Paintballing masters compete in England as art of the Campaign Cup - which has come a long way from its humble origins. Matt Gooderick reports
It's the oldest paintball tournament in the world, so it's no surprise that these competitors are taking it very seriously. This is the Campaign Cup - and it's come a long, long way from its origins when 12 teams fought it out in leafy England decades ago. Today, the Cup is the UK leg of a grand prix series of events known as the Millennium European Paintball Series. They take place throughout four major European cities. Competitors - from varying leagues - travel from across the globe to take part. This year 141 teams competed - representing 42 nations. And although the game might look violent, players are quick to disagree. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RYAN MOORHEAD - US SEMI PRO PLAYER FOR 5 STAR LLEIDA, SAYING: "People think we're out there and it's like a simulation war game or something like that. It isn't anything like that. It's more of an extreme action sport. Our paper markers, they do shoot projectiles but they're gelatine projectiles with paint inside. No one's getting hurt. They're shooting 300 feet per second and they break on impact, you might get a small, little bruise but, I mean, that's as far as the comparison goes." This event, held in the south of England, marked the final of the CPL league - which represents the best players in the discipline. Canadian 'Edmonton Impact' were the victors - and the series moves onto Paris in September... where the European winner will be decided.