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    Opinion: Garena is paying for a problem she created herself

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    Carlos Laforet Coll
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    One subject has dominated twitter and groups of Free Fire on Facebook, this subject is the regulation of “unofficial” championships by Garena.

    According to information allegedly leaked, and which the Free Fire Mania website obtained firsthand, Garena created a set of rules for Free Fire championships.

    The supposed set of rules for Free Fire championships is this one.

    1. The Championship must be deemed relevant and/or strategic by Garena.



    2. The Championship organizer's agreement on the responsibility to ensure that all of the following rules are followed during the Championship.

    3. It is forbidden to charge for registration in the Championship.

    4. Exclusive or simultaneous transmission is mandatory on BOOYAH!

    5. In case of chat release, ensure that there is active moderation during the entire Championship.

    6. All participants must follow the rules of conduct described. The players, coaches, managers, team owners, casters and staffs and any other team member and the Championship organization are subject to these rules (as well as their consequences).

    The following items describe attitudes that, when committed, may lead to penalties.

    6.1 Conspire

    Participants who conspire with other people, whether other participants or people outside the competition, with the aim of deceiving, cheating or gaining any kind of advantage, will be penalized, and may lead to disqualification from the competition.

    6.2 Hacking

    Any kind of modification to the game client, including the use of third-party applications to gain an advantage in the game.

    6.3 Bets

    Any type of bet related to Garena Free Fire competitions is prohibited.


    6.4 Share Account

    Use another player's account, allow them to use their own account, or in any way incite or induce playing on another person's account (even without intending to do so).


    6.5 Bug Abuse

    Take advantage of some known bug, to have some kind of benefit.

    6.6 View Other Screens

    Attempting to obtain improper information by looking at opponents, or casters, or broadcast screens, etc.

    6.7 Offenses

    Entrants may not use language that is obscene, defamatory, vulgar, insulting, threatening, or behaving in any offensive or objectionable manner, nor promoting or inciting hate speech. This restriction applies, but is not limited to, studio environments, in-game events, interviews, social media or any other electronic media.

    Team members may not make any gestures or take any action, or incite them to do anything, that may offend, mock or insult any person, be it a team member, someone on the Championship production team, audience, or anyone else.

    6.8 Respect

    Abusing/disrespecting participants, members of the Production or anyone involved in holding the Championship.

    6.9 Discrimination

    Offenses, negative attitudes or any type of contempt for the integrity or dignity of a people, country, group, gender, language, ethnicity, skin color, religion, social origin, financial condition, age, sexual orientation, etc. will not be accepted.

    7. No limitation of active content within the game (Prohibition of weapons, characters, etc…), without Garena's prior authorization.

    8. The Championship rules must be approved by Garena at least 10 days in advance.

    9. For each team participating in the Championship there must be, at all times, at least 2 mobile players working in the current match.


    10. During the entire duration of the Championship, the use of names and/or brands of teams that are playing the LBFF A and B series is prohibited.


    11. There should be no audience competition with official Garena events, both in terms of times and days.

    12. The total prize pool of the Championship cannot exceed 30% of the total prize pool of the current LBFF Stage.

    13. Players and teams from LBFF Series A or B are not allowed to participate without Garena's prior authorization.

    14. Non-use of narrators, commentators and other members linked to the LBFF.

    15. Members of the teams and the organization of the Championship cannot make, incite or endorse statements or actions that have a harmful effect on Free Fire, or on Garena and its affiliates, either directly or indirectly.

    16. The Championship acknowledges and agrees that Garena and the Garena Entities exclusively hold all rights, title and interests in the name of Garena and in the names of the Garena Entities, and in any trade name, brand, or symbol used by Garena, for any Garena Entity, and any abbreviation or contraction thereof, including the FREE FIRE®, GARENA® brands and their associated logos, whether registered with the competent authorities or not; on Free Fire (including all versions, enhancements, derivatives and their sequels) and all related content, data, and materials developed, displayed, reproduced, played, or otherwise made available in connection with Free Fire, including the game interface, the data provided or collected by Free Fire or generated from the Free Fire game, including user profile information and account and player statistics collected by the Garena Entities, the plot and names of characters or people who appear or are described in the Free Fire, whether they are protected as intellectual property or not; the names of places, scenes, things and events described in Free Fire, whether these are protected as intellectual property or not, and short phrases, short sayings and the like that are used in Free Fire, as well as any equivalent foreign language translations and combinations of the above items; any advertisements or promotional materials created or used in connection with Free Fire, Exhibitions, Promotional Activities or Tournaments; any audio or video recording, or any photograph or digital image of any Promotional Activity, Tournament or Exhibition and all goodwill, copyrights, trademark rights (whether registered or not) and other intellectual property rights and related proprietary rights to all of the above.



    17. Align all terms of this agreement with players and teams prior to the start of the Championship and ensure they are adhered to.

    18. Broadcasts and/or Championships taking place in the period of 2 weeks before each “Final” of Garena's official Championships will not be allowed.

    19. Any and all requests for approval must be made at least 10 days before the start of the Championship.

    Fonte: Free Fire Mania.

    According to information, this set of rules for championships was sent only to representatives of Free Fire organizations and teams.

    Despite not directly mentioning the emulator, this set of rules has a very specific part that says: “each team participating in the Championship must have, at all times, at least 2 mobile players working in the current match”.

    By specifically citing mobile players, the ruleset makes it very clear that the new guidelines also pertain to the emulator scenario.

    That was all it took for the subject to take over social media. So much so that several Free Fire fans raised the hashtag “garena disgraced” on Twitter.

    Many famous Free Fire players took a stand against the supposed set of rules.

    It was not enough the cr7, grenades and other nonsense att that made free fire lose many players. I haven't played ranked in a while because of that. Now imagine who is not competitive? How many people got discouraged… Now the charts that are more hyped, that I like to play and watch

    — Complex (@el_complex9) August 18, 2021

    The biggest problem with all this is that a hell of an investment was made on top of structure and contracts with full emulator lines in the scenario. The problem is not the mobiles.

    — ZK (@zaraki_zn) August 18, 2021

    One of the responses to Zaraki's comment caught my attention: “Mobile is always the problem”.

    But wait there? Free Fire is a mobile game folks!

    Garena is the only one to blame for not having a Free Fire version for PC

    We have already commented in other articles since 2019 that it is a complete shame that Free Fire still does not have a client for Windows PCs.

    This controversy is not new. In 2020, Garena had several problems with Regedit and Emulators. The subject came up again after the huge success of “La Copa Free Fre”, an event organized by influencer Nobru and 3C Gaming.

    There is no excuse! It's just shameful that a BILLIONAIRE game like Free Fire doesn't have a computer version.

    Even less famous NetEase games like Cyber ​​Hunter and Ride Out Heroes have a desktop version.

    Free Fire should have at least partnered with an emulator company to have an “official emulator”. Not even that, Garena set out to do.

    Even the identification to know if a player is playing Free Fire on the emulator or on the cell phone, Garena is still in its infancy.

    The moral of the story is simple.

    Gamers, whether PC or Mobile, it's not the company's fault for not being able to separate those who play on the emulator from those who play on the cell phone. Several other Battle Royale companies already do it with such excellence that it's easy to play only with those who have a cell phone or with those who are on the PC.

    It's past time for Garena to do the same.

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