After taking into account COVID-19 concerns, Garena pulls plug on Free Fire World Series

Admit it—you sincerely thought that the world would be back to normal by now. COVID-19 would be a grim memory much like polio and chicken pox, and you’d be free to once again travel the world. No such luck. So goodbye Free Fire World Series, at least the 2021 edition.

Launched in 2017 by Garena, Free Fire has proven an out-of-the-gate hit, racking up over 1 billion downloads on Google Play’s store. There are an average of 150 million daily users for the battle royale title.

With COVID-19 cases surging around the globe, the Free Fire World Series planned for November. Conventional wisdom was that the competition, which had a US$2 million prize pool, was to take place in Mexico. COVID-19 cases have been through the roof in Mexico, with close to 22,000 new cases per day. As a result, goodbye Free Fire World Series.

The last Free Fire major event took place in May in Singapore, with Thailand’s Team Phoenix Force team walking about with a US$500,000 cheque.

Over 5.4 million viewers tuned into the Singapore FFWS, which was one of the highest-ever audiences for an esports match.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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