Not a Day Over One Million
The enigmatic yet charismatic Grandmaster has lived millions of years by his own reckoning. At some point in his long life he developed a fascination with staging games and entertainment for others to participate in and honed it into what he calls the Contest of Champions. Having chosen the planet Sakaar, a world surrounded by unstable space inhabited by wormholes, to set up his Contest, the Grandmaster became a hedonistic, eccentric tyrant to Sakaar’s people until he was overthrown during a rebellion.
As he himself explained it, the rules of the Contest of Champions were simple and straightforward: whatever contender defeated the current champion earned their freedom. Unfortunately, the Grandmaster’s overwhelming desire to manipulate others drove him to cheat at his own games to ensure an outcome to his liking.