Tippmann Sports, a manufacturer of high-performance paintball marker

BUFFALO GROVE, IL - February 16, 2007 - Tippmann Sports, a manufacturer of high-performance paintball markers and related accessories, is now the presenting sponsor of the two-year old online community called The Brigade. The Brigade, created and powered by Special Ops Paintball, is designed to increase paintball participation by bringing dedicated players together online. Through The Brigade, members can talk paintball with other players, organize games utilizing the Game Locator, create their own Web page and even earn points that can be redeemed for rewards.

"Sponsoring The Brigade is an important part of our ongoing effort to increase participation by bringing players together," said Patrick Ehren, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Tippmann Sports. "As paintball continues to grow, more and more players are reaching out to one another online and they're hungry for the latest information and intelligence from other players as well as the leading resources in the game. And, that's exactly what The Brigade delivers. With The Brigade, Special Ops has created a tremendous vehicle with more than 100,000 members. And, Tippmann's participation will help expose the program to millions of additional players and fuel The Brigade's continued growth."

Upon joining The Brigade, a player is assigned the rank of Private. Then, based on the amount of points the individual accumulates, he or she moves up in rank - anywhere from Private to Commanding General. Points are earned by playing paintball, logging gear and by purchasing Tippmann and Tippmann co-branded Special Ops products. The more points a player earns, the higher they will climb in rank. And, with a higher rank comes the ability to secure more free stuff, such as paintball gear, t-shirts, DVDs and more. Additional benefits for The Brigade members include product discounts that can be redeemed at authorized Tippmann dealers, free play passes to big tournaments, day passes to fields across the country, magazine subscriptions and the inside scoop on new Tippmann and Tippmann co-branded Special Ops products.

Promotional inserts with varying levels of points will be packaged in all Tippmann marker mods and other specially marked Tippmann products. To claim these points, a player just visits The Brigade online at tippmann.com/brigade and then enters a redemption code, which will be clearly marked on each product insert.

"Sponsoring The Brigade is going to provide our dealers with an exciting rewards program. Now, every one of our dealers will benefit from the sale of Tippmann products because the paintball player will earn valuable points that can be redeemed back at their favorite store. And, it will drive traffic to paintball fields too," said Kevin Sheehan, Director of Sales for Tippmann Sports.

In addition to redeeming points for great rewards, players will join The Brigade to become part of what is expected to be the most active online paintball community in the world. When joining The Brigade, a player will be given the ability to create a personalized Web page where they can post photos, log their gameplay, list their favorite gear, communicate with other players and access the Game Locator. The Game Locator makes it easy for members to organize a paintball outing and automatically notifies other members of The Brigade when a game is planned within 100 miles of their zip code.

"The Brigade has revolutionized the way paintball players communicate with each other and has enhanced their enjoyment of the game," Ehren said. "Our vision for sponsoring The Brigade is to quickly grow membership to more than 500,000, have it become the ultimate paintball community and play an important role in bringing players, fields, manufacturers and retailers together to expand the game and help ensure its long-term success."

Players can join The Brigade for free by simply visiting www.tippmann.com/brigade and then following the on-screen instructions. For additional details regarding Tippmann Sports or The Brigade, please call the company at 1-800-533-4831 or visit www.tippmann.com. For additional details regarding Special Ops Paintball, please call 1-866-396-6006 or visitwww.specialopspaintball.com.

Tippman Sports is dedicated to quality manufacturing and the pursuit of cutting-edge technology and design. The company serves the growing paintball and Airsoft industries from its corporate headquarters 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 retailers and sporting goods outlets throughout the world.

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