Indian teams unable to partake in Free Fire World Series in Singapore due to COVID fears

Indian teams unable to partake in Free Fire World Series in Singapore due to COVID fears

The 2 Indian teams that qualified for Free Fire World Series will not be able to attend the event. This was due to the travel restrictions put in place by the Singapore government due to the second wave of COVID in India.

Shrey Pacheco  | Published 23 Apr 2021 16:22 IST

The upcoming Garena Free Fire World Series in Singapore was supposed to be a return to normalcy for the game following the COVID lockdowns in 2020. However, it looks like at least two of the teams would not be making it to the tournament. Free Fire has announced that both the teams from India will not be partaking in the Free Fire World Series. This was put in place following restrictions imposed by the Singapore Government following the second wave of COVID in India. The teams in question include Galaxy Racer Esports and Team Elite.

Why Indian teams could not make it to Garena Free Fire World Series

“On Thursday (Apr 22) evening, the Singapore Government announced that all long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history to India within the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore from 11.59 pm, April 23,” the post on Facebook notes. Since the Play-Ins are scheduled to start from May 22, it seems unlikely that the players will be able to make it as unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the second wave of COVID in India will stop any time soon.

Garena notes that they tried exploring all the possible options they could, but there wasn't any breakthrough. The company notes that it empathises and shares the disappointment of both teams and will award them with a share of the prize pool. This is done to recognise their efforts and achievement in qualifying for the World Series. 

Garena plans two further international tournaments this year. In July, the company plans to host Free Fire All-Stars. This event aims to bring together top influencers and professional players from around the world. It will then pit them against each other to see who is the best. Then in November, the company plans to hold the second edition of the Free Fire World Series. Hopefully, the situation in India and the world will have improved enough to host the event without any issues

To recall, Galaxy Racer and Team Elite were selected to represent India following their performance in the recently concluded Free Fire India Championship 2021 tournament. While Team Elite was one of the six teams that directly qualified via the group stage, Galaxy Racer qualified via Play-Ins. 

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