Hell Survivors® Company History
Ed Stapleton (Vice-President) and Dave Massey (President) founded Hell Survivors® 'War Game' back in April of 1984.  After playing a few times in early 80's, they immediately knew that this new game/sport was the ultimate hunting sport and great exercise.

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  They have continued their love of the game and to re-invest year after year in the business that has been their life for over a quarter century!  Hell Survivors® is one of the safest & longest running paintball playfields in the World!

Hell Survivors® has developed and implemented many of the safety rules, standards and policies that are used world wide in today's paintball games and industry.

"1984" *Hell Survivors® was the 1st. Playfield to realize and change the rule that stated that: 'head-shots & gun-shots' DON'T COUNT.  Back in the beginning of the sport, this was the very unsafe standard rule of the game.  We changed this rule immediately to: "Everything counts as a Hit... Head-Shots, Gun-Shots & Equipment-Shots. If you get hit anywhere, You are Out!" (which is now today's current safety standard).

"1986" *Hell Survivors® was the 1st. Playfield to develop and use the "barrel cover/condom/sock" back in the early "80's" (which is now today's current safety standard). Back then we started off using 50-cal. #3357 Crossman® pistols then we added the 60-cal. Tippmann® SMG-60 full-auto Machine Guns and then finally adding the 68-cal. Sheridan® pump rifle as rental equipment. There was no such thing as a 'barrel plug' or any barrel blocking device. So being that we were using 3-different calibers of paintballs back then, we needed to develop a universal 'barrel safety sock' (as we called it) system to keep the players safe in the dead zone.

"1986" *Hell Survivors® was the 1st. Playfield to introduce and use Full-Auto Tippmann® SMG-60 machine guns as rental equipment. Speaking of Tippmann® guns, did you know that Hell Survivors® started the rumor that Tippmann guns carry a 'lifetime warranty' on them, witch is basically today's 'unofficial/unadvertised' repair policy. I'm sure Dennis Tippmann Sr. was pleased with us for that at the time :^)  With his cutting edge products and customer support team, we would continue to test, buy & use ONLY Tippmann® guns in our rental arsenal. 

"1988" *Hell Survivors® was the 1st. Playfield to incorporate a "Chronograph Gun Tagging System" to assure other players that every player's gun had been 'Chronographed (at 289-fps or less) & Tagged' by a Game Official before they could play.

"1989" *Hell Survivors® was the 1st. Playfield to tag players with a  "Color Coded & numbered Player ID Tagging System" which coincides with the 'radar tag' color being used for that day's session of play.  This 'ID Tag' displays very important safety information about each player. The Player's ID# is on it (in case of a problem), the 'Class/Division' that the player is registered to play in and a 'Penalty Punch' section (for safety rule infractions) at the bottom.

"1995" *Hell Survivors® has developed the "Three-Strikes-and-You're-Out Policy" regarding violations of any 'Safety Rules'. This means if a player commits a 'Safety Rule Infraction', that "Player's ID Tag" is punched at the bottom and a corresponding "Safety Rule Citation' is written up by the game official that observed it. The 'Safety Rule Citation' is turned into HQ and filled under that player's name. Any player who receives three 'Safety Rule Infractions' in a single session, will be "Permanently Banned" from Hell Survivors® Playfield without a refund (No exceptions!).  Hell Survivors runs a 'tight-ship' on safety! 

"1997 " It was Hell Survivors® that has continued to campaign and defend the player's right to use full-auto and a push to NOT limit bps. We have stood on stage alone during an International Industry Conference at the Masters Tournament in Nashville against an entire group from around the world, of gun & goggle manufactures, insurance agents, magazine publishers, tournament producers and some of the leading legends in the paintball industry. They ALL wanted to see a bps cap (around 10-b.p.s.) and a complete 'BAN on Full-Auto'.  One pair of magazine owners that hosted this conference, suggested that you could only fire 3-shots, then yell: "are you hit" I performed an audience participation test of that theory that made a laughing stock of that suggestion. Who was the only industry person that stood on stage in front of everyone and defended the player's right to have NO b.p.s. or r.o.f. restrictions. We suggested that the goggle manufactures, step up and add chin straps and full head armor to offer proper protection under extreme conditions (you are starting to see them now). Stand up for you right to have fun playing paintball, we have! Bring out your favorite marker and Hell Survivors® will keep your game enjoyable & safe. That's what we have been doing for 25-years!

