Paintball is growing here in the STL area. My local field is having their best year and the turn out has been amazing. As far as the highspeed electro tourney types carrying the sport, companies figure out where the market is and will develop offerings for the newer players. This is why you are seeing entry level guns pop up in Walmart and other chain sporting foods stores. Why did Dye come out with a more tactical mil-sim line? Because there is a growing market for it. Tourney ball has its place, and so does woodsball. Pumps and electros can live on the same field and I think we're on the edge of even more advancements in technology for the guns and paint, and in player safety.
Have heart, brethren... the game is alive and well!