Is PUBG Mobile full of bots?


The hugely popular battle royale game PUBG has made its way onto Android and iOS, beating its main competitor, Fortnite, to the punch. Fortnite is available on iOS, but it's still invite only. So, people have naturally been playing PUBG like crazy on their phones these past couple of days, gorging themselves with chicken dinners. But there's something strange going on in the mobile port of PUBG.

Too many people, who've never had the coveted chicken dinner before, have reported first time wins in PUBG Mobile. In fact, players who've never ever won a PUBG game on PC or console have been smashing it on mobile. Suspicious, no? So, what's going on?

Well, fans of the game over on Reddit have discovered that PUBG Mobile pits inexperienced players against bots. And they're not that smart. This is not explicitly stated anywhere, but apparently the game starts out novice players predominantly against CPU players, and as they level up, the ratio of real players to bots increases. So yeah, don't get too excited about your strong start. As you progress, you'll be pitted against more and more real players, and we all know how ruthless they can be.

That said, it's not a bad decision on the developers' part to gradually introduce new players to the battle royale madness of PUBG. In fact, it can be quite beneficial for learning the ropes in a more forgiving environment.

In case you're wondering, the mobile version of PUBG is a port of the PC and console versions, and not just a dumbed-down title specifically designed for mobile phones. Considering the game major optimization issues on the PC, the mobile version works surprisingly well. On top of that, it's completely free and does not seem to include any in-app purchases (yet).

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source: Reddit

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9 Comments

1. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Or maybe inexperienced players with inexperienced players, is that a possibility ?

2. WingMan

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 28, 2008

Nope. It seems the game starts you off with bots and increases real players in the game gradually

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Not to mention players lagging. It's always an easy shot. In my first game, I end up on the 12th with 9 kills.

8. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Thanks for your answer

9. matistight

Posts: 996; Member since: May 13, 2009

Exactly. I will almost always place from 1-12 and then sometimes I will rank like 92. I think it is placement of the controls because people aren't used to them yet. The game just came out!

4. warrenellis93

Posts: 550; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

I reached #1 easily and i assumed there were a few bots by the way they acted, the other game called knives out ive assumed many of those players are bots because in the waiting area before the match they all act the same.

5. Linn_Drum

Posts: 79; Member since: Mar 21, 2018

I wouldn't be surprised.

6. boriqua2000

Posts: 258; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Hahaha.... I played pubg for the first time yesterday and won on my second game. I was so proud. Thanks for bursting my bubble phonearena. I thought i was the man at pubg.

7. warrenellis93

Posts: 550; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Me too, i even left the game for a few minutes my guy standing up in the middle of the street and nobody killed me and i came back to win

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