Garena Free Fire – Illuminate is among 54 other apps that were banned by India earlier today, according to the report. One of the biggest mobile games in the world, Free Fire, which has a huge presence and player base in India has been removed from both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store in the country. On the other hand, Free Fire MAX although not available for iOS users can still be downloaded by Android users.
Other games that have been banned along with Free Fire include Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade, Astracraft, Badlanders, none of which are esports titles. The Indian government had previously banned 118 apps in September 2020.
Free Fire has been banned by the Government of India along with 53 other apps
On the 12thorder In February, Free Fire was removed from the Apple App Store and just a day later on the 13thorder In February, it was also removed from the Google Play Store.
Now it is reported that the game has been banned by the Government of India in the country as part of 54 apps that were previously embargoed on the 14th.order February. However, a newer improved version of the game, Free Fire MAX, continues to officially launch for Android users through the Google Play Store.
Previously, many people had suggested that Free Fire on these two online app stores is no longer available with Garena facing a lawsuit by Krafton, who accused them of copying PUBG Mobile. Additionally, Krafton also sued both Apple and Google for distributing the title. But that is clearly not the case, as this title is caught in the latest wave of bans issued by the Government of India.
Although no official statement has been released by the developers since these reports emerged, Garena has previously publicly made the following comment regarding the situation regarding its unavailability. :
Other apps that have been banned by GOI include photo editing apps, music related apps, video editing apps, social apps and other games including Conquer Online – Game MMORPG, Rise of Kingdoms : Lost Crusade, Onmyoji Chess, etc
According to journalist Sarvesh Mathi of MedianamaGarena Free Fire, which is on a circulating blacklist, could have been blocked under Section 9(1) of the IT Code instead of Section 69A of the IT Act.
The government has yet to make an official statement on these bans.
https://afkgaming.com/mobileesports/news/free-fire-reportedly-banned-in-india-free-fire-max-unaffected-for-android-users The Indian government said the ban on Garena Free Fire in this country