Garena Free Fire (also known as Free Fire Battlegrounds or Free Fire) is a battle royale game, developed by 111 Dots Studio and published by Garena for Android and iOS. It became the most downloaded mobile game globally in 2019. Due to its popularity, the game received the award for the “Best Popular Vote Game” by the Google Play Store in 2019. As of May 2020, Free Fire has set a record with over 80 million daily active users globally. As of November 2019, Free Fire has grossed over $1 billion worldwide.
Garena is currently working on an enhanced version of Free Fire which will be called Free Fire Max.
The game consists of up to 50 players falling from a parachute on an island in search of weapons and equipment to kill the other players. Players are free to choose their starting position, take weapons and supplies to extend their battle life.
When players join a game, they will enter a plane, which will fly over the island. While the plane is flying over the island, the players can jump where they want, thus allowing them to choose a strategic place to land away from enemies. After landing, the players must then go looking for weapons and utility items. Medical equipment, medium and large weapons, grenades, and other items featured can be found throughout the island. The ultimate goal of the players is to survive on the island with a maximum of 50-51 players online; this requires eliminating all opponents the players encounter along the way and ensuring that they are the only survivor remaining. The available safe area of the game’s map decreases in size over time, directing the surviving players into tighter areas to force encounters. The last player or team standing wins the round. The game will be receiving a major update on Monday, December 7[when?], bringing changes to the training map as well as introducing some updated guns.
The graphics were described as having “a benefit for mid and low specification phones”, but a reviewer stated that “if games with good graphics are your thing then we don’t recommend that you play Free Fire Battlegrounds. But if you like battle royale games and want to have fun with your friends, you should definitely play.”
Tais Carvalho of TechTudo commented that Free Fire “prioritizes performance, making it a great choice for any type of device. The gameplay stands out and has enough content to entertain and offer rewarding combat.” Regarding the progression of characters and skills, she said it is “a flashy add-on.”
Garena Free Fire is one of the most popular battle royale mobile games, behind PUBG Mobile, Fortnite Battle Royale, and Call of Duty: Mobile. It is particularly popular in Latin American, India, and Southeast Asia. Free Fire was the fourth most downloaded game on the Google Play Store in the fourth quarter of 2018, and was the fourth most downloaded game worldwide in 2018 on iOS and the Google Play Store together. The title earned approximately 182 million downloads in 2018, making it the second most downloaded battle royale mobile game (above Fortnite Battle Royale and behind only PUBG Mobile), and grossed approximately $19.3 million in monthly revenues through December 2018, becoming a significant financial success for Garena. As of February 2020, Free Fire has 500 million downloads on the Google Play Store.
At the end of Q1 2021, Free Fire surpassed PUBG Mobile in revenues in the United States, generating $100 million in turnover as compared to PUBG’s $68 million . Free Fire’s revenues jumped by 4.5x as compared to the same period for the previous year .
In February 2021, Garena announced that the Free Fire World Series (FFWS) is returning with a $2 million prize pool, and will be held twice a year with play-ins commencing in April 2021. In 2020 FFWS was replaced by the Free Fire Continental Series due to the COVID-19 pandemic.