The Indian government has banned 54 apps in the country, including the popular battle royale game Free Fire. Therefore, the title is currently not available on the Google Play Store and App Store. However, it is still available for download on the samsung-galaxy-store.
The Ministry of Electronics and IT of India it stated that the banned apps pose a threat to the privacy and security of Indian citizens. The Government also reported that these applications transfer sensitive data of Indian users to servers in China.
This is the fifth batch of apps banned by the Government of India since June 2020. 56 games have been banned, mainly from China-based developers and publishers, including PUBG Mobile. It should be noted that, Free Fire has been a great success in India. The game was number 1 in the segment of battle royale mobile in the Asian country by downloads and income.
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Players who already have Free Fire installed on their device Android or iPhone they can still play in India without VPN. However, it is not clear how long this will be.
On the other hand, ban free fire caused Sea Ltd. (the Chinese company that ‘owns’ Garena, so to speak) to drop 19% on Wall Street on Valentine’s Monday morning. Although the title represents less than 10% of Sea Ltd.’s revenue, it is still a blow to the company focused on gaming and e-commerce.