The 11th Airsoft Players’ Choice Awards ceremony takes place today, Saturday, 17th April 2021 online. Virtual presenters will be announcing the winners in 26 categories from 1100H BST (GMT+1). You can find further details here, check out the 11th Airsoft Players’ Choice Awards Official Page or go to the Popular Airsoft YouTube channel to watch and chat with other viewers.
Airsoft Internationals Ai500 weekender
We are delighted to announce the new venue for this year’s AI500 – The Citadel (Dover). The AI500 has exclusivity to run Airsoft Games and we intend to run the first game in October followed by the second in April/May of next year. We are capping the October event to 400 players, ticket price will be £95.00 with returning players from the last Ai500 receiving the usual discounted ticket price. More information will be given shortly including when you can book in. Welcome the AI500 The Citadel
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So the next video is out from Umarex, this time covering their announcement of their new Airsoft releases. Yes the MG4 and PSG1 are in there! The S&W M29 is covered as well, showing off the adjustable popup, speed loaders, CO2 installation and their attention to detail.
Whilst IWA 2021 isn’t quite what everyone hoped this year for the obvious reasons that doesn’t mean the news and new releases aren’t coming. Umarex have posted a video covering the highlights of their upcoming new products. This covers items outside of their airsoft lineup including paintball calibers, however these rubberised calibers tend to provide interest in 6mm versions. Lets face it these are interesting ideas and designs.
It’s that time of year again! Popular Airsoft‘s player choice awards are online for you to vote for your favourite places to go. Please do get in there and vote for your favourites!
What has become the biggest online airsoft event, the Airsoft Players’ Choice Awards, is now on its 11th Awards Period. For a 2-month duration of the Awards airsoft players from around the world shall nominate and then vote for the best in the various awards categories.
Airsoft retailers, players, publications, manufacturers, products, blogs, communities, reviewers, videos, podcasts, and events are covered by this Awards event. Airsoft players worldwide get to vote on who they think deserve their votes and show their appreciation for those who have done a good job at serving the airsoft community. This is what makes the Airsoft Players’Choice Awards special as it takes into particular consideration the importance of the particapation of airsoft players as they are after all, the ones who benefit from the products and services of various airsoft companies and individuals.Popular Airsoft
Sadly the IWA show has been officially postponed to an unknown date. This is due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the obvious issues around the spread through Europe and public events.
More can be read on the FieldSportsChannel https://www.fieldsportschannel.tv/iwa-postponed-official/ pages.
NürnbergMesse has decided to postpone IWA OutdoorClassics 2020 from the planned date of 6-9 March 2020 to a date in 2020, which has yet to be specified
The tv and media news here in the UK can be sadly somewhat repetitive and sadly spun out of control in some cases; however there is a genuine message around infection control and like any viral outbreak it is something to be taken seriously to help protect everyone. Obviously the upcoming trade shows now pose a conundrum from attendees meeting up with people from all around the globe who plan to fly in.
At the moment VFC (see their facebook post) and Guay Guay (see their news page) have announced that they are pulling out from IWA for the obvious reasons that the health and wellbeing of everyone comes first.
VegaForceCompany will not attend the 2020 IWA exhibition”
As you are aware, there is a new novel coronavirus (Wuhan pneumonia) spreading throughout mainland China and the rest of the world,.
Although there is only very isolated infection in Taiwan at this time (and none within our company) we of course still want to take the lessons of past flu outbreaks to heart: We want to take the side of caution as an organization for our employees, follow best health practices, and avoid crowded places in the near future.
For protect all of our customer and friend’s safety and health, reduce the risk of virus infection internally VFC has decided to cancel our presence the IWA exhibition in March 2020. This also includes any scheduled meetings during the show that we have already confirmed.
It is a difficult decision to make to not be unable to meet with our customers and friends this year, however, VFC will find another opportunity to display 2020 new products as the year continues.
Once again, VFC apologizes for any inconvenience, and thanks you for your kind understanding.
Also look forward to seeing you all in 2021 IWA exhibitions.
Patrol Base are having a giveaway in store this Saturday, 2nd November:
We’re doing a giveaway this Saturday.
Want to be in with the chance of winning free games days, ammo and even a new Airsoft gun!? Keep on reading to find out what we have planned in-store this Halloween weekend, the 2nd of November.
Come in store the 2nd of November to dig deep into our spooky mystery box to potentially pull out a winning ticket. 100 tickets are inside with 10 prizes up for grabs! You have one chance only to select a random ticket, but watch out for the creepy crawlies! Dig deep inside the cobweb and slime infested box. Prizes include ammo, tactical accessories, FREE game days at our HALO MILL and Proving Grounds sites!
