India Excluded from Free Fire World Series in Singapore!
May 5, 2021
The decision comes as a result of the current COVID-19 crisis in the country.
Garena Free Fire, a battle Royale game by 111 Dots Studio and published by Garena, rose to fame during 2019. Being the most downloaded mobile game at the time, Garena Free Fire was also awarded the “Best Popular Vote Game” the same year by Google Playstore.
The first ever global tournament for Garena Free Fire is scheduled for May 22nd and 29th this year and is something for fans to look forward to after the COVID-19 lockdown began. The ‘Free Fire World Series (FFWS)’ is set to take place in Singapore with a lot many countries participating.
Unfortunately, due to the 2nd wave of COVID-19 in many countries of the South Asian region, the Singapore government made an announcement on April 22nd that no one with recent history of travel to India or any of these countries within the last 14 days, will not be allowed into Singapore for any reason. This meant that many such countries including India will not be able to compete in the FFWS 2021.
Garena has notified all affected parties from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh that teams from these countries will not be able to participate in the FFWS 2021 in Singapore due to travel bans. Two Indian teams who have already qualified for the tournament, namely – Team Elite and Galaxy Racer, will also unfortunately be excluded from the tournament.
Although, many such teams have been excluded, Garena has announced that they will definitely be awarded a share of the prize pool acknowledging their efforts and hard work put in for qualifying for the FFWS 2021.
Free Fire World Series 2021 is the biggest global Free Fire Esports tournament ever and boasts a massive prize pool of $2 million. 22 teams from 14 regions would have participated in the event under normal conditions. It is unclear whether these teams will be replaced or if the event will continue with the remaining teams.
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