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Let the laser tag games begin – ZLTWC

The Zone Laser Tag World Championships begin in little over a week! Players from across the globe are converging on the French town of Belfort to compete for laser tag glory.

The Zone Laser Tag World Championships is the laser tag world competition. Running for nearly two decades, this competition is unmatched by any other manufacturer. The reason is simple: the gear. Zone Laser Tag systems are accurate, flexible and have consistent, competitive timings. Ask any player and they will tell you—why else would teams of players be flying across the globe to play on Zone?

Zone Laser Tag proudly supports the competition and hope that the best team wins. We (not so) secretly hope that team is the Aussies, headed up by one of our longest standing operators, Doc Balwdin from Zone Canberra.

Zone Laser Tag World Championships

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The Zone Laser Tag World Championships is coming around again. Neocentre in Belfort France is hosting the 2017 World Championships, with 13 teams from 6 participating highly-skilled countries: Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, USA, and of course France. Everyone is vying for the accolades and respect that comes along with the weighty title of World Laser Tag Champion.

The Zone Laser Tag World Championships is the laser tag world competition. Established in 2003, the ZLTWC brings together players from all across the globe, to battle it out on the global stage. Nowhere else will you find such a high level of competitive and tactical skills in a Laser Tag Competition.

The most prestigious laser tag trophy.

The most prestigious laser tag trophy.

The previous ZLTWC was held at Laserzone Sunshine Coast, Australia in 2014. It was a huge step forward for the competition, growing into a week-long event with over a dozen teams from all around the globe. Media involvement has steadily grown, with players being featured in the Australian newspapers, a radio interviews, and a crowd-funded documentary showing off what life is like vying to be the world’s best laser tag players. Not only a hobby or a sport, Zone Laser Tag has turned into a way of life – and the players wouldn’t have it any other way.

– Identity Crisis (USA)

– Cobras (NZ)

– Honey Badgers (NZ)

– AUS II (AUS)

– Belfort’s Lions (FRA)

– Dabeuh (FRA)

– French Touch (FRA)

– Spectateam (FRA)

– GP (FIN)

– SFP (FIN)

– Legacy (FIN)

– Stockholm (SWE)

– Majestic 5 (SWE)

Neocenter arena, Belfort, France

Neocenter arena, Belfort, France

This event is proudly supported by Zone Laser Tag. It showcases the world’s best laser tag equipment being played by world’s best laser tag players. Zone is keenly aware that the Operators and the Players are what makes Zone great, and we work hard to provide as much to the community as possible, who give so much back.

Competitive Clash for the Queen’s Birthday Bash

The Albury (Australian) Pre-Nationals Competition #1 was held on the Queen’s Birthday weekend during June, 2017, and it was an absolute blast!

19 teams came from all over Australia and New Zealand to test their mettle and display a huge range of experience and skills, and it definitely presented an awesome spectacle. With 19 teams, Albury has set a new record for Pre-Nationals competitions, and the Albury ZLTAC (Zone Laser Tag Australasian Championships) is looking like it will be the largest laser tag competition in history, with possibly more than 33 teams (a record which was set last year in Adelaide).

Albury Pre-Nationals Competition #1 was run over 3 days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), and finished up with a very hard final series of 3 games, after which the rightful winners Adelaide Wolfpack, made up of players from Adelaide and Brisbane received their trophies and accolades.