Prizes have been kindly donated by ASG, the top tier prize is an ASG – SLV Armalite M!5 URX-SBR! Anyone can have a go, but if you are under 18 and win the top tier prize, then it will be handed over to a responsible adult.
Our Saturday event in-store will be from 9:30am to 5pm on the 2nd of November. There are only 100 tickets going into the box so get in early!
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Patrol Base have 30 rifles to give away to attendees at Operation Specna this weekend, find out how you can get involved in future events below:
This coming Sunday the 1st of September Patrol Base are giving away a pool of 30 SPECNA ARMS rifles! For all those who have already secured their spot for the 300 player event, you’ve got 1 in 10 chance of getting a free rifle for simply attending!
Winners will be selected on the group lunch break! At that moment in time you (if a winner) can then get the chance to run and gun with your new pride and joy for the rest of the game day.
To see what rifles could be in the prize pool, check out the full SPECNA product line-up available at Patrol Base right now by following the link.
If you weren’t luck enough to secure your spot for this event, then sign up to our social platforms to be ahead of the game and book for future game days by following the links below:
Readers of this site will undoubtedly be passionate about getting outdoors and experiencing the thrills of airsoft. For many it’s not a hobby, but a passion. Yet, as you sit and read this, how many people around the world are playing airsoft at this time? One thousand? Ten thousand? Then, consider how many people are playing first-person shooter or military strategy video games at the moment. We are talking about millions of players, who have formed not only a multi-billion-pound industry, but a vast community as well.
It’s been written many times over the last few decades about how the existence of video games poses an existential threat to outdoor activities. Indeed, it’s been that way since the old Atari consoles of the 1970s. Yet, today we are looking at games that are designed to provide immersion of players through V.R and other immersive technologies. Above all though, it is the fact that players are connected online, in (virtual) proximity to each other in much the same way as you would be when participating in airsoft.
Consider something like CS:GO (Counter Strike: Global Offensive). According to the Steam charts, the average number of players playing the game in May 2019 was 364,417. That number refers to the average at any given moment, not the number of plays or login in the month. At its peak, almost double that number would have been playing online simultaneously. The statistics are mind-boggling, and that’s just one example among dozens of popular games of that nature.
eSports has exploded in popularity
Indeed, there has been a massive rise in interest in the whole area of eSports, with shooting and strategy games among the most important. In the United States, the television networks have jumped on board, providing live coverage of eSports tournaments in order to capitalise on its popularity.
The industry is wildly competitive, with non-players also taking part in eSports betting. A quick glance on 888sport’s eSports page shows hundreds of markets, with betting lines like Evil Geniuses at 5/1 to win EPICENTER, or LEC to win Rift Rivals at 33/100, as well as references to things like “skins” and “maps”. It’s presented like regular sports betting, but with unfamiliar names and terminology.
Can’t beat the real thing
eSports is often given the tagline, “the most popular sport you have never heard off” thanks to the millions watching online, and the fact in places like South Korea tournaments sell out huge stadiums. But does the fact that there are millions around the world playing these games pose a threat to activities like airsoft or paintball? It’s a difficult question to answer without falling into the clichés that have always surrounded video games.
However, we should say that while online gaming has created virtual worlds laden with wonderful graphics and provides experiences that trick the senses into believing they are real, there is still something lacking from these games that – as of yet – are not able to replace the feeling of something like airsoft.
It may be that it’s the physical sensation of getting hit, the way your heart pounds when someone points an airsoft gun at you or the fact that you might have to deal with ‘real’ problems like the weather or getting your feet wet. The suspension of belief is different in the virtual world. It could be the case that one day that we’ll all be playing airsoft online, but that day still looks a fair distance off yet.
Bomb Up Airsoft have shared details of an airsoft event they are running with Equal Airsoft on the 6th and 7th July 2019:
NWAF is a weekend event held at Outpost Airsoft in Chester. We are holding this event in aid of Mind (the mental health charity) so all profits from attendance will go to Mind. There will also be lots of raffle prizes which we have had donated – again, all profits from the raffle will go to Mind. On the Saturday there will be suppliers/manufacturers attending to showcase products which will be available to purchase through us from our on-site shop. There will also be preowned stalls as well so plenty of opportunity for players to spend their hard earned cash. The Saturday is more of a family day so there will be mini airsoft games running throughout the day as well as entertainment such as a DJ, live bands, bouncy castle assault course, portable scare room, food stalls and more, as well as the option to camp over on Saturday night. The Sunday will be a full battle sim game day and we will have the shop open again for anything the players might need. Prices start from just £5 entrance, more information can be found on our website or through clicking this link