Unreal Tournament 2003 was released October 1, 2002 by Atari. Unreal Tournament 2003 is a first person shooter mainly configured for multiplayer.
In 2291, consensual murder is legalized, opening the way for a previously underground event. Smaller mining companies have been running smaller matches to channel aggression, but now the Liandri Mining Corporation established a professional league, which quickly proves to be an extremely lucrative way of public entertainment.
Liandri entered into the Tournament, as it is officially called, sponsoring their own team, the Corrupt. The Corrupts’ leader, Xan Kriegor, quickly achieved champion status and held it for two years. In 2293, a human named Malcolm dethroned him and became champion himself. A huge media figure, Malcolm is hailed as the biggest star in human history and is worshipped as a god.
His success nets great rewards for his sponsoring corporation, attracting the attention of jealous rivals both in the arenas of the Tournament and in the corridors of power a galaxy away. Liandri attempted to win back the champion title with Xan MK2 but failed (unknown to the other contestants, each member of the Corrupt is purely robotic, including Xan).
This game rivaled Quake III Arena for popularity which is quite a feat.
Unreal Tournament 2004 was released the following year.