Free Fire Ban in India affected Garena and its audience a lot. The game’s major audience is from India. However, the ban did not affect the game’s popularity worldwide.
Garena Free Fire became the most downloaded game on the Google Play Store in February 2022.
FF Downloads :
Sensor Tower’s reports suggest that Free Fire recorded a total of 21.8 million downloads. There has been an increase in downloads by 22.7% since February 2021.
Meanwhile, Subway Surfers and Merge Master stayed at the second and third positions.
Sybo Games’ Subway Surfers secured 19.5 million installs, which shows a 45.3 percent increase from February 2021.
After that, Merge Master, Candy Crush Saga and Roblox have made their spot in the top 5 games. PUBG Mobile isn’t far behind, and has secured 6th position.
FF was the most downloaded game of January 2022 also, with 24 million installs.
Free Fire Ban in India :
Garena Free Fire suddenly disappeared from the Google Play Store on 12 February. Most fans thought that it was a technical issue. Garena was looking into the matter.
Later on news came that the government of India has banned 55 apps including FF. The ban was imposed to ensure cyber security. The list had 54 other Chinese apps and clones.
Currently, there are no updates on the return of the game. Garena will have to explain the involvement of the Chinese studio and data sharing to the court.
Only after cetain procedures, the government may allow the game. The latest game FF Max is still working as it wasn’t on the list.
To sum up, FF has been consistently growing in popularity. It also won the ‘Esports Mobile Game of the Year’ title at Esports Awards 2021. Hopefully, Indian fans will get it back soon.