CSL Esports, a Playfly Sports company, has announced a multi-company partnership with The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), a 501(c)(3) and North America’s largest association of Varsity esports programs, Nerd Street, North America’s largest esports infrastructure company, and Mainline, the leading software company in collegiate esports, to establish NACE Starleague, which will become the largest collegiate esports league in North America with more than 14,500 students from 600 colleges and universities.
New for 2021 – 2022
- Two Competitive Seasons Per Year (Fall and Spring), each with prizing and respective championship events
- Awards ceremony celebrating the best in collegiate esports from the previous year
- Peer Oversight – Critical decision-making by schools, for schools
- Schools will now be directly involved (through elected member groups) in defining our competitive structure and rulesets, resolving code of conduct violations, and more.
- More league broadcasts and coverage
- Return to In-person play in partnership with Nerd Street
New Tournament Platform
All NACE Starleague matches will be run on the Mainline tournament platform, the preferred collegiate esports tournament software platform in North America.
Changes to School Eligibility
- The Star division is now the Varsity division.
- In addition to our standard academic eligibility requirements (full-time enrollment, academic good standing), all schools competing in the Varsity division must be either NACE Members or NACE Affiliates.
What is a NACE Affiliate?
A NACE Affiliate in a non-NACE member institution whose primary point of contact is an employee of the institution (this could be a faculty advisor, an athletic director or coach, or some other equivalent school administrator), and whose students meet all other standard academic eligibility requirements for participation. NACE Affiliates are eligible to compete in the Varsity division.
For the 2021-2022 Fall and Spring seasons, all schools that are accepted as NACE Affiliates are eligible for complimentary participation in the Varsity division, funded by Playfly Sports.
To apply to become a NACE Affiliate please click here. Each school only needs to apply once (not once per team).
Current NACE Members
If you’re already a NACE member you’re immediately eligible for Varsity and do not have to go through the verification process. Playfly Sports will not cover membership dues of current and former NACE members.
Who can play?
NACE Starleague is open to full-time “good standing” students enrolled at accredited colleges or universities in the US and Canada. The definition of “full-time” and “good standing” is determined on a per school basis, but typically is the equivalent of at least 12 credit hours per semester and a 2.0 GPA. Some exceptions apply. Eligibility requirements apply to all divisions of play.