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Cristiano Ronaldo joins Garena Free Fire as playable character

Published: 7/Dec/2020 11:40 Updated: 7/Dec/2020 12:21

by Adam Fitch

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Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is the latest celebrity to become a playable character in Garena Free Fire.

The developers of the popular mobile battle royale title have revealed that he will be the central figure in Operation Chrono, an upcoming in-game event.

Ronaldo is more involved with Free Fire than first appears, as he will also serve as a global brand ambassador. Financial terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

The striker will come to life in-game as the character Chrono, who is set in a “futuristic slum universe.” More details around his inclusion are set to be announced in the coming days.

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It’s expected that Ronaldo’s character will be introduced in-game on December 19.

Operation Chrono is the latest in a long line of in-game events conducted by Garena to reward players with new, themed items. The event kicks off on December 7.

“It’s a great feeling having not only a character in Free Fire modelled after me, but also having the whole universe within the game changing along with it,” said Ronaldo. “The Garena team has worked into the game tons of new features and elements for Operation Chrono. I hope Free Fire players all over the world are just as excited as I am!”

This isn’t the first instance of Garena introducing celebrities in Free Fire. The likes of American DJ KSHMR, Indonesian actor Joe Taslim, Brazilian DJ Alok, and Indian actor Hrithik Roshan have all been successful in-game integrations.

Garena appears to be including celebrities from different countries and regions to introduce Free Fire to new markets and Ronaldo is just the latest example of this. Not only is he a household name in Portugal, he has major influence on a global scale.

“This is a really significant partnership for Free Fire,” said Harold Teo, a producer at Garena. “Cristiano Ronaldo is a role model for many of us, and being able to collaborate with him and present him to hundreds of millions of people around the world is truly exciting.”

Fortnite

Epic Games sues Apple & Google in UK over Fortnite removals

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:28

by Theo Salaun

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Following litigation over Fortnite’s app store removals by Apple and Google in the United States of America, Epic Games have officially mounted lawsuits against both tech companies in the United Kingdom, as well.

In August 2020, Epic Games added their own payment process to Fortnite’s mobile offerings so that Apple and Google’s cellphone and tablet users could purchase in-game items at a discounted price. This discount was specifically enabled by the new process, which bypassed each company’s transaction fees. 

Unsurprisingly, as the payment method was in direct violation of both the App Store and Play Store’s Terms of Services, each company subsequently removed Fornite from their offerings. And, expecting this, Epic Games responded by launching lawsuits against the companies in the U.S. and Australia. 

Now, the makers behind the world’s most popular third-person battle royale have tripled down and mounted legal action against both tech giants in the U.K. Citing violations of competition laws, Epic Games’ legal case in the U.K. is very similar to the ones already made in other countries. And, immediately contested, Apple and Google’s responses have proved similar, as well.

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Fortnite’s Crew subscription service means even more payments for Epic Games.

As discussed by BBC News, Epic have officially submitted documents to the Competition Appeal Tribunal in the UK. The allegations suggest a monopolistic abuse of power by each company that centers around competitive restrictions to app store and payment processing options, as well as unfair payment fees.

Typically, those fees come at about 30 percent of all purchases, although exact figures differ depending on company and app. Fortnite is obviously one of the biggest games in the entire world, so almost one-third of their sales on mobile means hefty earnings.

But, like their other lawsuits, Epic allege that this is about more than their own profits. The company demands that Apple and Google begin allowing software developers to institute their own payment-processing systems and options to be downloaded outside of the App and Play stores.

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Fortnite has always delighted its fanbase with purchasable cosmetics.

So far, Apple and Google have both replied similarly in the U.K. situation, claiming that they are open to reintroducing Fortnite to their mobile stores but that they deny any violation of competitiveness.

Dexerto will continue to monitor the legal cases in each country, providing updates whenever these prolonged legal disputes begin reaching their conclusions.