Brief History of PbNation at 2018 Paintball Extravaganza | Lone Wolf Paintball

Brief History of PbNation at 2018 Paintball Extravaganza | Lone Wolf Paintball


(intense electronic music) – Hey guys, what’s going on? It’s Tony from Lone Wolf Paintball and today I’m here with
John; he is the one that runs PbNation and we’re
gonna kinda do a little bit of history about how it started,
how he got into paintball. So, without further ado let’s
just jump right into this. So, how did you start playing paintball? How did you get interested in paintball? – My uncle played. My uncle lived in California,
I lived down in Tennessee, and he played pretty regularly. My older brother went and played with him and so I went out with my older brother when he came home and
visited in Tennessee. Back then, in the dark ages. (Tony laughs) The local field did a stock
class day once a month, so it was the green Splat Master pistols. – Yes. – You got those with your rental and you bought some 10-round
tubes, bought 12 grams, and once a month they did stock class day. – Back in the dinosaur ages, so… – Yeah, settle down. (Tony laughs) And so I played stock class
the first year I played, like, I didn’t even know
much more about paintball. I didn’t know there were
tournaments or anything, but I knew it was fun to run right up on people and shoot ’em. – I mean, can’t complain about that, I mean paintball is, it’s fun, especially for the newer
kids out there obviously. This is how everything gets
started, you kind of start out. How old do you think you were? – I was in high school, so I was 16. – Okay. 16, some of these kids out there, I mean you can start as
young as, what do you think? – 10. – 10, JT Splat Master stuff. – Yeah, lower for Splat Master for sure. My kids are eight and
12 and they are thinking about some Splat Master,
thinking about some 50 caliber. I think 50 caliber’s awesome
for kids and for newer players. – Definitely the lower impact style stuff. So after, obviously,
you played for a while, did you ever go into
tournaments and stuff like that? – After about a year, I played
tournaments pretty regularly, traveled locally, played a
woodsball series called the MSPA, that was back in Tennessee
and in the mid-south. After MSPA, started playing NPPL events with a team called Farside,
they were out of Chicago. And so I was all the
way down in Tennessee, driving up to Chicago to play. And it was, honestly at the time, it was, if you wanted to play better teams, you had to go other places,
there weren’t pro teams, there weren’t high-end
amateur teams there. So, played with Farside for years, and the team owner, Forest Brown, wanted to get me closer to the team, and tried to get me to
come work for him at CPX. CPX wasn’t open yet, but it was opening. And while I was debating that, PMI, who later became Kee,
who later became GI Sportz, PMI asked me to come in for an interview, and I started working for them. – Played on a couple
of their factory teams, – Farside was definitely
one of their teams, I played with Farside for years, and then we became Evil Factory, and we became the factory team for PMI, we played as Evil Factory through 2006, and in 2007 we brought
the name Farside back. And then that was the last
year that I played pro. – So, he started out, 16
years old, moved up the ranks, and then now, this is a quick little story about how he got involved
in paintball, so, let’s just jump right into PbNation. What do you know about PbNation? – Too much, more than I’d like. (Tony laughs) PbNation started off, a kid
basically went home for, for Christmas vacation,
and wanted to make a forum. And so, made a forum, came back to school, he was like, “Hey guys, I made a forum!” and just wanted something
to brag about at school. It crashed a couple times
in the first couple months, but then he figured some things out, some friends started helping him, put a server on his dad’s credit card, and it just kept growing
and growing, and eventually, eventually, honestly,
his dad bought him out, because the bills got to be too much. And his dad helped him turn
it into a real business, and his dad, Ed Rieker, so Ed and Tony, worked together on the site
with a third guy named Kyle, and they brought me on because I knew the paintball industry. They knew how to keep the site running, but a lot of the advertisers,
and a lot of the people that they talked to, were
the really small guys, or guys that had figured
out the internet early. Guys like Kee, guys like… The biggest guys in the industry were still trying to figure it all out. And so I helped them just kind
of connect with some of these larger manufacturers, and then eventually, we get more onto, like what
you do, the content side. We got more into doing more of the news, at the time, PbNation was
basically buy, sell, trade. It was all about kids sometimes
flipping guns for money, sometimes just upgrading, I’m
sure you had you all sorts of friends that, new gun every week. – All the time, and it
was through PbNation, so yeah, I mean, it’s been huge. So what do you think, back
then, lot of buy, sell, trade, as of now, what do you think
PbNation is most used for? – Oh, we’ve shifted a couple times. When social media came in,
I thought, oh, (mumbles). It’s been fun, but it’s
over, forums will be old hat. Yes and no, like… Ongoing conversations are
much easier on a forum. It’s much easier to search
and find things on a forum. So, it’s much easier, for
whatever reason on Facebook, it’s, like, “Yeah,” or “Hot,” or “Cool”, it’s one-word responses, whereas forums, you don’t see those one-word responses, you see people put a little
more thought into it. We launched a YouTube page way late. YouTube was already big, there
were hundreds of paintball, paintball channels that
were doing really well, so we kinda drifted into
that a little bit late and dug our toe in the water, but now, we get over a million views a
month on our channel, easily. Our Facebook page is a lot of fun, we do Instagram a little
bit, and then the homepage on PbNation, we try and keep up things like with the Paintball Extravaganza. – Yes, exactly. – Try and shoot the new Dye M3s, try and get ahold of the CS2
pretty soon and go shoot that, it’s fun to see the new stuff, it’s fun to be part of the new stuff, and it’s fun to, still a
paintball nerd at heart. (both laugh) – Hey, aren’t we all, this
is the reason we’re here. Once again, if I didn’t say, guys, we are actually in the lobby
at 2018 Paintball Extravaganza, and just so you know,
do you have any, like, final closing thoughts
for the viewers out there just as to, “hey, go to PbNation to talk, “go to there to do buy, sell, trade.” – Enjoy paintball how
you want to enjoy it. That’s the biggest thing, when I started, there was stock class, and
then semis were taking over, pump guns were going out,
semis were coming in. Now I see all these
things, “Oh, we play this, “or we play that,” play everything. I played for years on tournament teams where all I did is practice and play, never played a field besides an airball field for years, literally. I joined PbNation and
one of the first events was a scenario event. And I was like, “Man, I
don’t really do those,” – Bring backs the fun, I feel like. – I was amazed how many
guys that I saw there, that were like, “Hey, John!”, I was like, “I haven’t seen this guy for years!” I used to play with or
against, and I realized, I don’t really need to
dress up for a scenario, I don’t do a lot of the scenario things, I’m not sure I’ve ever run
a mission successfully. (Tony laughs) – But I love playing them. Mag fed’s big, pump is fun, 50 caliber, there are all these different, these mech tournaments, these 5.5, I played one of them in Atlanta
at the end of last year. There are all these different
ways to play paintball, there are all these different
ways to enjoy paintball, some people enjoy the guns
more than they enjoy– – Actually playing them,
like collecting them. – Godspeed, more power to you. Enjoy paintball how you want to enjoy it. – So do whatever makes you happy, however you want to play it,
scenario or speedball, pump. – If it’s safe, and it’s fun, it’s getting more people playing, do it, enjoy it. – That’s it, I wouldn’t
disagree with you at all. So, guys, thank you
very much for watching. Don’t forget to give this video a Like, Subscribe to our channel, and once again, this is John from PbNation, we are at 2018 Paintball Extravaganza, just wanted to give you a
little background history on the company itself, so, once again, thanks for watching, guys,
and we’re outta here.

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