The Collegiate Starleague (CSL) is an intercollegiate StarCraft league for North American colleges and universities. The format is modeled after South Korean Proleague, with a regular season and playoff tournament centered around matches between college teams. Twenty-five schools participated in the inaugural season of the CSL and that number has grown to one-hundred and forty four schools by Season 4. Originally corresponding to approximately one semester of university, CSL seasons have grown to encompass the full academic year. Season 4 concluded on March 7, 2011. Season 5 began September 10, 2011 and had their live grand finals on June 3, 2012 at the University of Central Florida.
All students currently enrolled in a North American undergraduate or graduate program are eligible for the CSL. Teams must have a minimum of five verified players before entering the league. Players are cleared for participation by supplying an official school email address.
Players NOT registered as current students can be considered for eligibility under special circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Exceptions can also be made for players from unusually small schools that are affiliated with larger universities.
|Tournament||Date||Winner||Runner-Up||TL Threads||Game Version|
|Season 1||2009-02-15 – 2009-04-26||University of California Berkeley||University of Texas Austin||-||Brood War|
|Season 2||2009-10-09 – 2009-12-19||University of Waterloo||University of California San Diego||Official Thread||Brood War|
|Season 3||2010-02-13 – 2010-05-22||University of California San Diego||Duke University||-||Brood War|
|Season 4||2010-10-22 – 2011-04-07||University of British Columbia||University of Waterloo||Official Thread||Wings of Liberty|
|Season 5||2011-09-10 – 2012-06-03||University of North Texas||University of Washington||Official Thread||Wings of Liberty|
|AZUBU Collegiate Champions||2012-11-10 – 2013-02-03||University of California Berkeley||Chunnam Techno University||Official Thread||Wings of Liberty|
|Spring Season 2013||2013-03-16 – 2013-06-08||University of California Berkeley||Georgia Institute of Technology||Official Thread||Heart of the Swarm|
|Season 7||2013-09-02 – 2014-06-21||University of Western Ontario||University of Toronto||Official Thread||Heart of the Swarm|
|Season 8||2014-10-25 – 2015-04-25||-||Heart of the Swarm|
|1.||University of California Berkeley||3||0||0|
|2.||University of Waterloo||1||1||0|
|2.||University of California San Diego||1||1||0|
|4.||University of British Columbia||1||0||0|
|4.||University of North Texas||1||0||0|
|4.||University of Western Ontario||1||0||0|
|7.||University of Washington||0||1||1|
|8.||University of Texas Austin||0||1||0|
|8.||Chunnam Techno University||0||1||0|
|8.||Georgia Institute of Technology||0||1||0|
|8.||University of Toronto||0||1||0|
- Day played for the University of Southern California in Season 1. In later seasons, he took a Boxer-esque role as coach, mentor, and behind-the-scenes professor of StarCraft.
- qxc's entrance into the SC:BW scene began with his involvement with the Harvey Mudd CSL team. He aced for his team and brought HMC to 10th place in Season 1, narrowly missing the cutoff for playoffs.
- UCSD decided to name their team "Xeris," spawning Xeris_Cheese, Xeris_Jaeyun, and the abominably narcissistic Xeris_Xeris.
- The University of Texas, prior to their championship match against Berkeley in Season 1, cited the following as their worst fear: "Along with Texas, Berkeley has one of the highest percentage of Asians in their student body. So the biggest Unknown and also fear is whether or not their entire lineup is composed of Asians, and whether or not they are better than our all-Asian lineup." 
- During Season 2, CSL was unofficially named CSL+. After realizing the CSL, Inc. tournament was no longer running, the staff at CSL decided to take back their name.
- In Season 3, there were three female coordinators (Carnegie Mellon University, The Ohio State University, and University of Southern California).
- As of August 23, 2010 - there are 10 players playing for the CSL in the top 200: qxc, Stalife, IefNaij, Cheese, ostojiy, MasterAsia, xiaofan, Antimage, SlaineD, and Darrenc.
- After winning SC2 beta keys (Season 2 Grand Prize), the University of Waterloo's players suffered a severe hit to their performance in Season 3 and lost early on in the playoffs.
