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What Does It Take to be a Battlefield Operator? Let's Find Out...

Battlefield Operators are kind of like the Operators in the Matrix

A Battlefield Operator is kind of like the Operator character in the movie series, the Matrix. (If you haven’t seen it yet, and if you are a tragic sci-fi, do yourself a favor and stream it on Netflix tonight.)

In the Matrix movie universe Operators are people who don't jack into the Matrix themselves, but they have learned to read how the Matrix scenario is playing out.

They have the advanced skills necessary to guide their comrades.

The Operator manages the training within the Matrix for new recruits and prepares crew members for missions by loading weapons and other materials within the construct.

More, Operators are also responsible for the safety of the crew. 

Battlefield Operators prepare the live-action gaming equipment and set the stage for the scenarios for your gamers.

Battlefield Operators don't actually play in the games, rather they set the scene, prepare the props and run the games.

Operator Character in the Matrix Movies

If you are a "Battlefield Operator"

If you join the elite group of people who call themselves "Battlefield Operators" then you are in a special circle of friends.

It is a fellowship.

Battlefield Operators design and lead activities to help people (the young and the young-at-heart) to experience the battlefield, live. Live-action gaming enables people to stay active, improve fitness, and have fun.

If you are embarking on this gritty business journey. Remember, why you started: to make a difference.

YOU are the Game Master

The SATR laser tag system enables the Battlefield Operator to subtly adjust the players' gaming gun settings using the Master Controller or via the SATRWARE software app.

When and by how much to adjust the game difficulty is a judgement call.

You can tweak the level of difficulty of the teams (and the players won't even know it!).

But how much money can you make?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for recreation workers is projected to grow 18% from 2021 to 2031.

This is faster than the average.


As more emphasis is placed on the importance of lifelong well-being, more recreation workers will be needed to work with children and adults in a variety of settings.

The median annual wage for event planners was $52,560 per year in September 2022. [ SOURCE ]

What Does A Battlefield Operator Do?

There is both glam and grit in the role of the Battlefield Operator. It's glitz & glory. It is grace and gumption.

From greeting gamers and issuing mission briefings to quarter-mastering the gear and driving from venue to venue are just some of the jobs.

Your biggest job is to create a "stage" so your players can create thrilling memories. They crave an experience. And you deliver.

Operators coordinate all aspects of live gaming events to ensure that every game and every gamer has a thrilling experience.

We will also be determining when you will be running the events (for example you might just start as a weekend side-hustle) you also need to work out where to play and how many players you can entertain at a time.

In my book "Right on Target" I go into the 3 "Ps".

The Three Ps are:

  • somewhere to play
  • somewhere to park, and
  • somewhere to pee!
Likewise, in the Battlefield Sports University, you can download the booking software "Battlefield HQ" which can track multiple dates/times of events and track your arsenal so you don't double book or overbook.
right on target book

As a Battlefield Operator, you’re the type of person who thrives on a fast-paced work environment. You can make quick decisions, and you can keep calm even if everything doesn't go quite to plan.

A cool head and a strong understanding of the SATR system capabilities and the games handbooks are essential. (There are different game handbooks for different gaming themes.)

Being a Battlefield Operator is not a get-rich-quick thing. Nor is it a walk in the park. I understand, that starting any new enterprise can be daunting.

That's how we did it!

We originally started with 4 gaming guns and then quickly grew to around 50. Nowadays we have approximately 1,750 units! (You can never have too many toys, right?)

I'll be honest. It was not easy.

We made many mistakes!

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What Types of Events will want a Live-Action Gaming Experience?

Take a minute to consider how many birthday parties are booked each year.

By the way, did you know that September is the busiest month for birthday parties? Think of how many bar mitzvahs, sporting club celebrations, proms, church youth events, and team-building activities there are.

And that's just the start of the list of events and meetings that are organize across the country every year. Here is a shortlist...

Life Milestones

  • Birthday Parties
  • Bar Mitzvahs / Bat Mitzvahs
  • Anniversaries
  • Family Reunions
  • Graduations
  • Proms
  • Sweet 16 Parties

  • Quinceañeras

Not-For-Profit or Corporate Corporate

  • Christmas Parties
  • Summer Camp & Holiday Programs
  • Church & Youth Events
  • Spring Break Activities
  • Last Day of School "Muck UP" events
  • First Week of College "O-Week" events
  • Comicon’s / Conferences
  • School Fetes & Carnivals
  • Corporate Picnic Days
  • Themed Parties
  • Video Game Launches

Recreation & Sporting Events

  • Sporting Club Celebrations
  • Village Fairs
  • Theme Park Attractions
  • Cruise Ship activities
  • Kids-Club and Resort Events

And the list goes on! How many more can you think of?

Why get started in a Laser Tag Business?

People sometimes ask me why we started a live gaming business.

The short answer is, that we love playing games!

And the longer answer is that we love helping people make memories. You know those handful of memories that stand out in your life as special, unforgettable.

Live gaming is flexible.

There are so many themes and scenarios people can play and enjoy the adventure.

William Shakespeare famously wrote in "As You Like It" he compares the world to a stage and life to a play.

As the Battlefield Operator, you can adjust the scenario to suit the audience.

The investment for the arsenal is minimal compared to many other entertainment options.

A roller-coaster can cost more than $20 million. One go-kart can go for $6,000 and that doesn't count the track, the maintenance, and the facility itself.

all the world's a stage

Summary: Your Glamour & Grit Vocation

Laser Tag has been around for more than 30 years. But the game has reinvented itself time and time again. Once there was only the dark foggy maze with the pew-pew pistols.

Now the options are almost endless!

Not only can you play outdoors in the forest but there also is wearable technology with crossbows and melee packs.

Being a Battlefield Operator using the SATR live gaming system from Battlefield Sports means being part of a community.

This is not a franchise but you are not going this alone. You’ll join a Battlefield Operators network across more than 50 countries.

Ready for the Glamour & Grit. The glitz & glory?

Make your move.

Are you ready for adventure? Find out – take the Business Quiz.

Then join the club. For example, we have an active (invitation-only) Facebook group where Battlefield Operators from across the planet can communicate and network with one another.

Don't waste another day. Take action now.

New to the Live-Action Gaming biz? Avoid these #7 rookie mistakes that can cripple a battlefield business in their first year.