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Paintball Turns 30 Today. Happy Birthday Paintball!!

It’s hard to believe that paintball, which is still currently the fastest growing sport in the world today, has only been around for thirty years. According to paintball legend, the world’s very first paintball game happened on June 27th 1981.

It’s hard to believe that paintball, which is still currently the fastest growing sport in the world today, has only been around for thirty years. According to paintball legend, the world’s very first paintball game happened on June 27th 1981. Twelve friends got together and played the worlds first game of paintball using industrial paintball markers made by the Nelson Paint Company, normally used for marking trees or cattle, and played a total elimination game without even using any masks or safety equipment!

Masks quickly became a requirement for the game, which was originally titled ‘The National Survival Game’, and different game variations began to form, ‘Capture the Flag’ becoming one of the favourites. As the number of people interested in the game increased, the sport developed and the very first outdoor commercial paintball centre opened in 1982. Paintball quickly spread to every corner of the world and in thirty short years, paintball has grown into the extremely popular sport and pastime we all know and love.

Happy 30th birthday to the great sport of paintball, here’s to at least 30 more!

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