- CSL was featured in The New York Times in April 2009.
- The Collegiate Starleague Liquipedia page is the first page to reference Combat-EX, breaking an unspoken taboo of Liquipedia editors.
- As of May 12, 2012, there are 24 players playing in the CSL who are in the North American server Grand Master League.
- Just before the Season 5 finals, Tt eSports dropped its sponsorship for the CSL. This move drove the CSL to conduct an emergency fundraiser through raffles.
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- Cunningham, Zoran. "How the Collegiate StarLeague is Changing the Business of eSports" Game Career Guide. Published February 12, 2013.
- Nieva, Richard. "Video Gaming on the Pro Tour, for Glory but Little Gold" The New York Times. Published November 28, 2012.
- Blizzard Entertainment. "Collegiate Starleague Season 6: Bigger and Better" us.battle.net. Published August 17, 2012.
- Moskowitz, Alexander. "Masters of the Craft" The Daily Bruin. Published January 23, 2012.
- Boland, Cody. "'Starcraft' invades Western" The Western Courier. Published November 2, 2011.
- Vinicius Cid. "The UBC Starcraft Club, redefining sport?" Ubyssey. Published October 12, 2011.
- Young, Timothy. "StarCraft 2 eSports explodes at UC Irvine" myUCIrvine - ZOT Report. Published April 10, 2011.
- Johnson, Isanel. "Forget the field, these athletes compete in the virtual world" The Oak Leaf. Published on April 4, 2011.
- Lewis, Ariel. "Out of This World: Oberlin StarCraft Team Is On the Rise" The Oberlin Review. Published on February 18, 2011.
- Garcia, Rachel. "College StarLeague battles it out in the cosmos of Starcraft II" The Daily Bruin. Published on February 3, 2011.
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- Miller, Patrick. "2011: The Year of eSports" PCWorld. Published on December 29, 2010.
- Yan, Vivian. "StarCraft inspires collegiate league at USC" Bamboo Offshoot. Published on December 22, 2010.
- Schneider, Jordan. "STARCRAFT | The Game in space" Yale Daily News. Published on November 4, 2010.
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- Rogers, Carter. "StarCraft: A game of chess, played at hundreds of moves per minute" The Tufts Daily. Published April 2, 2010.
- Eichenlaub, Mark. "Caltech and the Collegiate Starleague" Arcsecond. Published on April 26, 2009.
- Good, Owen. "U.S. Universities Join the Star League" Kotaku. Published April 12, 2009.
- Cohen, Patricia. "Video Game Becomes Spectator Sport" The New York Times. Published April 11, 2009.
- Wallace, Sara. "Game On" The Daily Princetonian. Published on April 2, 2009.
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- Rao, Vikram. "Defilers, dragoons and mutalisks, oh my!" The Daily Princetonian. Published February 11, 2009.
- ↑ "Story" March 2011, accessed 16 June 2011.
- ↑ "Live Grand Finals" April 2012, accessed 6 May 2012.
- ↑ "Rules | Collegiate StarLeague" See: Eligibility. September 2010, accessed on 17 June 2011.
- ↑ "The Ban Hammer Ep3: CombatEX Banned" 25 April 2010, accessed 14 June 2011.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 "The Ban Hammer: UW Removed from CSL" 12 November 2010, accessed 14 June 2011.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Parsi, Duran. "CSL Weekly 8 with Xeris" Starting at 3:30. 1 March 2011, accessed 14 June 2011.
- ↑ "The Ban Hammer: McMaster DQ'd from Playoffs" 14 April 2010, accessed 14 June 2011.
- ↑ "Join USC eSports" 14 August, 2010, accessed 16 June 2011.
- ↑ "Interview CSL Finals: Berkeley versus UTexas" 24 April 2009, accessed 16 June 2011.
- ↑ "Blizzard's Top 200" 23 August 2010.
- ↑ Cohen, Patricia. "Video Game Becomes Spectator Sport" The New York Times. Published 11 April 2009.
- ↑ Players by B.net Accessed on 12 May 2012.