For baseball and video game fans alike, there are few events in the sporting calendar that stir up quite as much excitement as the release date of the latest game in the MLB: The Show series. This year has proved no different. On April 5th this year, the esteemed developers San Diego Studio released what is the 17th instalment of the MLB: The Show franchise.

This year’s edition of the series features a unique manga style art design as an homage to the much-loved Los Angeles Angels two-way play, Shohei Ohtani, who has been capturing the attention of both fans and bookmakers. Ohtani has been putting in solid performances all year and has been a favorite amongst those scoping out the best MLB odds to lock in at this early stage of the season.

A little over a month after its release, MLB: The Show 22 has proved a hit with fans and video game critics alike. Despite the existence of a few bugs when it was first launched, it has been praised as a worthy addition to the franchise.

In particular, fans have praised the improvements to the gameplay mechanics, as well as expanding the various game modes available. This has helped to create one of the most fun, authentic and comprehensive MLB simulations to hit the shelves in recent years.

The positive reception MLB: The Show 22 has received since it was released has helped to increase the hype for this year’s edition of the Summer Circuit, which was just announced.

Although it may lack the star power of some of the other bigger games in the esports world, MLB: The Show has nevertheless managed to build quite a following in recent years. This season of the Summer Circuit looks to be no different.

The MLB: The Show 22 Summer Circuit is a cross-platform esports competition that is open to anyone over the age of 13 in the US and Canada, and is offered across PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch platforms.

This year’s edition of the Summer Circuit will feature some slight changes, which includes an updated format, a new platform to play on and more chances to win!

The Summer Circuit will kick off with four open qualifiers, with the top 16 players from each qualifier going on to compete in the Grand Finals. These finals will have the best players in North America competing for a whopping $25,000 in total cash prizes. Those players just missing out on a top 16 qualification will be able to try again in any of the remaining qualifiers.

The schedule for the qualifying rounds and the finals are as follows:

  • Qualifier 1: May 21-22
  • Qualifier 2: May 28-29
  • Qualifier 3: June 4-5
  • Qualifier 4: June 11-12
  • Final Rounds: June 18-19

As you can tell, this is a fairly intense schedule! However, the format changes this year should make for an exciting competition. We are particularly excited by the fact that losing out in an early qualifying round will not prevent you from making it to the final rounds. This should help to level the playing field and to give the late-starters a second chance to shine!

In terms of the prizes on offer, in addition to battling it out for the distinct honor of calling yourself the 2022 Summer Circuit Champion, there is also a sizable prize-pot up for grabs.

This includes the following top prize tiers:

  • First Place: $15,000
  • Second Place: $5,000
  • Third Place: $3,000
  • Fourth Place: $2,000

Those not making it into the final four will score the following prizes:

  • 5th – 8th Place: 150,000 MLB: The Show 22 stubs
  • 9th – 16th Place: 67,500 MLB: The Show 22 stubs
  • 17th – 32nd Place: 24,000 MLB: The Show 22 stubs
  • 33rd – 64th Place: 11,000 MLB: The Show 22 stubs

Perhaps best of all, however, the top three finishing players will also win a signed Shohei Ohtani jersey and baseball set, a sizable gift voucher to the MLB shop, and a baseball used in the MLB 2022 Home Derby — not a bad haul for any self-respecting baseball fan!

With all that said, the 2022 edition of the MLB Summer Circuit looks set to be the best one yet. Not only will it feature the biggest prize pot we have seen, the format changes brought in this year will help to increase the quality of the competition overall.

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