You’re winning PUBG Mobile because you’re playing against bots

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PUBG Mobile is easy at first.
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So, you’re racking up wins in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on iOS and you’re thinking about quitting your day job, ditching the wife and kids, and going pro. But wait!

You’re probably finding the game relatively easy if you’re a new player because you’re going up against bots. PUBG Mobile uses bots to ease new players into the game, then gradually reduces the number of them as you improve and level up.

Mobile shooters are hard. Without a physical controller, it’s more difficult to move, it takes longer to react to anything, and your accuracy when aiming is nowhere near as good as it might be on other platforms. But that doesn’t make mobile shooters bad.

When all your opponents are also on mobile, everyone is faced with the same problems and it’s an even playing field. And just like anything else, the more you play and get used to those touch controls, the better you’ll be. So, PUBG Mobile eases you in.

Beware the bots!

When you first start playing the game, many of the opponents you come up against will be computer-controlled drones. You’ll find them easier to fight against, so you’ll be more successful at winning your gun fights. You’ll also have a greater chance of winning your matches.

This is why so many players on Android and iOS are finding PUBG Mobile pretty easy right now. You’ve probably seen a lot of “I won my first game of PUBG Mobile” posts on social media. But it won’t always be this way.

“As you rack up wins, the ratio of bots to real players widens and you end up fighting more actual humans instead of drones,” explains VG247.

The easier PUBG is to play when you first start, the more likely you are to keep playing. It feels good to win, but if you find yourself getting killed as soon as you drop into a match, you’re probably going to give up quickly.

And obviously Tencent wants you to keep playing. PUBG is free to download and play, so its developers want you to have fun and keep playing so that you might be tempted to cough up for in-app purchases.