The government has decided to ban 54 additional apps of Chinese origin, saying these apps pose a “threat to India’s security” as tensions continue along the border. One of the biggest names on this list of banned games is “Garena Free Fire – Illuminate”. This game is a popular alternative to PUBG Mobile.
Apart from Garena Free Fire- Illuminate, the new list of banned apps mostly consists of clones of apps that were already banned in India from 2020. Some of the apps that were banned earlier were quietly re-branded and re-launched in India. , With 54 more banned apps, the total list of apps that have been banned by the Indian government can reach around 324 so far.
The popular Garena Free Fire game disappeared from both Google Play Store and Apple App Store even before the government announced this ban. While the Illuminate version has already been removed, the Max version is still on the Google Play Store. It is quite possible that Google will remove it very soon.
The possible reason why Garena Free Fire disappeared before the ban was announced by the government could be that PUBG Mobile’s developer Crafton has launched a major lawsuit against Garena Free Fire and Garena Free Fire Max. Crafton has also involved Google and Apple in the lawsuit for distributing these games on their respective app stores.
Here is the list of apps that have been confirmed to be banned by the government