Is Free Fire Dead in 2023?

Garena Free Fire, also known as Free Fire (FF), is a Battle Royale game developed and published by Garena for Android and iOS. It became the most downloaded mobile game globally in 2019. As of 2021, Free Fire had surpassed 150 million daily active users. Free Fire Max, a graphically enhanced version of Free Fire, was released globally on 28 September 2021. 

Now the frequently asked questions are - "Is free fire dying?", "Is free Fire Still Popular in 2023?", "Did Free Fire Die?" Let's find out the answer below. 

Is Free Fire Dead in 2023?

Before we proceed - Did you know?

In January 2022, PUBG developer Krafton filed a lawsuit against Garena and its parent company Sea for copyright infringement. The lawsuit accused Garena of copying In-game items, Game mechanics and overall look and feel of PUBG: Battlegrounds and PUBG Mobile in their games Garena Free Fire and Free Fire Max. According to Krafton, "Free Fire and Free Fire Max extensively copy numerous aspects of Battlegrounds, both individually and in combination, including Battlegrounds' copyrighted unique game opening 'air drop' feature, the game structure and play, the combination and selection of weapons, armor, and unique objects, locations, and the overall choice of color schemes, materials, and textures."

On February 14, 2022, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India banned Garena Free Fire along with 53 other apps which posed a threat to India's privacy and security under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, Constitution of India.

Now the answer to the frequently asked questions regarding Free Fire being dead. 

No Free Fire is not dead yet. Somehow, in a market that holds both cultural behemoth Fortnite and original trendsetter PUBG, there is still room for battle royales to breathe.

Garena's Free Fire is one such game, yet another mobile battle royale that sticks X number of players on a big island and tells them to murder each other for fun.

But Free Fire is thriving, having recently hit 80 million daily active users and surpassing $1 billion in revenue last November, just two years after it first launched.

So, why exactly are people still flocking to Garena Free Fire when bigger, more culturally-impactful games are available? 


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