"1998" *Hell Survivors® was the 1st to implement a standard 'field fill color' for all paint grenades and paint mines. This was to insure that only Tippmanns®.'light baby blue' paint would be used in all paint grenades and paint mines on the playfield. This way there was no confusion if a player was hit with a grenade or mine or splatter from a paintball.  

"2000" *Hell Survivors® was the 1st to implement a 16-station self-serve CO-2 fill station  for customers to 'top-off' their CO-2 tanks between games without a wait in line. Hell Survivors® together with Tippmann® Sports provide the players FREE of charge, the use of a Tippmann® Quick-fill 20-oz. CO-2 tank to use for the day. The system is quick, easy and completely safe to use, plus you can never over-fill the tank. This system is supplied by a 6-Ton bulk CO-2 system.

*"2004" Hell Survivors® was the 1st to design & construct the 'World's Largest Walk-in, Self-serve, Hi-pressure Nitro Filling Station™' With TEN 3000-psi and TEN 4500-psi self-serve fill stations inside, there is never a wait in line for air even with thousands of players. We have spared no expense on this massive, Hi-pressure air filling station and it always puts out a full 4500-psi constantly all weekend long, with absolutely NO down time.  
   


The World's Largest Walk-in, Self-Serve Air Station™ Only @ Hell Survivors®

"2004" *Hell Survivors® was the 1st to develop and incorporate a bar code player ID tracking and score keeping system used at major events. The computer program was designed to track all of the thousand's of players movement on and off  the playfield, their point value at the time, as well as all of the bunker objectives and their corresponding point values. This is a state of the art computer tracking system that calculates the score of the game 'live' at CIA. This system also allows a player to get (for $5.00) a souvenir, suitable for framing certificate showing the players; Name, Rank, Player ID#, current point value, and every time they were re-inserted back into the game. This software was designed & developed exclusively for Hell Survivors® and the federally trademarked Monster Game® Format. 

"2004" *Hell Survivors® was the 1st toffer it's registered customers FREE! 'Self-Serve CO-2 and Hi-Pressure air/nitro fills.'. This virtually eliminated waiting in lines for air fills, giving the players more time on the playfields to play paintball.edre time on the playfields to play paintball.

"2005" *Hell Survivors® switches to Exotic Sportz® FIREBALL® brand of 'DXS' premium paintballs as it's exclusive field paint. FIREBALL® Paintballs have been specifically formulated to shoot flawlessly in all marker & barrel systems including the Tippmann® Flat line Barrel System. FIREBALLS® exclusive thick & heavy all PEG red fill shoots further and straighter than any other paintball madeOnce you shoot FIREBALL®, you will be amazed at it's performance. In the winter FIREBALLS® formula switches over to an 'Aortic blend' for superior cold weather performance. FIREBALL® Paintballs are simply the best paint money can buy.

"2008" *Hell Survivors® was the 1st to implement a standard for all paint grenades and paint mines. We only allow grenades & mines purchased from Hell Survivors® or Exotic Sport to be used on the playfield. This was to insure that only the Tippmann® 'light baby blue' paint would be used in all paint grenades and paint mines on the playfield. Hell Survivors® has Tippmann® custom make (at an additional cost to us) the entire line of Tippmann® grenades and mines with the Tippmann® 'Baby Blue Fill'. Many grenade manufactures out there have had numerous problems with certain grenade fills growing mold inside them. Now we know you do not want to be hit with one of those nasty things. We also have had several complaints from players being hit with stinky, nasty, moldy, glittery or staining grenade fills with colors of paint (not baby blue) that did not even count as an elimination. Needless to say it pisses players off and can ruin their gear, clothing and their day. Plus I'm sure you have all heard  about the 'Pee-More Mines'. That's where players urinate into a re-usable paint mine and set them up around their base. Again we will not tolerate or want any of our players subject to this kind of sick act. .

