Garena announces the upcoming changes in FF Esports ecosystem including FFWS 2024 – Garena, the developer of the widely played mobile battle royale game Free Fire, is set to enhance the Free Fire World Series (FFWS) and give a boost to its esports footprint with significant ecosystem modifications expected for the 2024 season.
Garena announces the upcoming changes in FF Esports ecosystem including FFWS 2024
Garena aims to consolidate its esports portfolio by integrating diverse local Free Fire leagues into the unified FFWS brand. Previously, each league had its own unique identity, leagues such as the Brazilian Free Fire League and the Free Fire Master League Indonesia will now be brought together under a standardised and cohesive FFWS framework.
Introduction of FFWS 2024 Southeast Asia (SEA) League
As a key component of the restructuring, Garena launched the FFWS SEA League, a crucial inclusion in the esports landscape. This league includes two significant tournaments – FFWS SEA Spring and Fall. The Spring edition, running from March 22nd to May 26th, features an impressive $300,000 prize pool.
The competition commences with six weeks of online battles, leading up to a Grand Finals weekend spanning from May 24th to 26th.
FFWS 2024 SEA League Structure and Teams
In the FFWS SEA, a total of 18 teams will participate, including the top five teams from Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam, as well as three teams from Malaysia. These teams will earn their spots through a mix of direct invitations and local qualifying events.
FFWS 2024 Global Finals and Future Strategies
The reimagined plan will lead to the FFWS Global Finals in November, representing the peak of Free Fire esports. Garena has committed to revealing more details about the 2024 calendar and the Global Finals in the coming weeks.
Despite facing challenges such as layoffs at Sea Ltd, Garena’s parent company, and the ban of Free Fire in India, the potential of Free Fire esports becomes obvious. Esports Charts reports a fair increase in viewership for this year’s FFWS when compared to the 2022 edition in Bangkok.
As part of Garena’s strategic initiative, Free Fire is set to make a comeback in the Indian market, marked by the introduction of the new India Championship. This signals a promising resurgence in a region where the game had previously encountered restrictions.
Free Fire is working to make esports better. Garena wants players and fans to have a more fun and connected experience, setting the stage for a fresh start in Free Fire esports.