The Rise of Free Fire

This is part 1 of the Rise of Free Fire series

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In the past few years, the Battle Royale genre has exploded in popularity with games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Fortnite, CoD Warzone, and Apex Legends. But Free Fire, a BR game from the Singaporean game developer, Garena, is one of the most popular games you’ve never heard of.

Here are the numbers in 2020:

These record breaking numbers are absurd by any measure.

But what is Free Fire? What Makes it Different? Why Haven’t I Heard of it? And Why is it so popular?


[1] Free Fire Was the Most Downloaded Game on Google Play and App Store in 2020: App Annie
[2] Free Fire made $ 2.13 billion revenue in 2020, according to Super Data
[3] Free Fire sets record with 80 million daily players for free-to-play mobile battle royale

March 13, 2021

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