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Free Fire to officially relaunch in India as Free Fire India on September 5, 2023

A comeback is official!

Exciting news is on the horizon, as Garena Free Fire is gearing up for a relaunch in India on September 5, 2023, under the name Free Fire India. Partnering with Yotta for Local Data Storage, one of the most popular Battle Royale games in India will be delightfully joining the unban with another title in the genre, Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI), which released on May 29th this year.

It was leaked earlier that Free India is set to make its return soon

The ban on Garena’s Free Fire, along with 11 other games was announced by the Indian Government in 2022 which followed the game’s removal from the App Store. Despite the fact that Free Fire was developed and published by Garena, a company based in Singapore, and its parent company, Sea Ltd, also originated from the same location, the ban was linked to the presence of developers and publishers associated with China within the company’s structure.

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However, a year after the ban, on August 25th, Free Fire’s newly appointed PR agency unintentionally disclosed the potential return of the game. A mistake resulted in the inadvertent sharing of this unannounced information, and it surfaced for a while.

Despite their efforts to retract the email, the original tweet from the Twitter user who had posted it was subsequently deleted. This incident further solidified the notion that the game’s reentry was drawing near, and finally, without much of a delay, we got the official announcement.

MS Dhoni named ambassador and playable character, big plans for Indian Esports

As a part of the announcement, Garena has also introduced Indian cricket icon and World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni as the new brand ambassador for Free Fire India. He will also be showcased in-game as a playable character named Thala, the nickname for him.

Dhoni will be accompanied by other prominent sports figures, including football captain Sunil Chhetri, badminton champion Saina Nehwal, tennis legend Leander Paes, and Kabaddi champion Rahul Chaudhari, with the plans on them arriving as characters left unannounced.

Also, Garena revealed that the Free Fire India Championship (FFIC) will occur later this month. Teams from all over India can participate, with the victor gaining a chance to represent India at the Free Fire World Series in Thailand this November. More details about FFIC and other esports initiatives dedicated to Free Fire India will be shared in the upcoming weeks.

From the announcements, there is no doubt that Free Fire India is looking to bank on the players in the region once again, and after its launch on September 5th on both Android, which has opened pre-registrations, and iOS, will aim to gather its players back. The future looks bright for Indian Esports as well, given the championship will kickstart just a month after launch.

What are your thoughts on Free Fire officially getting a relaunch in India as Free Fire India on September 5, 2023? Let us know your opinions in the comments below!

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