A new PUBG meta is here: pretend to be a bot. In a video posted on Reddit, a player shoots at nothing to convince another player nearby that they are a bot. The other player gets overconfident and approaches looking to get an easy kill, but they die before they ever get the chance.
Bots were recently added to PUBG in update 7.2 to make it easier for new players to catch up to existing players. They are designed to appear less and less as a player's skill and level increase, but there have been problems. Not only do many existing players dislike the presence of bots, and now players are pretending to be bots to get easy kills, but bots are messing up the player base data.
While bots have shaken up PUBG, they aren't everywhere in the game. Bots will never be included in your party or team. Since actions against bots count towards missions, mastery, achievements, and trophies, they are a good way to advance in the game, even if it does feel a little cheap.