The last few years the paintball world has had brilliant coverage by many resources, including the webcast provider, Paintball Access.com. However, in an effort to reduce costs and keep the dream alive, Paintball Access has stated that the Sunday webcast will be Pay Per View. The associated cost for the full day comes to $10, however viewers who paid $15 for the HD stream for the full weekend are already covered.
On their Facebook Paintball Access stated:
REMINDER: In an effort to keep the Paintball Access webcast alive, and to assure the leaps forward we have made in the past two years are sustainable, the Sunday webcast will cost $10 to watch. If you already purchased the “HD Weekend” you do not need to pay again, as Sunday is already included in the package.
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Already many fans have expressed their anger toward the move, and in response Matty Marshall of Paintball Access posted this on PBnation.com:
Help us help the Sport
We have done all we can to make the webcast available to the fans for free, PBA and the biggest companies in the industry have come together in order to pitch in and provide top-notch content, and the best show in the business. For two years we were able to make this happen. But the combined might of the industry hasn’t been able to keep this level of broadcast completely available for free. In order to keep producing an internet broadcast of this scope and magnitude, in order to keep showcasing the best players and teams in world, we have to start charging for Sunday. To spell it out crystal clear for those who may not understand the reality of the situation, that may think we (PBA) are making money: WE ARE NOT. Quite the contrary.
But though we are asking for your financial support, consider this your chance to help progress the sport. Without money, nothing happens, nothing moves. Without enough support even the best things will come to end. If everyone who watched the webcast bought the HD feed, the sport would change for the better forever. You would get to see angles and insights, depth of story, you have never seen before. We provide around 30 hours of content over three days. All we are asking for is about the price of movie ticket. I’d say that’s pretty good bang for your buck.
Everyone has heard the saying, “You get what you pay for.” If the majority of the people watching pay nothing, then nothing is what you will eventually get. Or a severely decapitated broadcast, and a sport that has very little chance of continuing its trajectory forward towards mainstream acceptance. Great progress has been made: for the first time in over ten years all the best teams in the world are playing in one league, and you get to watch every move, learn from and be entertained by, the very best paintball has to offer. Paintball statistics exist now, and for the first time ever you can actually determine who the best players are concretely. You can use these stats to play fantasy paintball, pick your favorite players and follow them through their tournament performance throughout the season.
We have made great strides in the past two years, countless hours by many, many people have been worked, and there is much more to be done. That’s where you come in. Help us help the sport. Spread the word, fight the “I want everything in the world for free” trolls, send this message far and wide, and get others you know who believe in the same dream we do to contribute, so we can make this a sustainable reality. The only reason PBA exists is to bring you onto the field, in the pits, into the lives of the players who dedicate themselves to being the best and define the sport we all love so much. But the potency of paintball’s push into the world will only be a mighty as our collective strength. So let’s show everyone how strong we really are.
Social Paintball will continue to have the feed streaming from the Event Hub, and will also continue to provide regular score updates via social media, and the Hub.