CSL Grand Finals 2019: Atlantic City


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The Collegiate Starleague 2018-2019 Season will culminate in a two-day LAN finals event on April 27-28 in Atlantic City!

On top of watching the top teams for CS:GO, Dota 2, League of Legends, and Fortnite battle it out for the grand champion title, CSL Finals will have panels, extra tournaments, meet and greets, a job fair, and so much more. So mark your calendars and get ready to join us in Atlantic City or watch the hype go down on stream.

Date: April 27-28th, 2019
Location: The Adrian Phillips Theater, Boardwalk Hall
Address: 2301 BOARDWALK, ATLANTIC CITY, NJ 08401
Tickets: $10 for one day, $15 for the weekend


The 2018-2019 season of CSL reaches its finale with the top 3 teams for CS:GO, Dota 2, League of Legends, and the top 16 teams for Fortnite going up to claim the title of grand champion! Played and casted live at Grand Finals, cheer on your favorite teams in person in Atlantic City or at home on our Twitch streams (https://twitch.tv/cstarleague and https://twitch.tv/cstarleague2).


On top of our league grand finals, additional tournaments will be held at the venue over the two days.

  • Street Fighter V – open 1v1 & collegiate 3v3 format
  • Super Smash Brothers: Ultimate – open to highschool and college students
  • Apex Legends – Open 3-man teams

More information below!
External Link: https://www.cstarleague.com/csgo/news_articles/1017


We’ll be hosting seminars, aimed at helping YOU tackle the challenges that come with organizing collegiate esports!

  • Getting Your School Esports Organization Recognized – Angie Klingsieck, Utah Esports Community Manager
  • How to Host an Event on Your College Campus – Chris Postell, Program Director at UConnect Esports, Co-Founder of AllMid LLC
  • Campus Community Building – Scott Zackman, Competitive Director at Rutgers Esports
  • Leadership Transitions for Clubs – Rudy Delgado, Esports Industry Advisor


We’ll be inviting special guests and hosting an esports industry focused job fair. Stay on the lookout for additional announcements for guests, talents, and companies!


Try your hand at some classic arcade games to compete for prizes; the top scorer for each challenge will win a gaming prize, including game console systems!  Arcade cabinets will also be available for free play, including the following machines:


All open tournaments are open to students of ANY grade level and are free to enter – you only need a general event ticket for entry. Read on for more information on tournament details, including how to register for each specific game tournament.

  • MVC2
  • Street Fighter 3
  • DDR
  • Tetris
  • Nintendo Playchoice 10
  • And more!


There will be two separate tournaments on Saturday and Sunday; form your teams of (3) to prepare to compete for your share of a $5,000 total prize pool! The Apex tournaments are open to students of ANY grade level with a student ID card required for check in; players on the same team do NOT need to be from the same school or grade level.

There is a maximum of 32 team slots available, with 24 online pre-registration slots available and 8 available at the door/for backup pre-registration. To pre-register for one of the 24 slots, email admin@cstarleague.com with your team’s information; priority will be given pre-registration time. Teams may pre-register for Saturday-only, Sunday-only, or both days; teams that pre-register for both days but no-show on one will be deprioritized.

Pre-registration Example Email:

  • Title/Subject
    • CSL Finals – Apex Legends Tournament – Online Pre-registration
  • Body/Text
  • Requested pre-registration for tournament day (Sat, Sun, or both)
    • Team Name
    • Player 1 – Full name, in-game info, school name and abbreviation, student ID number, email
    • Player 2 – Full name, in-game info, school name and abbreviation, student ID number, email
    • Player 3 – Full name, in-game info, school name and abbreviation, student ID number, email


We will be using a point system format, with teams with the highest points in a single game advancing for each round (tiebreaker = report time). Teams may play as many games as they can within each 1 hour round window, however only the single highest score for a team will be tracked for leaderboard/final standing purposes.

Point System:

  • 1 kill = 1 point
  • 1st = 10 points
  • 2nd/3rd = 5 points
  • 4th/5th = 3 points

Schedule (same on each day):

  • 10:30am-10:45am: Check in
  • 11am-3pm: Ro32 (4 blocks of 8 teams)
  • 3pm-5pm: Ro16 (2 blocks of 8 teams)
  • 5pm-6pm: Ro8
  • 6pm-7pm: Ro4
  • 7pm-8pm: Ro2

Prize Pool – $2,500 per day ($5,000 total):

  • 1st – $1,200
  • 2nd – $750
  • Ro4 – $275


We will be running a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 1v1/singles tournament open to all high school and college students on Saturday, April 27. There will be a $5,000 pot bonus on top of the entry fees collected from competitors. Bracket will cap at 512 entrants.

Free play on 32 Nintendo Switch setups will be available all day on Sunday.

Register on Smash.gg

Rules can be found here.


  • 11 AM: Check-in
  • 12 PM: Pools Wave A
  • 2:30 PM: Pools Wave B, Top 64 Wave A
  • 5 PM: Top 64 Wave B
  • 7:30 PM: Top 8


  • 1st – 50%
  • 2nd – 25%
  • 3rd – 10%
  • 4th – 5%
  • 5th – 3.5% x2
  • 7th – 1.5% x2


We’ll be running both 1v1 and collegiate 3v3 brackets in conjunction with Capcom for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition! Each event has a $1,000 pot bonus.

  • 1v1/Freeplay: Saturday
  • Collegiate 3v3: Sunday


Attending the event and interested in helping out?  Besides the experience of working at an esports event, volunteers are eligible for various rewards, including:

  • Free admission to the event
  • CSL Merch
  • Entry into a Staff/Volunteer only raffle
  • Free Food/Parking for the event

Fill out the CSL application or send an email to Justin@cstarleague.com with the title ‘CSL AC Volunteering’ to let us know!