The Free Fire World Series 2021 that is scheduled to be held in Singapore from May 22 to May 29, 2021, will be not allowing the Indian teams to participate and are completely excluded from travelling for the same. This comes as a major shocker in the Free Fire mobile esports industry for India as the reason behind denying entry to the qualified teams from India is the travel restrictions put up by the Government of Singapore.
The official statement read as follows:
On Thursday evening, dated April 22, the Singapore Government imposed an indefinite travel ban on all long-term pass holders as well as short-term visitors with recent travel history to India within the last 14 days. Starting from April 23, 11:59 PM defaulters shall not be allowed to enter or transit through the country anymore.
This move taken by the Government of Singapore can be considered as a precaution as India is currently suffering from the second wave of COVID-19 with 333k+ new cases hitting up in a single day, taking the overall tally of cases beyond 16.3M within the country.
Free Fire India’s response
Garena Free Fire India Official has released an announcement on their socials expressing their disappointment and empathy with the teams representing India, namely, Team Elite and Galaxy Racers Esports over this travel restriction. As such, it has decided to award both the teams a share of the Prize Pool in recognition of their efforts and achievements in qualifying for the World Series.
The company also stated clearly its firm belief in prioritising the safety and well being of all involved as they look to work following the various health authorities present worldwide. Still a month to go, we should wait and see whether there will be any changes to the same.
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