Does Call of Duty: Mobile have bots?

To bot or not to bot?

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Call of Duty: Mobile has had an impressive launch, attracting millions of players and skyrocketing to the top of the Android and iOS charts. But despite its popularity, players have been suspicious of AI and botting.

The game pits players against each other in a multiplayer environment in both the normal and battle royale mode. If AI or botting was a factor, though, it would spoil the balance of the game. A server-side AI could easily replace players, squashing the player base and creating an uneven experience.

AI in video games is usually either under or overturned. In the case of Counter-Strike, for example, bots wander around aimlessly and act as cannon fodder. With Dota 2, though, they’re much more powerful and can even be difficult to defeat. Finding a balance is almost impossible, especially against a wide range of skills.

The other side of the issue is player botting. This involves players using software to manipulate CoD: Mobile to gain an advantage. A bot could enhance a player’s aim or even allow them to see through walls so they could cheat their way to victory.

Are there bots in CoD: Mobile?

There’s no official word from Activision when it comes to AI, neither is there any evidence of botting. According to the CoD: Mobile subreddit, though, there’s apparently AI at the lower levels (1-10). This hasn’t been confirmed, but it does appear to be true.

The use of AI could be subject to change, nevertheless, it seems to be a factor for the time being.

Botting is another issue entirely. It’s difficult to determine, but at the moment, it’s very unlikely. The game isn’t easy to break and it’s not compatible with a mouse and keyboard.

CoD: Mobile is relatively secure with absolutely no option to maliciously edit the game’s files. Activation has been keen to deter cheating of any sort and deliberately prohibiting the use of third-party controllers only improves security.