Paintball is a sport in which players compete, in teams or individually, to eliminate each other by tagging with paintballs (Paintballs are composed of a non-toxic, biodegradable, water soluble shell containing water soluble dye suspended in oil) fired from a paintball marker (often referred to as a paintball gun).

The game is regularly played at amateur and sporting levels with open play(walk in non-organized play), organized competition involving major tournaments, professional teams, and players. Paintball gear is also used by military , law enforcement, and security organizations to supplement training. Paintball has also played a role in riot control and non-lethal suppression of dangerous suspects.

Games are played both indoors and outdoors on fields of varying sizes and environments. Fields are composed fo natural and artificial terrain and obstacles, which players use for cover. Paintball scenarios vary, but can include capture the flag, team or individual elimination, ammunition limits, defending or attacking a particular point or area, capturing objects hidden or defended by players in the playing area or recreating historic military battles. Scenarios can last from seconds to hours, or even days depending on complexity and number of players.

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