An inter-collegiate Netrek "All-Stars" game was played in
November of 1991 between
people at Carnagie Mellon University and the University of California at
Berkeley. In February of 1992, league play started with a league of 13 teams.
Netrek was almost certainly the first Internet game to have league play,
and at one time or another had leagues not only for
Vanilla/Bronco style Netrek, but for
two of the other variants as well. Leagues ranged in size from
two to at least fourteen teams. Teams sometimes had several members
who worked or went to school together so that they could be in the
same room during a game.
As of 2007, there are no active Netrek leagues. Team play has just
been restarted, with two teams having formed and played their
first games against each other and against the world.
The following leagues have existed in the past:
International Netrek League
The INL had their first games in February of 1992, and played two
or three seasons per year through 2002 (ending with the "Fall/Winter
2002 season", scheduled to run from December 2002 through April of 2003).
Most INL players were from the United States and Canada, though there
were certainly a number of European players and others as well.
INL Home Page
This is just a tad stale.
INL sTaTbOy! Archives
Current and past INL season statistics dating back to Spring 1992
are available here. INL Hall of Twink and Rewl. Game summaries.
The Draft League
A semi-annual (two seasons per year) league dedicated to (and tolerant of)
newer players who have little or no league experience. 2002 was the
most recent year of Draft League play. The
home page is still up.
World Netrek League
The WNL was a league that tried to blend the best of the INL
and the DL, and teams from both other leagues were welcome to play
in WNL games. The WNL played four seasons, Fall 2000 through Spring 2002,
before merging with the INL. The
WNL Home Page
is mostly inoperable, but
display of the the old game statistics may be repaired at some point.
European Netrek League
The ENL was the European-oriented counterpart to the INL. There
were no restrictions preventing non-Europeans from playing in the ENL
and Europeans from playing in the INL; some players
participated in both leagues. The league existed primarily because
for most of the 1990s, trans-continental Internet
connections were quite bad, discouraging European players from
playing in the INL because their server lag impeded their play. The
league folded in the Summer of 1999, by which team the player
base had somewhat eroded, and network performance was less of an issue.
The old ENL Home Page
International Netrek Hockey League
The INHL was a league dedicated to Netrek Hockey. They played
their most recent season in 1998. Home page at http://www.inl.org/inhl/
Paradise Netrek League
Paradise is a different flavor of Netrek that is not, as of 2007,
There was a Paradise league, whose last season was played around 1995.
For more info about Paradise, see the Paradise Netrek Home Page