Rays Gaming

At Rays Gaming, we believe in the power of sports, community, and competition. That's why we've created a platform that allows MLB The Show players to test their skills against one another to crown the ultimate champion! Whether you're a seasoned veteran or just starting out, you'll find a welcoming community of like-minded players who share your passion for gaming.

Sunburst Invitational

This season, the Tampa Bay Rays will host the ‘Sunburst Invitational’. The series features two (2) online tournaments, eligible for players of age 13+ in the US and Canada. Winners of each of the two qualifier tournaments will be flown down to Orlando and face off in ‘The Sunburst Showdown’, a final LAN-play tournament at Full Sail University competing for a share of a $10,000 CASH PRIZE!

Sunburst Invitational

Sunburst Circuit Qualifier 2 Early Access

Early access for the Sunburst Circuit Qualifier 2 is now open. Sign up now to be the first to know when registration for Sunburst Circuit Qualifier 2 opens. Signing up for early access does not guarantee a spot in Qualifier 2.

Tournament Dates

Sunburst Circuit (Qualifier #1)

  • Registration Opens: Wednesday, May 10 – Sunday, May 21
  • Tournament Begins: Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, May 28
  • Advancing Rounds: Saturday, June 3 – Sunday, June 4
  • Finals: Saturday, June 10

Sunburst Circuit (Qualifier #2)

  • Registration Opens: Saturday, June 19 – Sunday, July 8
  • Tournament Begins: Saturday, July 15 – Sunday, July 16
  • Advancing Rounds: Saturday, July 22 – Sunday, July 23
  • Finals: Saturday, July 29

Sunburst Showdown (Championship)

  • Monday, August 28, 2023 (Full Sail University)

The finals of the Sunburst Circuit Qualifier tournaments and the Sunburst Showdown LAN Championship will be broadcasted live across the Tampa Bay Rays TikTok, Twitch, and YouTube channels.

Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. THIS IS A CONTEST OF SKILL. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. The 2023 Rays Gaming “Sunburst Circuit” (the “Tournament”) is an esports tournament for players of Sony Interactive Entertainment, MLB The Show® ’23 video game on the PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 (“PlayStation”) or the Xbox Series S or Xbox Series X (“Xbox”) consoles (each, a “Console”).

The Tournament is sponsored and administered by both Rays Baseball Club LLC (“the Rays” or “Sponsor”) and Grilla (“Grilla”) (together, the “Administrator”).

The Tournament is only offered to legal residents of the United States and Canada (including Quebec) (the "Tournament Area"). Void outside the Tournament Area, including without limitation Puerto Rico, all other U.S. territories and possessions and overseas military installations, and locations where prohibited or restricted by law. IF ANY PLAYER (DEFINED BELOW) IS FOUND TO BE INELIGIBLE OR IS DISQUALIFIED AT ANY STAGE (DEFINED BELOW) OF THE TOURNAMENT HE OR SHE WILL NOT PROCEED TO THE NEXT ROUND OF THE TOURNAMENT AND, IF APPLICABLE, MAY BE REQUIRED TO RETURN ANY PRIZE AWARDED AND RECEIVED, OR ITS CASH EQUIVALENT, IN FULL WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS OF NOTIFICATION BY THE ADMINISTRATOR.

Note: If you are a Finalist (defined below), you must be willing and able to attend the Finals Event in person at your own expense to remain eligible. In the event that the Rays conclude that the health, safety or well-being of participants, employees of the Rays or Grilla, or the general public weighs against requiring in-person participation in or presence at the Finals Event (defined below), the Rays reserve the right, in their sole and absolute discretion, to determine whether and how the Finals Event may be conducted so as to most preserve the fairness and integrity of the Tournament. In such case, the Rays in their sole and absolute discretion may allow remote or virtual participation by some or all otherwise eligible participants during the Finals Event (e.g. to convert the Finals Event to a completely virtual event or to a partially virtual or “hybrid” event) and/or to suspend, postpone or otherwise modify the Finals Event as the Rays, in their sole and absolute discretion, deem fair and appropriate under the circumstances. Participants acknowledge and agree that the decisions of the Rays in all such respects shall be final and finding. Any such changes will be communicated via the Tournament Page (defined below), and participants will still be required to comply in all other respects with the participation and other requirements set forth in these Official Rules. This paragraph does not limit in any way the Rays’ right or ability to suspend, modify or terminate the Tournament under any other provision of these Official Rules.

The Tournament is subject to all federal, state, provincial, and local laws. The Administrator shall be entitled to interpret these Official Rules as the Administrator, in its sole and absolute discretion, deems it necessary, including but not limited to rules regarding registrations, game play or other deadlines, Finalist or winner determination, prize restrictions, and eligibility, and all its decisions are final and binding in all Tournament-related matters. By participating, you (or your parent/guardian if you are a Minor (defined below) irrevocably, fully, and unconditionally agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Administrator and waive any right to claim ambiguity in these Official Rules or any other Tournament-related advertising or materials.


All participants (each, a Player) will use the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S Console for game play. The Final Event will utilize only the Play Station 5 for gameplay.

The Tournament will commence with two separate tournaments (the “Online Qualifier Rounds”), each available to all persons. The winner of each of the Online Qualifier Rounds (each, a “Finalist”) will compete in a final tournament (the “Finals Event”) to determine the winner. The Final Event will consist of a live competition in Orlando, Florida, United States of America. A Finalist must attend the Finals Event to remain eligible to win.

Grilla will organize the administer the online Qualifier Round with oversight by the Rays. The Rays will organize the Finals Event with assistance from Grilla


To be eligible, each person registering for the Tournament (each, a “Player”) as of the date of registration and at all times during the Tournament, must:

  1. Be at least Thirteen (13) years, a legal resident of the Tournament Area (above), and physically located in the Tournament Area;
  2. A valid account on PlayStation®Network (“PSN Account”) and an associated PSN ID, a valid account on Xbox Live (“Xbox Live Account”) and an associated Gamertag (“Xbox Live Gamertag”), All players must have access to a Play Station 4 or PlayStation 5 console, Xbox Series S or Xbox Series X Console
  3. A valid subscription to PlayStation®Plus if competing on a PS4 or PS5 console, a valid subscription to Xbox Live Gold if competing on an Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
  4. Have a current Grilla account (a “Grilla Account”) in good standing and access to the Internet;
  5. Own or have access to an authorized copy of the San Diego Studios™ MLB THE SHOW ®23 (“MLB The Show 23”) for the Console. Next-Gen version (Xbox Series S or Xbox Series X version) or (PlayStation 5 version).

This Tournament is only open to legal residents physically located in the North American Region who meet the criteria set forth above and as follows. Any Player who has not yet reached the age of majority in such Player’s state/province/country and is at least the age of thirteen (13) (each, a “Minor”) will need to have created an account on the platform on which they would like to compete and must have created this account in accordance with their chosen platform’s Term of Service. Prior to entering this tournament, a minor must obtain the permission of their parent/legal guardian in order to enter and play, and must be accompanied by their parent/legal guardian (a “Guardian”) in the event of any in- person activities, and if the Player wins a Prize, that Prize will be awarded in the name of such Player’s Guardian.