Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

4 Weeks Swiss League (Best of one)
Top 4 Elimination (Best of three)

Format subject to change based on final signups



Online - Please join NSE Alumni Discord


Alumni Arena Season 1: League of Legends is an alumni only tournament. Teams need a majority of the players to be have attended the same university. For example, the team that plays each week can have subs and changes throughout the season, but the majority of the players must have been to the same university.


Played in NSE before?
If you already have an NSE account from when you were playing in BUEC, you should have an alumni account. If your NSE account is still using your student email, we recommend you replace it with your personal email.

Not played in an NSE tournament before?
No worries - you can make an account and then fill in the form here with verification to prove your university alumni status. If you’re having trouble, please email Some examples of what you can use as proof: degree certificate, student card, screenshot of student finance etc.

How sign up players to your team
As we are allowing mixed university teams adding new players to teams requires admin approval. To add players to team please use this form, and we can add them to your team. During the sign-up period, all requests from this form will be manually updated by NSE staff within 24 hours. During tournament seasons, all requests from this form will be manually updated by NSE staff on Sunday evenings.

Final Format may change based on signups. CS:GO Alumni Arena Season one will be split into 2 stages running for a total of 6 weeks.

Stage 1 - League Stage

During the league stage pairings will be decided using the Swiss system. In the first round teams will be paired randomly then in subsequent rounds teams will be paired to play a team with the same or similar number of games won. During the Swiss stage each team will play two Bo1 matches per week.

Stage 2 - Playoffs

The 4 teams with the most points in the Swiss stage will qualify for the Bo3 Semifinals with the winners advancing to Finals.


1st Place £250 Team and £250 donation majority university Gaming/Esports Society
2nd Place £150 Team and £150 donation majority university Gaming/Esports Society
3rd Place £100 Team and £100 donation majority university Gaming/Esports Society

You are not eligible to enter this tournament


Team eligibility
  • All players must be alumni students. To be considered a alumni by NSE you must have attended university for at least one year.
  • Current students may not compete in Alumni Arena
  • The majority university is the Alma mater of the player who created the team.
  • Teams must have a least 3 players who attended majority university play in each match.
  • Teams must have at least 5 players. Teams may add/remove players from team between weeks.
  • Third party players (players from Universities other than Majority) must be manually requested using the NSE CSGO third party player request form
  • Third party players may not compete for 2 different universities in one season.

General Rules

  • If teams are more than 20 minutes late they will forfeit a map.
  • Check-in deadline is 6:30pm. Teams who don't check-in will not get games for that evening.
  • Offensive player and team names are not allowed.
  • Verbal abuse is not allowed. In particular any use of racist, sexist, homophobic or any other discriminatory language will lead to a minimum 3-week suspension.
  • All games should be played on the servers provided. Complete server settings can be found in the full rules.
  • Custom player models are not allowed.
  • The following in-game overlays are authorised, all others are forbidden:
    • cl_showpos 1
    • cl_showfps 1
    • net_graph 1
    • cl_showdemooverlay 1 / -1
  • Using pause during a round is forbidden (freezetime and once a round has been concluded does not count as during).
  • Teams are allowed four 30 second tactical pauses per map. Teams may also pause to resolve technical issues.
  • Teams may use coach spectator slot on the server. Coaches must be from the same university as players.
  • Jump + Throw grenade binds are allowed.

The tournament will only begin if a minimum of 8 teams have signed up.

Map Veto - Best of Three

The higher seeded team can elect to be Team A or Team B within the following process:

  1. Team A bans 1 map
  2. Team B bans 1 map
  3. Team A picks the map for game 1 and Team B has side choice
  4. Team B picks the map for game 2 and Team A has side choice
  5. Team B bans 1 map
  6. Team A picks the third map and Team B has side choice

Map Veto - Best of One

The higher seeded team can elect to be Team A or Team B within the following process:

  • Starting with Team A, teams take turns to veto one map until only one map remains.
  • Choice of side starting side will be determined by a knife round.

All matches will be run using the current active duty map pool.

Dates Tournament Stage
Sunday 7th Nov Sign-Ups Close
Tuesday 9th Nov Week 1 Swiss
Tuesday 16th Nov Week 2 Swiss
Tuesday 23rd Nov

Week 3 Swiss

Sunday 30th Nov


Sunday 7th Dec


All games will be played Tuesday evening and cannot be rearranged. Games will have a normal start time of 7.15pm.