"2008" *Hell Survivors® was also the 1st to restrict the use of all home made devices of any type. No homemade markers, grenade or rocket launchers, grenades, mines or goggle systems are allowed anywhere on the premises. No Exceptions! 

"2009" *Hell Survivors® celebrates it's '25th. Anniversary' in the paintball business! Twenty five years of giving you the safest & best experience that you can have playing paintball.. We have some major expansions and big surprises planed for the "2009" Season. Look for even more reasons to make Hell Survivors® your home playfield. Dave & Ed thank you for all your years of support. We enjoy seeing all of you playing & having fun.

"2011" *Hell Survivors® and Tippmann Sports® together take the Hell Survivors® TIPPMANN WORLD CHALLEMGE to a true world-wide event. The TWC™ went global with the launch of an entire series of smaller TIPPMANN CHALLENGE™ Events hosted in several countries around the planet. These events are not like the TWC™ where Tippmann® Guns take on all the other Guns in the World, however they are your ticket to the Hell Survivor's TWC™. If you attend one of these other Tippmann Challenge™ events, your team of four can win an all expenses paid trip, tickets, X-7 Phenoms & paint to the TWC™ in September. "These smaller feeder events are the rest of the world's ticket to the Tippmann World Challenge™" says President Dave Massey.The TWC™ is the only event of it's kind, now Internationally drawing thousands of celebrities and players from all over the world. The Tippmann World Challenge, TWC™ and unique TWC™ Game Format are all trademarks of Global Franchise Development Corp. dba Hell Survivors® and Exotic Sportz®..

"2011" *Hell Survivors® says: "NO to Oil-Filled Paintballs! (The TRUTH) In a bold statement for the vital safety for our industry, Field Operations pioneer Dave Massey has denounced the use of Oil-Filled paintballs at his legendary Hell Survivors® Michigan Playfield, the world’s longest running paintball operation. Massey states, "Most of the major paint brands out there now use OIL in the fill to cut their costs to reduce prices. This seems to be a blatant disregard for our environment, which represents a potential threat to the survival of our beloved game. These oil ingredients pose a major concern to our business and our entire industry, and it has to stop!"

The oily fills have some hazardous disadvantages:
  • Oil makes it hard to clean goggles, which can lead to "hit" players lifting their masks to see where they are walking after being shot in the lens!
  • Field Operators report that over weeks or months, the oily residues are turning into disgusting BLACK FUNGUS and mold growth on trees, props, buildings and bunkers.
  • Fungus & Mold exposure can lead to serious allergic bio-reactions in people and animals.

).2013" *Hell Survivors® introduces a new Hell Survivors Android Phone App, then incorporates it and our social media outlets into the Big/Scenario Games. Now you must have our phone app and follow us on our social medias in order to get the clues for top-secret 'Special Missions' that are worth Bonus Points for the games. Many fields jumped on this bandwagon immediately afterwards. "We love it!" says: Dave Massey.

After over a quarter century as a successful field operator and retailer, Dave Massey has presented his business ideas at many seminars and industry conferences for Field Operators. "Of course, we all want to keep our paintball costs as low as possible, but enough is enough!" claims the outspoken Massey. "In recent years, wholesale paint prices went so low that EVERY major manufacturer literally went bankrupt! How much more evidence do we need that dirt-cheap prices have gone way too far? It is up to us business operators to try and stop this!"


Hell Survivors® is very proud to be a "Grandfather and Innovator of Safety and efficiency" in the sport of paintball. We have stood up for your rights as a player and have helped mold great policies and standards. Hell Survivors® has one of the longest running, safest, most organized and punctually run playfields in the world! You can ask anyone in the industry.


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