Garena cancelled the Free Fire World Series 2021 due to the safety concerns of the players. Garena had to take this step due to the recent hike in COVID-19 cases. Moreover, Garena also cancelled the FFWS 2020 due to the same reason.
Garena said that the health and safety of everyone involved in the tournament is the top priority. Garena took this decision after considering all the options.
In a statement, Garena said, “The World Series stands as Free Fire’s largest and most exciting esports offline tournament. The growing safety concerns, however, have made it challenging to provide players and fans both an enjoyable yet safe offline esports experience.”
Garena cancelled Free Fire World Series 2021 due to COVID-19
According to the rumours, Mexico was the venue for the Free Fire World Championship 2021. However, Garena did not officially confirm this.
The third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has hit Mexico with the delta variant of the virus. Moreover, in Mexico, the Health Ministry detected 21,250 new cases in a single day on the 24th of August.
Garena helds Free Fire World Series twice a year, and it is one of the toughest competitions in Mobile games. However, Garena successfully concluded an offline event in Singapore earlier this year. Eighteen teams joined this event for the prize pool of a whopping $2 million.
Last year, Garena cancelled FFWS 2020 due to the same reason. However, Garena replaced it with the Free Fire Continental Series. The players had to play the FFCS 2020 online rather than on LAN, and it was in three different regions namely EMEA, America and Asia.
Although it is sad news that Garena cancelled such a big event, it was for the health safety of the players. However, it will be exciting to see whether Garena will replace the Free Fire World Series 2021 with some smaller regional events. If Garena is planning to do so, hopefully it will be announced soon.