industry from its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Tippmann Sports’ complete line of paintball markers and related accessories can be found at paintball stores and fields as well as mass retail and sporting goods outlets throughout the world.

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