What I'm worried about though is SP's role in all this. I hope they don't monopolize it and prevent other companies from providing 50cal markers. I will never buy SP so I don't want them to ruin this fun.
SP isn't that bad.
Product wise, no. But their ethics as a company is. Paintball has grown because manufacturers have freely allowed things top be used by others. SP has "creatively" won patents on things they haven't actually created and have opened lawsuits against other companies for using these items/ideas from BEFORE the SP acquisition.
I find it a bit disconcerting that since SP has done their thing paintball has begun to grow stagnate. It's as if companies are afraid to try something new unless they have an airtight lock on a product.
Sp wasn't the first to make .50 paint but they could certainly be the only/last.