Sometimes also referred to as Gelsoft, Gel Ball is a sport similar to Paintball and Airsoft, however much safer and cheaper than Paintball. In Gel Ball, game participants compete against each other or towards set objectives and use gel blasters that shoot gel balls.
The gel balls shot by gel blasters are also commonly known as orbeez or silica beads. Gel balls range in size between 1-2 millimetres and are required to be placed in water to hydrate in order to reach their useful size of 7-8 millimetres. Once they reach their full size they weigh on average 0.2 grams, similar to Airsoft BBs and have different hardness levels, depending on the manufacturer. Due to their great water absorption and release capacity, gel balls of greater size are commonly used to water pot plants.