CSL's Inaugural Fortnite Season Kicks Off With $42,000 Prize Pool!
By Duran Parsi on August 28, 2018
Fortnite is the biggest game in the world right now, and for good reason. It's fun, it's competitive, and it involves teamwork. That's what makes an incredible esport, and that's really what defines collegiate competition above all else. So, we're jumping on the hype train and hosting an awesome collegiate Fortnite league for all students! Read below for important information about our first Fortnite competition.
We'll be running a Duos league for all college players in North America. You'll need to find a duo partner, register accounts, create a team, and sign up for the league! Once registration ends, groups will be created roughly based on geography. Duos will play one match each week, facing every other duo in their group. The winner in a match is determined by who has the most kills. Every league match will be a BO3. At the end of the regular season, the top teams will advance to a single elimination playoff bracket.
The top 8 teams in the league will earn an all expense paid trip to the LIVE Championship! Specific numbers of playoff teams will be determined once registration ends (the number depends on the amount of players who sign up)! The prize pool for the league is $30,000!
Registration Open Date: September 1
Registration Close Date: October 6
League begins: October 13
Entry fee: #FREE
Our tournament series consists of 2 stages. Stage 1 are the qualifiers. There will be 8 qualifying tournaments throughout the Fall and Spring Semester. Each Qualifier will be a single elimination bracket. All matches are BO3 Duos, with the team with the most kills winning each game. The top 4 teams from each Stage 1 Qualifier will advance to Stage 2. Each Stage 1 Qualifier will be completed in one day! Any team can enter as long as they meet CSL's eligibility requirements.
Stage 2 will feature 32 teams playing in a double elimination tournament in the Spring Semester. One to two rounds of the tournament will be played each week. The Stage 2 Tournament will have the same match format (BO3 Duos) as the Online League and Stage 1 Qualifiers. The top 4 teams from Stage 2 will earn an all expense paid trip to the Championship.
Each of the 8 tournaments will also feature a $1,000 prize pool!
If the Online League and Tournaments aren't enough, we have a third way to qualify for the Collegiate Championship. Throughout the year we will host 4 Regional LAN events at various locations throughout North America. Each LAN event will feature an open Fortnite tournament that any collegiate team can participate in.
Each tournament will feature the BO3 Duos format, and be a single elimination bracket. The winner of each Regional LAN tournament will qualify for the Championship. Each Regional LAN also features a $1,000 prize pool.
North Regional: February 2019
South Regional: March 2019
East Regional: April 2019
West Regional: April 2019
Entry Fee: #FREE
Notes for New Teams/Players/Organizations
If you're returning to CSL again, read this over as a refresher. Alternatively, if you are new to CSL as a player, coordinator, coach, or faculty, these are helpful bits of information for you. For complete details, please read the rules page linked below as well! For any additional questions, you can reach us at [email protected]!
Who can play? Full-time college students in good academic standing.
How do we sign up? If you are not a returning player/team there's a simple 3 step process:
Register an account & verify your university email address
You'll be directed to your university page where you can click the "Create Team" button
When registration opens September 1, you will see an enrollment button on your TEAM PAGE. Click the button to enroll in the year-long season. In order to participate in the one-day tournaments, navigate to the TOURNAMENTS PAGE and click through to a specific tournament to enroll your team
Which qualification circuit should we participate in? We recommend the following:
If you are available every Saturday but for a limited amount of time, participate in the year-long season as it has a consistent but low week-to-week committment and it provides double the qualification slots compared to the other circuits
If you can't commit every week for the wholse season, but can block out larger chunks here and there, participate in the one-day tournaments, as you will only need to play one day for stage 1, and stage 2 is Spring only
If you are within a reasonable distance to the regional LAN locations when they are announced, you should participate in them; we will help reschedule your regular matches, if needed, for LAN participants.
Once my team qualifies, can we contiue to participate? No, once your team qualifies for the finals through any of the three circuits, you may not participate in any upcoming events in order to prevent teams still trying to qualify from being knocked out for no reason. If you are still enrolled in a current event, you must notify us so your team can be forfeited from any remaining matches.
Can we participate in multiple circuits? Sure! That's no problem. However, schedules will definitely conflict, so you should be aware of that! We only recommend participating in either the year-long tournament OR the one-day tournaments, and then also the regional LAN events if they end up being in your area. As a note, teams that forfeit too many times in the year-long season or forfeit for a tournament after the bracket is live may be removed from future participation at CSL tournament admin discretion, so don't sign up unless you are 100% sure you can play!
How many players on a team? Each team will only be allowed exactly TWO members, however there is no limit to the number of teams per school so if you have a big club, you can field multiple teams as needed, however each player is restricted to one Fortnite team.
Where do I go if I have issues? The following are the steps you should take to answer any questions/issues you have:
Read the rules! Most likely, your question is answered in the rules directly