Free Fire World Series to make its return in May 2022

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The Free Fire World Series will be making its return in May next year. (Photo: Garena)
The Free Fire World Series will be making its return in May next year. (Photo: Garena)

Garena, the publisher for popular mobile battle royale game Free Fire, announced on Wednesday (10 November) that the Free Fire World Series (FFWS) will be making its return in May next year.

The FFWS 2022 will begin with a Play-Ins stage on 14 May, with the Finals taking place on 21 May. Qualifiers for FFWS 2022 will be held across multiple regions in the coming months, with the top teams earning the right to challenge for the top prize.

The FFWS was originally scheduled to be hosted this month before it was canceled back in August "in light of the evolving situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic".

The FFWS 2022 will be the third edition of Free Fire's annual world championship tournament, which gathers the game's best teams from around the world to compete for the title of world champions. 

However, Garena has not yet revealed where next year's event will be hosted.

The previous iteration of the FFWS was held in Singapore back in late May, with Thai squad Team Phoenix Force claiming the championship and the grand prize of US$500,000

Garena also said that the tournament posted the highest peak viewership of any esports match in history, when excluding Chinese platforms, with 5.4 million concurrent viewers.

The first-ever international championship tournament for Free Fire, the Free Fire World Cup, was hosted in April 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand with Indonesian team EVOS Capital winning the inaugural title. 

The first-ever iteration of FFWS was then held later in November of that year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with hometown team Corinthians claiming the inaugural FFWS championship.

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