Garena has announced that the Free Fire World Series, Free Fire’s largest and most iconic esports tournament, will be held in Singapore in May 2021. The Free Fire World Series 2021 Singapore (FFWS 2021 SG) will feature Free Fire’s largest-ever prize pool of US$2,000,000.
It will also mark the beginning of a return to normalcy for Free Fire international esports, after tournaments in 2020 were held online. The inaugural Free Fire World Series 2019 Rio was watched by more than two million concurrent online viewers at its peak, which was then the world record high for a mobile esports tournament, according to Esports Charts2.
The FFWS 2021 SG will host the Play-ins on 22 May 2021 and the Finals on 29 May 2021. Previously announced to take place on 24 April 2021 (Play-Ins) and 1 May 2021 (Finals), the dates were shifted to accommodate the global pandemic situation.
The tournament will bring 22 teams from across 14 regions to Singapore in order to compete for the title of being the Free Fire world champion and a slice of the US$2,000,000 prize pool, one of the highest in mobile game esports.
The Play-Ins will feature 12 teams who placed either first or second in their regional-level tournament. The top two teams from the Play-Ins will then join the top 10 seeds from each regional-level tournament in the Finals.
The teams will battle over 6 rounds – across all 3 maps – to be the last one standing, with points awarded based on round ranking and the number of kills.
The FFWS 2021 SG highlights Garena’s continued efforts to delight the global community with competitive and engaging esports content – all while prioritising the safety of all involved. Garena will ensure that all activities are in line with prevailing public health protocols and travel policies.
To this end, Garena is organising the FFWS 2021 SG with the support of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and in close collaboration with various industry experts and organisations – such as the Singapore Cybersports and Online Gaming Association (SCOGA).
Justin Lye, Global Esports Manager, said:
“We know how highly-anticipated the World Series is to our players and fans, so we’ve been working together with the relevant authorities to ensure we give them the biggest Free Fire tournament we’ve ever hosted.
Safety has been and will continue to be our biggest priority as we carry out the event.
Singapore is the perfect choice for this World Series, and we are thankful for the support we have been receiving from the local government and industry experts.
This will be a good opportunity to welcome the very best Free Fire players to Singapore, where Garena was founded.”