After being banned, Instagram Free Fire from India changes its name

Free Fire and its enhanced version were removed from stores on February 12, 2022
After being banned, Instagram Free Fire from India changes its name

Ronny Rolim

One of India's most famous Battle Royale titles, Free Fire , was recently banned by the Indian government . Needless to say, this drastic action was met with shock and bewilderment from India's mobile gaming community.

Most players could not find a cause for the ban as the game had no Chinese roots. It was later discovered that Free Fire was banned for being a threat to the country's national security .

Free Fire and its enhanced version were removed from the Apple App Store on February 12, 2022 , followed by the game being banned two days later. However, there was no mention of Free Fire MAX in the list of apps banned by the Indian government.

Game's official Instagram page renamed to Garena Free Fire MAX IND

Free Fire changes its name in India
Free Fire in India changes its name — Photo: Instagram

The positive side is that the enhanced version of the Battle Royale game is still available on the Google Play Store. This allows players to easily download the game and enjoy it on their devices. Owners of low-end Android devices don't have to worry yet, as the servers are up and they can enjoy Garena's flagship using a wifi connection even now.

As Free Fire MAX is still legal in India, the developers changed the official Instagram handle to “ Garena Free Fire MAX IND ”. This change means that posts will once again be uploaded to the page, making Battle Royale enthusiasts aware of the latest in-game events.

All official Free Fire Indian region pages have stopped sending posts since the ban was announced on February 14, 2022. Thus, players missed a week of notifications about recharge events and more.

However, the game's Facebook and Twitter handles targeting the Indian audience have not changed. However, players can expect the change to be implemented on these two social media platforms.

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