It’s nearly impossible to be a gamer in India who hasn’t heard of Garena Free Fire and how the battle royale game has completely transformed the genre. In a post-PUBG Mobile-ban India, Free Fire seized control and rocketed to the top of the charts in terms of popularity and active players – and the game’s popularity continues to soar.
The game’s focus on unique characters and playstyles is one of the many reasons why it stands out in such a competitive and saturated genre like battle royale shooters. The hero shooter/battle royale hybrid was an instant hit, and Free Fire has carved out a niche for itself on the mountaintop over the years.
On the Google Play Store, Garena Free Fire has surpassed 1 billion downloads
Popular Battle Royale mobile game Free Fire has crossed a total of 1 Billion Downloads on the Google Play Store.— GemWire (@GemWire) July 16, 2021
Free Fire was also the most downloaded game last year according to App Annie. Additionally it was also the second most downloaded game in the first half of 2021. pic.twitter.com/5Wrf3ljBab
The game was the most downloaded game of 2020, according to App Annie, and has now surpassed 1 billion downloads on the Google Play Store. That achievement exemplifies the game’s impact and how it continues to be a popular shooter among gamers all over the world.
With the return of Battlegrounds Mobile India and the arrival of Apex Legends Mobile, the battle royale genre in the mobile game space is only about to get more competitive. Free fire already has a sizable core player base who enjoy the game’s combat system, so it will be interesting to see how it performs in 2021.
The success has continued into the new year, according to the same report, as Free Fire was the second-most downloaded game on the Google Play Store in the first half of 2021.