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Free Fire has been banned by the Indian Government along with 11 other games

The game is included in the 54 apps banned by the Indian Government

The Indian Government has gone on a banning spree again, taking 54 apps off the Play Store and App Store as reported by ANI News and ET Now, among others. And a list provided by ET Now has big names which have been banned, like Garena Free Fire – Illuminate, Onmyoji Arena, Badlanders, and Eve Echoes (NetEase and CCP Games’ space-based MMO), among others.

The speculations behind Free Fire’s disappearance from Google Play and App Store has finally a valid reason.

Complete list of the 54 apps and games banned in India in February 2022

Here’s the complete list of 54 newly banned apps and games

  1. Beauty Cartiers: Sweet Selfie HD
  2. Beauty Camera Selfie Camera
  3. Equalizer-Bass Booster & Vohime FQ &Virtualizer
  4. Music Player Music Mp3 Player
  5. Equalizer & Bass Booster-Music Volume EQ
  6. Music Plus- MP3 Player
  7. Equalizer Pro-Volume Booster & Bass Booster
  8. Video Player Media All Format
  9. Music Player-Equalizer & MP3
  10. Volume Booster-Loud Speaker & Sound Booster
  11. Music Player-MP3 Player
  12. CamCand for SalesForce Ent
  13. Isoland 2: Ashes of Time Lite
  14. Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade
  15. ISAPUS Security HD (Pad Version)
  16. Parallel Space Lite 32 Support
  17. Viva Video Editor-Snack Video Maker with Music.
  18. Nice video baidu
  19. Tencent Xriver
  20. Onmyoji Chess
  21. Onmyoji Arena
  22. AppLock
  23. Dual Space Lite-Multiple Accounts & Clone App
  24. Dual Space Pro-Multiple Accounts & Clone App
  25. DualSpace Lite-32Bit Support
  26. Dual Space-32Ba Support
  27. Dual Space-64Bit Support
  28. Dual Space Pro-32Bit Support
  29. Conquer Online-MMORPG Game
  30. Conquer Online Il
  31. Live Weather & Radar-Alerts
  32. Notes-Color Notepad. Notebook
  33. MP3 Cutter-Ringtone Maker & Audio Cutter
  34. Voice Recorder & Voice Changer
  35. Barcode Scanner-QR Code Scan
  36. Lica Cam-selfie camera app
  37. EVE Echoes
  38. Astracraft
  39. UU Game Booste-network solution for high ping
  40. Extraordinary Ones
  41. Badlanders
  42. Stck Fight: The Game Mobile
  43. Twilight Prioneers
  44. CuteU: Match With The World
  45. Small World Enjoy group chat and video chat
  46. CuteU Pro
  47. 47 FancyU-Video Chat & Meetup
  48. RealU Go Live, Make Friends
  49. MounChat Enjoy Video Chais
  50. Reall Lite-video to live!
  51. Wink Connect Now
  52. FunChat Meet People Around You
  53. Fancy U pro- Instant Meetup through Video chat!
  54. Garena Free Fire Illuminate

Players finally have confirmation regarding Free Fire being banned in India

This finally provides confirmation for why the game has gone completely offline only in one country and also reveals that Krafton’s lawsuit was not the reason for the game’s removal. Although Free Fire Max is still available on the App Store, Free Fire has been removed and its servers are not running any longer. Several players had already started having issues playing the game the day before it was removed.

The App Store removed Free Fire Max as well. Now Free Fire is developed and published by Garena, which is based in Singapore alongside its parent company although most if not all the other apps are from developers and publishers based out of China. 

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Free Fire was removed from App Store a few days ago (Image via Garena/App Store)

This could potentially mean good news for Free Fire players for a couple of reasons. First off, Free Fire Max, which is mostly a graphical upgrade to Free Fire, is not on that list. Secondly, this wasn’t a DMCA so the game hasn’t lost the lawsuit to Krafton and can still be rereleased by circumventing the ban legally the same way PUBG Mobile made a comeback in the country through BGMI after the PUBG Mobile ban.

India is a region that’s really important to Garena as it strongly contributes to the Free Fire player base so they probably would work on bringing the game back. All that being said, players finally have some clarification on the matter and for now, the game’s future in this country continues to hang in limbo.

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