First Place goes to Adelaide Wolfpack   Back Row, Left to Right: Robin “BAKURA” Hunt (Vice Captain), Brendon “Grub” Wood, Nick “Wax” Risk Front Row, Left to Right: Caleb “Memeless” Waller, Tim “Azrael” Ellers (Captain) Photo Credit: Emily Elliott

First Place goes to Adelaide Wolfpack
Back Row, Left to Right: Robin “BAKURA” Hunt (Vice Captain), Brendon “Grub” Wood, Nick “Wax” Risk
Front Row, Left to Right: Caleb “Memeless” Waller, Tim “Azrael” Ellers (Captain)
Photo Credit: Emily Elliott

Finals Results Photo Credit: Emily Elliott

Finals Results
Photo Credit: Emily Elliott

The Last Grand-Final Game, first position and last position were separated by ONE tag Photo Credit: Albury Pre-Nats #1 Snapchat

The Last Grand-Final Game, first position and last position were separated by ONE tag
Photo Credit: Albury Pre-Nats #1 Snapchat

Zone Laser Tag Albury has been successfully operating for 6 years, run by Kerry Elliott, and Barry Elliott on Zone’s reliable Nexus Generation Pro, First Edition equipment.

I think everyone made their presence here a joy to others. That’s our goal here in Albury, to come along with a real respectful attitude so everyone wants to see you come along, because you’re fun to be with and compete against”. – Barry Elliot

Their daughter Emily Elliott organised and co-ordinated all of the Competition’s events, keeping the family business running excellently – with a huge level of professionalism and organisation, which ensured the entire competition ran smoothly. With 19 teams, Albury pre-nats had a higher number of players than any other manufacturer gets for their main competition—and this was only a side-competition! Contact us to find out why players love our gear.

Early next year, Zone Laser Tag Albury will be holding the 2018 Zone Laser Tag Australasian Championship. We look forward to another exciting Australasian titles!

Improving the game experience – lockout, friendly fire, good shot feedback and more…

The laser tag game is so much more than tag and deactivate. This is especially true when you have a dedicated competitive player-base. They notice every little detail, every timing, every light pattern and use it to their advantage.

Here at Zone we pride ourselves on providing the best game experience out there, which is why we have the largest competitive scene, the longest running competition, and the only true world’s competition.

This week we’ve updated some key game experience parameters on Helios Pro to increase the fun, fairness and competitive play-ability.

Here are some quotes from the patch notes:

Helios Lockout is a new method that has been made especially for this new generation of Pack technology, and this is the way it works: when pulling the trigger while deactivated, it will function as a regular shot – just without the result. This will mean that practically, if you fire half a second before being reactivated, you will have to wait half a second after reactivation (1 shot per second) before you may fire again. Unlike Nexus, this will scale with shot rate, so a 2 shot per second game will function differently than a 1 shot per second game.

 

“Tagged by Ally” and “Tagged Ally” now produce different Screens, sounds, and light patterns. This will give you a clear indication for when you’re gaining points, or not. This will also reset the GSF counter, detailed below.

 

An old favourite from Infusion is being brought back – Good Shot Feedback (GSF)! When Hit Recognition is enabled, you will ding when you tag a player. We’ve enhanced that by changing the sounds when you reach a certain level – 3 tags results in a “Well Done” sound, 5 results in a “Skilled” sound, 9 results in an “Excellent” sound, 11 results in an “Impressive” sound, 13 results in an “Awesome” sound, and finally – 15 tags will result in your pack saying “Zone God”.

Do you want to be left behind on an inferior product as this exciting sport grows into the mainstream, or do you want to use the product that players love? Contact us to find out how to join the growing world of competitive laser tag.

AALARA 2017

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Zone Laser Tag (as the parent company P&C Micros) made a splash at AALARA tradeshow this year with the Australasian release of Bankisa. AALARA is Australia’s amusement industry conference and tradeshow, with manufacturers, industry figureheads and operators all in one place. Zone Laser Tag showed an extensive booth, with laser tag, accessories and Banksia.

 

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AALARA saw two major product releases: Banksia Family Entertainment Management Software and Helios2. Both were received well, with interest across the amusement industry in Banksia and discussions with several operators on the potential of Helios2.

 

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Although small, AALARA 2017 was a successful tradeshow for Zone Laser Tag as we seek to stamp our mark on the Australian laser tag scene and the amusement industry generally. For too long misinformation spread about the state of the industry in Australia as Zone has focused globally.