Disclaimer: I do not own Unreal Tournament. Some of the people portrayed in this are not mine. I do not own any of the UT levels.
On with the show!
The tournament was presented as entertainment. People would be given armor, a weapon, and training, and they would be sent to a location with others like them to fight to the death. This was then broadcast over television as a show not unlike wrestling. Everyone believed it was just as fake. In reality, they were prisoners, convicted murderers who would rather fight for their lives than be simply executed. When they died, they were transported back to a location off of the grounds for the fight, where they were brought back to life, god-knows-how, and sent back into the tournament to continue fighting. If a person died 20 times in one round, they were not revived, and instead were left dead, and disposed of. It was an efficient way of keeping the prison's occupant level down.
And they called him crazy.