It’s nearly impossible to be any sort of gamer in India and not have heard of Garena Free Fire and how the battle royale title has taken over the genre in a big way. In a post PUBG Mobile-ban India, Free Fire took the reigns and shot right to the moon in terms of popularity and active players – and the game continues to soar in popularity.
One of the many reasons why the game stands out in as highly competitive and saturated a genre as battle royale shooters is mainly down its focus on unique characters and playstyles. The hero shooter-battle royale hybrid was an instant success and over the years, Free Fire has carved itself a position on the mountaintop.
Now, it seems like the game has hit yet another major milestone, becoming the most downloaded game of last year on the Google Play Store.
Garena Free Fire crosses a total of 1 billion downloads on the Google Play Store
Popular Battle Royale mobile game Free Fire has crossed a total of 1 Billion Downloads on the Google Play Store.
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
— GemWire (@GemWire) July 16, 2021
According to App Annie, the game was the most downloaded game of 2020 and has now crossed 1 billion downloads on the Google Play Store. That milestone is representative of the kind of impact the game has had and how it continues to be a popular shooter within the gaming community across the globe.
The battle royale genre in the mobile game space is only about to get more competitive, with the return of Battlegrounds Mobile India in the country, as well as the arrival of Apex Legends Mobile. Free Free already has a pretty massive core player base that prefer the game’s approach to combat, and it will be interesting to see how the game fares in 2021.
According to the same report, the success has carried over into the new year as Free Fire was also the second-most downloaded game on the Google Play Store in the first-half of 2021.