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Rays Gaming, Rare Drop and Full Sail University host the inaugural Sunburst Classic Championship

“Zazzi” takes first place in the first-ever LAN event “MLB The Show 23”, a milestone

WINTER PARK, Fla., Aug. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Today, Rays Gaming, Rare Drop and Full Sail University hosted the inaugural Sunburst Classic Championship. This groundbreaking event was the first ever LAN event to feature MLB The Show 23. Live streamed from Full Sail University Orlando Health Fortress, competitor “Zazzi” took first place and received $8,000 while “Bayko” took home a $2,000 award for second place.

This summer’s Sunburst Classic Championship, presented by Orlando Health, featured winners “Zazzi” and “Bayko” from Sunburst Circuit. Both were flown to Orlando on Monday, August 28 where they competed live at the Full Sail University Orlando Health Fortress Esports Arena on campus on “MLB The Show 23”. The largest collegiate esports arena in the country, this state-of-the-art venue features a 10 million pixel LED wall to support dynamic visual presentations and graphics, and a concert-grade PA system. Armed with a never-before-seen in-arena digital baseball diamond bearing the iconic Rays logo, players entered the tournament and competed for first place. At the start of the event, “Bayko” won the first round, but “Zazzi” emerged victorious after winning both the second and third rounds.

Additionally, as part of the event, the Tampa Bay Rays Gaming Program awarded a $7,500 scholarship to Jagger Fenwick, a Full Sail University Game Business & Esports undergraduate student who is currently a Full Sail Armada member of the Caster roster the university is.

“Building the Sunburst Classic Championship alongside Rays Gaming and Rare Drop has been an absolute pleasure – their knowledge of the esports and gaming industry, high capacity in event production and expertise in fan engagement makes this event a Elite inaugural event really comes to life with MLB The Show 23,” said Bennett Newsome, director of Esports Growth & Development. “The energy emanating from the Fortress was exciting both in space and stream. Congratulations to this year’s winner, Zazzi, and congratulations to our student scholarship recipients.”

“The Rays Gaming program is another example of how we’re trying to reach new audiences through technology, and we hope to continue to grow the program and engage our fans in this space,” said Bill Walsh, Rays Chief Business Officer. “Thank you to Full Sail University and Rare Drop for all their help in running not only this Championship but also our qualifiers. Congratulations to all participants, winners Zazzi and Bayko and grantee Jagger Fenwick.”

With the hosting of the Sunburst Classic Championship, the Rays Gaming Program continues to engage new and current audiences through technology and gaming. Working in partnership with Rare Drop and Full Sail University, the three organizations managed to take the championship tournament to the next level, demonstrated by high event production skills, knowledge of the esports industry and a genuine passion for gaming became.

About Rays Gaming
At Rays Gaming we believe in the power of sport, community and competition. That’s why we created a platform that allows MLB The Show players to pit their skills against each other 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. To learn more visit: https://www.mlb.com/rays/fans/rays-gaming

About Full Sail University
Full Sail University is an award-winning educational guide for those pursuing a career in entertainment media and emerging technology. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has received awards throughout its more than 40-year history, most recently being named a 2023 Top Game Design School by The Princeton Review and being named School/College of the Year by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and colleges. Full Sail University is an institution that awards graduate and undergraduate degrees and offers on-campus and online programs in arts and design, business, film and television, games, media and communications, music and recording, sports and technology offers. With over 91,578 graduates worldwide, Full Sail alumni have worked on countless award-winning projects with individual recognition, including Oscar®, Emmy®, Grammy®, Addy® and The Game Award honors.
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Casey Tanous, Full Sail University, 407-310-2497, [email protected]https://www.fullsail.edu

DeAnna Ward, Tampa Bay Rays, 813.380.9677, [email protected]

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