India bans Free Fire and 53 other apps from Chinese companies

Deepak Gupta
Deepak Gupta February 14, 2022
Updated 2022/02/14 at 5:42 PM

Neighbors can have friendly or problematic relationships. Whether in the residential area or in international relations. And neighbors India and China have been going through a troubled relationship for some time.

India’s decision stems from territorial dispute

The territorial fights and conflicts (knife and beating, seriously) that took place in June 2020 reflected the Indian government’s decisions to ban applications from Chinese companies, or with relations with the country. The Ministry of Electronics (free translation) and IT of India has already communicated the Google about bans and apps are no longer available in Play Store. Confirmation came from a company representative. The developers of apps banned were also informed of the incident. See the list of apps Chinese blocked in India.

The most “famous” ban is from Garena Free Fire, one of the most popular mobile games in the world and very profitable in the Indian market. According to App Annie, a market analysis company, the Free Fire was the most profitable game in the country in the third quarter of 2021. Also in 2021, in the month of December, the game was the most downloaded in the world. Garenathe publisher of Free Fireis a subsidiary of sea. Both are based in Singapore, but the Chinese tencentthe world’s largest gaming company, is one of the investors in seaowning 18.7% of it, the company’s largest shareholder.

Another banned app was beauty camera, app of filters for photos. Among the other 53 apps banned are media players, other games and the Dual Spaceapp to duplicate single-account software such as Whatsapp.

India’s new bans

Most of the bans are cloned or reworked versions of apps blocked in July 2020, when India banned 59 Chinese apps following the border conflict in Ladakh, a disputed region between China and India. In June of that year, troops from both countries attacked each other in armed combat, not only with firearms, but also with clubs and stones. In total, more than 60 soldiers (including the two countries) died. In virtual retaliation, India banned WeChat and TikTok.


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