Sea is “nonetheless making adjustments” and has but to launch its in style cellular recreation Free Fireplace in India, greater than six months after saying plans to take action.

Yanjun Wang, Group Chief Company Officer at Sea, stated in the course of the earnings name this week that the Singapore-headquartered large continues to be making adjustments to the sport to consider “customers’ choice domestically” and has “no materials growth” to share.

Garena, the gaming unit of Sea, introduced plans to relaunch Free Fireplace in India in August final yr. On the time, Garena stated Free Fireplace India might be made out there within the nation on September 5. Garena stated it had partnered with Yotta, managed by native large Hiranandani, for cloud and different storage wants of native customers’ knowledge within the nation. It has additionally appointed Indian cricket icon Mahendra Singh Dhoni as its model ambassador within the nation.

Free Fireplace, as soon as a beloved recreation in India, has left its devoted fanbase annoyed by Garena’s lack of transparency concerning the relaunch, main many players to desert the title in favor of Krafton’s BGMI.

Sea declined to remark.

India banned Free Fireplace and dozens of different Chinese language apps in 2022. Days later, Sea stated it was shutting down Shopee’s operations in India, months into testing the social commerce service within the nation.

The testing of Shopee in India had prompted criticism from native retailers within the nation. The Confederation of All India Merchants, an influential foyer group for scores of offline retailers in India, had reached out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cautioning him that the arrival of one more overseas participant partaking in what it alleged have been “unfair commerce practices” will damage the native ecosystem.