Sniper rifles are an irreplaceable part of every shooter game and battle royale game. However, after what I have experienced in the Battle Royale mode of Call of Duty: Mobile, I think that sniper rifles are a really bad option right now. Here are 4 reasons why.
1. Small map size
This the very first factor that determines the effectiveness of sniper rifles is the size of the map. Currently, the Battle Royale mode of Call of Duty: Mobile only has one map with a size of more than 6 square kilometers. It is twice as small as the smallest map of PUBG, Sanhok, which has a size of 4x4 kilometers or 16 square kilometers. That means most battles will happen in close-range, which is not the optimal environment for sniper rifles. More often than not, you will find enemies are close to you rather than far away.
2. The class system benefits close-range combat
Unlike PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty: Mobile introduces players a class system with 7 classes so far Clown, Defender, Mechanic, Ninja, Medic, Scout and Airborne. If you take a look at their skills, non-of them actually support or provide many benefits to sniper rifles. With Clown we have the Toy Bomb, which to summon zombies and distract enemies, but you can't throw it very far away. Also, the enemy will try to kite the zombies and make sniping even harder. The same thing applies to Mechanic and Scout. Their skill will only benefit you in close-range combat and not sniping. Defender and Medic can even be considered as the counter to snipers with their support abilities. Ninja provides players a perfect skill set to sneak up on anybody and Airborne lets players close the gap and reposition in seconds.
All the abilities of all classes in Call of Duty: Mobile give us ways and tools to fight in close-range combat while sneaky snipers have little to none. It seems that the developer wants to promote fast-paced face to face encounters in the game rather than hiding and sniping.
3. Fast-paced gameplay
The pace of the Battle Royale mode in Call of Duty: Mobile is really fast. The map is really small but it is flooded with weapons, gears, and items. Players don't have to spend much time on looting so they have lots of time to roam around and doing other activities such as finding an upgrade chip, killing the giant hound boss, hunting for airdrops,... There is always something to do around the map and the game provides more than enough vehicles for players to do that. That is why staying in one place, trying to snipe people will lose you a lot of loots, items, and advantages.
4. Sniper rifles in Call of Duty: Mobile have bad fire rates
In a fast-paced battle royale game like this, you will rarely find anyone staying still for you to shot them in the face. Players move around constantly, making it extremely hard to hit them. In PUBG Mobile, in order to hit a moving target, your weapon needs to have a decent fire rate to adapt to the target's movements. However, all sniper rifles in Call of Duty: Mobile have awful fire rates. You can get at most 3-4 shots out before your target disappear into covers and heal themselves in such a map like this. Unless you are really good at the game, I doubt that you can kill anyone before they escape. Also, you cannot upgrade the scope of sniper rifles, which limits their long-range accuracy to a certain extent.