One of the most popular battle royale eSports games, Free Fire, will return to India after a year-long ban. 

Developed and published by Singaporean company Garena, Free Fire is a free to play battle royale game and first released on December 8, 2017.  It is currently available for both Android and iOS users.

Free Fire has Battle Royale and Clash Squad as the two main game modes. In the Battle Royale mode, as many as 50 gamers are released on an island and must battle to be the last one standing. 

On the other hand, Clash Squad is a team-based mode where two teams of four players each compete against one another in a best-of-five series. 

Earlier in February 2022, the Indian government banned 54 Chinese applications including Free Fire citing threats to national security and privacy and espionage concerns. 

Free Fire Unban date

Garena has now announced that Free Fire will return to the Indian market and will be relaunched as Free Fire India on September 5, 2023. 

The Indian version of Free Fire will be tailored in accordance to the Indian audience and players. This new version will have safety features like prompts or reminders to take breaks, parental control, and time limits, to name a few. 

As per reports, the battle royale game will be an India-exclusive application named as Free Fire India APK (FF India APK file). It will become available for download on Play Store and App Store on September 5.

The developer has further stated that gamers need not search the internet for the FF India APK file anymore, as they can download it directly from the Play Store and App Store from September 5, 2023.

“Free Fire India will be an India-exclusive app. It will come with content and features that are specific to the Indian Markets,” Garena senior manager and game producer Vaibhav Das Mundhra said in an interview.

Free Fire Pre-Registration Steps

Gamers can pre-register for the upcoming Free Fire India game. All interested players simply need to click on the link and land on the official pre-registration page on their Google Play Store. Thereafter, gamers need to click on the Install option. A flash message will let you know that the game will automatically install when it’s available.

Meanwhile, Free Fire India has roped in former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as their brand ambassador in order to promote the popular esports game in the country. Apart from Dhoni, the likes of Sunil Chhetri and Leander Paes have also joined forces to collaborate with Free Fire India for its relaunch.

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