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Garena announces launch of Free Fire India

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  • Free Fire India offers a wealth of local content and features developed for Indian players to promote safe, healthy and fun gameplay
  • Free Fire India will be supported by Yotta’s cloud hosting infrastructure in India, leveraging Yotta’s industry-leading expertise in storing and protecting Indian user data
  • Garena also unveiled the new Free Fire India Championship, as part of its commitment to fostering esports excellence in India under its MOU with the government of Uttar Pradesh

Khel Today Bureau 

New Delhi: Garena, a Singaporean global online games developer and publisher, today announced the launch of Free Fire India, available for download exclusively in India from September 5. Free Fire India incorporates unique content and features to encourage a safe, healthy and fun gameplay experience. 

The announcement was made at a launch event today by Garena’s Co-founder Mr. Gang Ye and Yotta Infrastructure’s (“Yotta”) Co-founder and Chairman Mr. Darshan Hiranandani, in the presence of the High Commissioner of the Republic of Singapore to the Republic of India, HE Simon Wong.

Leveraging Yotta’s local cloud infrastructure to enhance user experience Yotta, a Hiranandani Group company, will provide the local cloud hosting and storage infrastructure for Free Fire India. As a MeitY-empanelled service provider, Yotta will ensure best-in-class management of personal data of Indian users on local servers and network connectivity services to support Garena’s product offerings in India, including in esports.

Users encouraged to #PlayItRight

Free Fire India will offer features and content specifically developed for Indian users, as well as a range of features designed to promote safe, healthy and fun gameplay. These include a verification system to enable parental supervision, gameplay limitations and ‘take a break’ reminders.

Celebrating Indian sports culture: MS Dhoni as inaugural brand ambassador

Underlining its commitment to celebrating the best of India within the game, Garena also unveiled Indian cricket icon MS Dhoni as the new brand ambassador for Free Fire India. He will be celebrated as the first Indian sportsperson to be featured in-game as a playable character, “Thala”. Dhoni will be joined by other leading sportspersons, such as football captain Sunil Chhetri, badminton champion Saina Nehwal, tennis legend Leander Paes, and Kabbadi champion Rahul Chaudhari.

Launch of Free Fire India Championship

Earlier this year, Garena and Yotta entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Uttar Pradesh to drive the development of esports in India. Today, Garena announced that the flagship Free Fire India Championship (FFIC) will take place later this month. Open to teams across India, the winners will earn the opportunity to represent India at the Free Fire World Series in Thailand this November. More details of FFIC and other esports initiatives dedicated to Free Fire India will be announced over the coming weeks. 

Speaking at the event, H.E. Simon Wong, High Commissioner of Singapore to India, said, “Garena’s launch of Free Fire India and commitment to localising and developing the esports ecosystem locally is testament to the vibrancy of the mobile games and esports space in India, and to India’s potential for global leadership in this area. I look forward to greater partnerships in the digital media, entertainment and esports fields between India and Singapore.”

Mr. Gang Ye, Co-founder of Garena, said, India is home to very passionate communities of esports enthusiasts and we are excited to be able to support our fans from Bharat with the launch of Free Fire India. We look forward to providing an engaging and highly localised experience for Indian users. We believe our partnership with Yotta will ensure that our users can enjoy the highest quality gameplay experience and benefit from Yotta’s expertise in protecting and securing Indian user data. We are also committed to supporting the development of India’s esports and startup ecosystems. The Free Fire India Esports Championships is our first step in building out our platform of esports events and activities in the coming months to empower Indian esports athletes to succeed globally.” 

Mr. Darshan Hiranandani, Co-founder & Chairman, Yotta emphasised the strides made in the data centre sector in India, stating, “Our partnership with Garena is a strong endorsement of the significant progress in the Indian data centre industry. We are pleased to bring our unique data hosting and cybersecurity expertise for the benefit of Indian users.  This partnership will foster further India-Singapore technology collaboration.”

About Garena:

Garena, a wholly-owned business unit of the Singaporean, publicly-listed Sea Limited, is a leading global online games developer and publisher. Founded and headquartered in Singapore, Garena is run by passionate gamers and has a unique understanding of what gamers want. 

Garena champions social and entertainment experiences through games, enabling its communities to engage and interact. Garena is also a leading esports organiser and hosts some of the world’s biggest esports events.

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About Yotta:

Yotta Data Services, a part of the Hiranandani Group of India, is a new-age Digital Transformation service provider offering data center, cloud and a wide range of managed IT, application modernisation, connectivity, and cybersecurity services. Yotta has two hyperscale data center parks in Panvel (Navi Mumbai) and Greater Noida. Yotta’s first data center – Yotta NM1 in Panvel– has been acknowledged as APAC’s best Data Center by Datacloud Global Awards in 2021. It is the world’s 2nd largest Uptime Institute Certified Tier IV facility and the largest in Asia. Yotta Greater Noida DC park launched in Oct 2022, is a mammoth 180 MW campus, the largest one in the whole of North India.

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