if you tape it to a flat surface a sheet of white paper can function as a mousepad. most sensors (at least of the mice ive owned) track fine on paper. the only issue is that your wrists may hurt after a couple hours because there's no padding underneath, but you can play just fine.
same goes for a sheet of aluminium (after some sanding) or a piece of cloth with high thread count, which is what most soft mousepads have. most mice track on anything thats flat and has a bit of texture. this means you can choose to pay 30 euro for a mousepad, but generally you dont really need to.
there are of course some mice/sensors that dont track well at all on a lot of surfaces, but that might still happen if you buy an expensive mousepad. for example the G500 i own only tracks well on a hard pad (or a piece of cardboard) and not on my A brand softpad.
i dont own a zowie mouse but i havent heard a lot of people complain about tracking issues with them, so my assumption was that that wouldn't be a problem.
tldr some mice wont work well on paper but most do just fine.