Paintball is an action packed sport, played in paintball arenas made up of natural or artificial terrain, which players use for tactical cover. Players use Paintball guns (also known as Paintball markers) to fire capsules containing water soluble dye in a gelatine shell (paintballs) to eliminate opponents.
Paintballs are composed of a non-toxic, biodegradable, water soluble polymer. The game is regularly played at a sporting level with organized competition involving major tournaments, professional teams, and players.
Paintball venues have multiple playing fields, usually set in woodland areas for customers to battle against each other while trying to accomplish different tasks and objectives. A single Paintball game normally lasts 10 - 15 minutes, and players will usually play 5 -6 games on a half day, and 10 - 12 games on a full day.
Game types in paintball vary, but can include capture the flag, elimination, defending or attacking a particular point or area, or capturing objects of interest hidden in the playing area.
There are 3 pieces of equipment that all Paintball players will use. The Paintball Marker, Paintballs, and a Mask or Goggles.