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
- Beauty Cartiers: Sweet Selfie HD
- Beauty Camera Selfie Camera
- Equalizer-Bass Booster & Vohime FQ &Virtualizer
- Music Player Music Mp3 Player
- Equalizer & Bass Booster-Music Volume EQ
- Music Plus- MP3 Player
- Equalizer Pro-Volume Booster & Bass Booster
- Video Player Media All Format
- Music Player-Equalizer & MP3
- Volume Booster-Loud Speaker & Sound Booster
- Music Player-MP3 Player
- CamCand for SalesForce Ent
- Isoland 2: Ashes of Time Lite
- Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade
- ISAPUS Security HD (Pad Version)
- Parallel Space Lite 32 Support
- Viva Video Editor-Snack Video Maker with Music.
- Nice video baidu
- Tencent Xriver
- Onmyoji Chess
- Onmyoji Arena
- Dual Space Lite-Multiple Accounts & Clone App
- Dual Space Pro-Multiple Accounts & Clone App
- DualSpace Lite-32Bit Support
- Dual Space-32Ba Support
- Dual Space-64Bit Support
- Dual Space Pro-32Bit Support
- Conquer Online-MMORPG Game
- Conquer Online Il
- Live Weather & Radar-Alerts
- Notes-Color Notepad. Notebook
- MP3 Cutter-Ringtone Maker & Audio Cutter
- Voice Recorder & Voice Changer
- Barcode Scanner-QR Code Scan
- Lica Cam-selfie camera app
- EVE Echoes
- UU Game Booste-network solution for high ping
- Extraordinary Ones
- Stck Fight: The Game Mobile
- Twilight Prioneers
- CuteU: Match With The World
- Small World Enjoy group chat and video chat
- CuteU Pro
- 47 FancyU-Video Chat & Meetup
- RealU Go Live, Make Friends
- MounChat Enjoy Video Chais
- Reall Lite-video to live!
- Wink Connect Now
- FunChat Meet People Around You
- Fancy U pro- Instant Meetup through Video chat!
- 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.
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.