Well, it has happened. A paintball company that helped shape the game into what it is today has officially went out of business. Angel Paintball has closed it’s doors, as read in an article from Pro Paintball. Angel Paintball has been around the block in the paintball world and I’m sure everyone never thought, especially a couple years ago, that Angel would never close their doors for good. How could this have happened? Does this mean the paintball industry as a whole is suffering? Personally, I don’t think so.
Angel paintball has been around for a while sure. But in the past few years, I haven’t really seen them advertising or pushing any of their products into the public eye. They were working on the Angel Eye goggle system, but apparently that didn’t work out due to a lens issue that required the system to be redesigned. Money. That’s what it all comes down to I’m assuming.
As I stated in a comment on ProPaintball, I don’t think the industry as a whole is suffering though. I mean, I see Kee and Dye putting out great products that cater to a wide range of players coming from a wide range of money budgets. Angel really only catered to one demographic. The ones that had the cash to spend on high end equipment. Sure there are other high end equipment manufacturers out there that mostly sell high end stuff. Planet Eclipse is one of those. But they also have the Etek line and the more recently added Etha line. These cater to people with smaller budgets.
Could that have been what put the final nail in Angel paintballs coffin? Only they know at the moment. I don’t have eyes on their accounting books.
However, either way, it is sad to see them go down. It was sad to see WGP and Smart Parts go down too. But like all businesses, the chance to eventually fail is always there. I wouldn’t say that they failed though. They have given so much to the paintball world that I could never say that they “failed”. Maybe we will see them again one day under a different name. Only time will tell.
Here is a quote from Jay of Angel Paintball:
A Sad Day
I learned that Angel Sports is ceasing operations. I don’t know all the details, not sure it really matters. I have been assured by the UK office that parts will be available to service your markers. The details of this arrangement should become clear in the near future, and should be announced by the UK office. For the near future, both myself and Bob at Fix My Angel (www.fixmyangel.com) have parts in stock in the US for your markers.
Many of you have become friends, and I feel an obligation to you. I’ll do what I can to help you and your team going forward. I have some items in stock personally, and will be willing to honor your team discounts (or give you an even better deal) where I can on those items. Anyone looking for accessories, or especially clothing, please contact me asap and we’ll see what we can work out. I will be offering these items to my dealers as well, and once it is gone, I am not sure I can get more. I also have some casual clothing and banners, and I would like to see those items end up with teams if possible. Call or email me for details.
Many of you may know, I have an interest in a retail paintball store, PB Sports. I am going to pass this email along to the guys there, and ask them that they look after you when possible. If you have a good relationship with your local store or field, continue to shop there and nurture that relationship. If you would like to start a relationship with PB Sports, you can reach them at www.pbsports.com, 260-471-4334, or email@example.com. I can assure you that they will give you good service, and should be able to help you on pricing and/or work out a sponsorship deal with you and your team. I know some of you have already done business with PB Sports, and hope that continues.
Because I feel an obligation to the teams and dealers I have worked with, I will continue to monitor and use firstname.lastname@example.org email. I have been assured that it will work for some time. If that turns out not to be the case, I have set up a personal email account, email@example.com that I will begin to monitor if the angelsports.com email fails or ceases to exist. I will continue to maintain and monitor my mobile number, 260-438-9760 so that any of you that wish to reach me will be able to do so.
So there you have it. If you pre-ordered an Angel EYE goggle system, wait for official news from Angel as to what is going on with that. A sad day indeed. Let’s keep our sport from declining. Play hard and keep the game alive. As long as the players support the companies, they will be there to support you!