15 of December, 20082009 Gun & Product Clarification
The Millennium Series has a fine line to walk between the needs of the sponsors
and those of the players in order to raise the necessary funding to produce a
series of high level professional events at as reasonable a cost to the player
as possible. At the same time The Millennium makes massive efforts behind the
scenes trying to raise the profile of the series and teams in order to attract
funding for all from new outside industry sources. The results of this work will
now hopefully start bearing fruit during the course of 2009 with benefits for
The primary goal of The Millennium Series has been to market the sport to a wider
audience in order to ensure new players are attracted to play paintball, (not
necessarily our series), at every level ensuring the good health of the industry.
The Series only exists in its current form due to industry sponsors. Without them
either the level of professionalism would be considerably lower than today, therefore
not being attractive to a wider audience, or entry fees would be so high that
all but a very few rich teams could afford it. Either way without this there would
be no series fit for purpose.
Many of our sponsors have supported us for several years, and as a result have
supported the teams that play the Millennium. There are also many companies that
have not supported us, and of course they have the right not to, but use the Millennium
very successfully to market their products. Whether this is fair or not is a matter
opinion, but we think what is clearly not fair is the few paying for the many.
We also have to bear in mind current economics and try to widen the source of
funding in order to maintain the necessary level of professionalism required if
we want to achieve our goals.
Certain statements have been made on various forums that are blatantly not true
or only tell part of the story. Due to client confidentiality we cannot enter
the fray each time something is written but we would like to make the following
clarifications that should give you a good idea of when certain claims are at
best being exaggerated.
For 2009 we are asking gun manufacturers, (who enjoy the most direct marketing
benefits of the Millennium), to support the Millennium at a minimum level of a
Gun Display Sponsor. The cost for this is €10,000 for the entire series,
not the €60,000.00 that has been claimed in some forums. To ensure there
is a benefit for all new and existing sponsors we will also protect them in so
far as ensuring only guns from a sponsor can be used in the locked divisions,
those benefiting the most from TV coverage. It was always our intention not to
impose this on Division three and after further discussion we have also decided
to extend this to Division 2 teams. We feel this is a fundamentally fair position
for all. We have had discussions with all major manufacturers both old and new
and at no point did anybody have a major negative reaction to this. In fact at
the meetings held in Paris & Orlando, everybody left us with the firm impression
that they were on board. There are some other manufacturers that we are currently
talking with to try to ensure no major gaps occur for the players. We also know
of certain manufacturers who intend to assist any teams who may have issues here
through a variety of assistance programs.
There are manufacturers in paintball that heavily invest in furthering our sport
and support teams widely. Without these people there would be no real competitive
paintball anywhere in the world. They deserve our support and the support of the
There are other statements being made relating to other products, hoppers, packs
etc. It is not the plan of the Millennium to impose any restrictions on players
regarding any other product except for Paintballs which has been the case for
The interests of all parties involved with The Millennium Series is a continual
balancing act which of course can never make everybody happy all of the time.
However, very few people have contacted The Millennium directly with any real
complaints on these issues.
We hope this release has been of assistance in clarifying our position. If you
have any further questions, please dont hesitate to contact
for further assistance.