New Delhi: Garena Free Fire, a popular battle royale mobile game, appears to have been removed from Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The development comes after PUBG developer Krafton had filed a complaint against Garena Free Fire.
Garena Free Fire, a popular mobile battle royale game, appears to have been removed from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. The development comes after PUBG developer Krafton filed a complaint against Garena Free Fire.
Krafton filed two separate lawsuits last month for a ban on Garena Free Fire. The Korean developer claimed that Garena is copying the game designs and elements from PUBG Mobile.
In addition, Krafton had filed a separate lawsuit against Google and Apple for hosting Garena Free Fire in their app stores. The PUBG developer had also named YouTube in its lawsuit for allowing streamers to stream Garena Free Fire on the video platform.
“Free Fire and Free Fire Max extensively replicate many aspects of Battlegrounds, both individually and in combination, including Battlegrounds’ copyrighted unique game opening “airdrop” feature, the game structure and gameplay, combination and selection of weapons, armor and unique objects, locations and the overall choice of color schemes, materials and textures,” Krafton had read.
However, it is unknown at this time whether the game was removed from the Play Store due to the lawsuits or other developments. It is also unknown whether the users who installed the game can still play the game or not.
Meanwhile, the upgraded version of Garena Free Fire – Garena Free Fire Max – remains available on Google Play, but is missing from the Apple App Store.
Garena Free Fire had become popular in India after the Indian government banned PUBG Mobile India in 2020 due to concerns related to national security and user privacy.