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Confirmed: Valken Paint Will Not Be Distributed at PSP Events

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Confirmed: Valken Paint Will Not Be Distributed at PSP Events

PSP Events Paintball LogoWe previously reported that Valken paint would be sold at PSP events this year. We reached out to Lane Wright, PSP Chief Operations Officer, who confirmed that the PSP will not be opening its doors to the Valken paint truck in the 2013 paintball season. Wright has told us that he reached out to Valken with a paint sponsorship option which would allow Valken to sell their paint at every PSP event this season, and Valken declined that offer.

There are several rumors circulating as to why the deal did not go through, but we do not have any confirmed reasoning as of yet. The only thing that is confirmed is the fact that Valken recently signed a deal with the NPPL to be the exclusive paint vendor in attendance at their events.

What does this little ordeal mean for Valken exactly? Considering the fact that this is the second year in a row that their paint will not be in attendance at a PSP event, it does not look too good for their company, nor the teams that Valken sponsors.

At this point, this situation is full of speculation and hearsay. It may end up staying that way…

We are currently working on uncovering all of the facts before we provide further information as to why Valken declined PSP’s offer. With that said, what are your thoughts on the matter? Are you disappointed to see that the Valken truck will miss yet another dominant PSP season? Let us know!

Israel L.

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27 Comments
  • Jacque
    January 19, 2013

    Why is it bad for their company to not make a paint arrangement with PSP?

  • Joseph Davis
    January 19, 2013

    Yea, I am one of those sponsored teams and this sucks for us not being able to play in the PSP season.

    • bulzeye
      January 19, 2013

      why can’t you play in the PSP? Gino already posted and said they would help any Valken sponsored team that plays PSP in the way of entry and airfare if need be. all you have to do is contact your local rep.

  • Edwin Campbell
    January 19, 2013

    Yeah cause our main sponsor is valken and its a fight to play a psp event with the team owners that are so dedicated to valken. Here goes another nppl season with no hopes of a psp event.

  • Randy Blitch
    January 19, 2013

    As the owner of a field that shoots Valken paint, and a team that is sponsored by Valken, this is a major pain. The big problem is that the psp told everyone that Valken would be allowed to vend and then changed the deal. everyone knows that this is a play by kee, who is a major owner of the psp. Lane is just a puppet, and has no real power. If the psp would have just told everyone from the start that this was how it would be, we would have made plans….. I will never shoot kee paint at my field again………

    • Jesters Court
      January 19, 2013

      Randy Blitch your customers and your players will always stand behind you!!! This is the type of response that the PSP and everyone else who think the decisions that fair need to hear!! What ever happened to taking care of the players? You and Valken know how to do that!!!

    • bulzeye
      January 19, 2013

      Contact your Valken rep as Gino has already said they would help Valken teams with things like entry and airfare to make up for PSP screwing over Valken.

    • Tommy Long
      January 20, 2013

      I vow not to play at a field that uses Kee paint…Fair enough !

    • Making no sense...
      January 20, 2013

      You’re a bit misinformed.

      PSP did not tell Valken they couldn’t be a paint vendor.

      PSP did tell Valken that the price for being a paint vendor exclusive to PSP is lower than the non-exclusive price.

      If you think that is somehow evil, don’t forget that Valken signed an exclusive paint vending deal with NPPL that *DOES* prevent GI and KEE from being NPPL paint vendors.

      If you want to be mad at someone for deals that keep paint vendors out of leagues, the only people you can be mad at are NPPL and Valken.

  • bulzeye
    January 19, 2013

    Hey Israel it shows that you contacted Lane Wright and the PSP but did you even attempt to contact Gino or anybody at Valken? sure doesn’t appear that way in your article. Did you have to post this grossly biased article to get in good wtih Lane and the PSP boys since you got banned from NPPL? This article just looks like you’re getting down on your knees for PSP

  • Tom Cunningham
    January 20, 2013

    “I take tremendous personal pride in being the ONLY independent paintball news and media outlet in this small niche of an industry. We are not owned by anyone and don’t do what anyone tells us to do.” ……

    The ONLY publication Israel? …. if I did not like Social Paintball I think I might be offended. The Catshack Reports is likewise independently owned and I have yet to have anyone step forward in industry or otherwise and TELL myself as Editor what and what not to publish. Enough said…..

  • Gino Postorivo
    January 21, 2013

    Valken will ask Psp again this week if we can sell paint and products at PSP!
    Pay normal price as others. 🙂 Thanks.

    • Danny Monstar Bernal
      January 21, 2013

      Good luck Gino Postorivo. You know there's plenty people that back you.

    • Daniel Baker
      January 21, 2013

      fingers crossed

    • Jeffrey Lewis
      January 21, 2013

      I really hope you guys can work this out…. Go team Valken!

    • Gall E McOxbig
      January 21, 2013

      If you dont play nice dont expect much

    • David Veldof
      January 21, 2013

      I hope that the PSP realizes how they are not hurting you and Valken as much as they are the players, the sport and their integrity. Get'em Gino, fight for the players.

    • Steven Ledbetter
      January 21, 2013

      I'm already playing this phone call in my head and I like how it's going so far lol

    • Darin Tapp
      January 21, 2013

      I repeat, Just curious here but what are you guys upset with PSP about? They wanted you to support them and not NPPL? They wanted you to pay a one time buy in fee of $10,000? The other paintball vendors have been there for 11+ years supported PSP through good and lean times. $10,000 sounds cheap to me. I read somewhere where you said in NPPL charged you three times as much this year as last year. That sounds like extortion.

    • Scott Steglinski
      January 22, 2013

      He paid 3 paint sponsorship spots because Kee & GI boycotted NPPL

  • Kelly Pistol Brennan
    January 20, 2013

    First – as a writer with The Catshack Reports I have to go with Tomcat. We are also an independent and as a writer I can tell you we’ve never been told what to write, how to “swing” an article, or who to “kiss” up to. We pride ourselves on writing honest and positive work. NOT saying you do any of that either.

    Secondly – the whole thing has a stink to it if you ask me; but I am truly hoping the truth comes out. This does suck for Valken teams, BUT because Valken is the company it is those teams should not be affected too much. Personally when Valken stepped up and said they would help their teams attend events that Valken was clearly not welcome at it spoke volumes to the type of company they are. Perhaps more teams should be moving over to Valken!

  • Matthew Criscione
    January 21, 2013

    Good luck. Valken is good for Paintball!

    • Thomas Giruc
      January 21, 2013

      but u know what they did make a smart move and become the paint sponsor for nppl and keep it

  • R Leon Noble
    January 22, 2013

    you know if they're going to price gouge the sponsors, they ought to make a decent payout for winners.

  • trayman
    February 4, 2013

    Valken sponsored and glad to be exclusively playing NPPL this year. Getting a little tired of PSP and their fanboy following that believe they “are paintball.”

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