Paintball Magazine Paintball Magazine March 2019 Issue - Page 82

interested in the presentation of the sport and fan interaction. Very early on, I came to the conclusion that split-deck had to go in order to tell the story of a tournament effectively. Shortly thereafter I was on the phone with Carl Markowski (who became a co-founder at the league) and I told him “I think we need to start a league.” It was the only way to make the format changes we felt were necessary. I attended Startup School by YCombinator in September of 2018 and incorporated National Paintball League Advanced Media, inc. a few weeks into that. JA: What is your history in paintball? There’s been a lot of talk about a new possible pro paintball league for 2019. The league is called the NPL (National Paintball League) and it’s headed up by Matt Watkajtys. We recently caught up with Matt to get the story. I started playing in the early 2000s in Upstate NY at a field called Hyperson Paintball. I fell in love with the sport. I reffed for two years and played as often as I could. I wasn’t particularly good at it. I just had a lot of fun doing it. I broke my wrist in my third season in an unrelated John Amodea: Matt, how long has the accident. I traded my Angel Speed ‘04 NPL been in the works? for a camera and started to produce paintball DVDs of regional events around I’ve started thinking about the National New York. Life got in the way and I went Paintball League two years ago. I was to college for film and cinema after the 082 magazine