What does Kicking in Counter-Strike mean?
Most server admins can instantly kick a player from the server if they wish. However, public CS:GO games work a bit differently. If the game allows for this feature then someone would need to start a “callvote kick” to remove a player from the game. To callvote kick the player, a certain percentage of others in the match must vote to kick/remove that person from the match.
How to kick yourself in CSGO and not get banned
Getting yourself kicked isn’t that easy. Here is a guide how to do it:
- Once you’ve activated the Command Console, open it with “~” during the game:
- Type “status”
- Find and copy the numbers next to your name
- Type “callvote kick [the numbers next to your name]” into the Developer Console
That’s what you need to type into the Developer Console to start the kick vote during a match. If you haven’t activated the Developer Console already keep in mind this is something that needs to be done if you’ve never done this.
Reasons to Kick yourself
While it might sound strange, there are times where you might want to try and vote kick yourself from the game. Quitting a match can result in penalties, just leaving a game will make Classic Competitive unavailable for a while. Penalties also increase if you quit games regularly. So the best way around this is to get kicked from the match.
There are different reasons why someone would want to quit in a Counter Strike match by trying to initiate a vote kick.
- Sometimes real life can happen
- There are players with a better CSGO Rank than you
- Players are cheating
- Pretty much anything else
- Toxic Players
You do not have the option of trying to kick that person first but keep in mind that not everyone may agree with you. This means to vote kick yourself can be the only option if you’re struggling to play that game due to the general toxicity or targeted harassment.
Warnings and Repercussions for not getting banned
Trying to kick yourself doesn’t always work out as planned. Some players might vote against it to keep you in the game. Quitting in the middle of a game should be used as a last resort option if you cannot get kicked.
While kicking yourself can work, keep in mind there can also be repercussions for doing this if you do it regularly. It flags you as “kicking too many teammates” for initiating votes too often which also means you’ve been classed as abusing the system. This is the same for if you try to vote kick players often and are the starting vote. Valve recommends that players report others in-game if someone is being abusive instead of starting a vote kick.
They state that “calling votes to kick a teammate should only be done in extenuating circumstances”. Doing too much of it results in a Competitive Cooldown.
If you are being kicked from too many Competitive matches then you can also be flagged. Being kicked too much gives you a Competitive Cooldown as well. If you decide to go AFK to get kicked then be aware that being AFK or not participating in matches may also result in a Competitive Cooldown.
Vote kicking isn’t something that should be taken lightly. No one should do this if possible and Valve even posted on Steam about this saying that players should just report toxic and abusive players in-game instead of kicking them. That’s not always a viable option for some players and there’s a wide range of reasons why someone needs to leave a game.
We can’t judge people who vote to kick themselves too harshly without knowing the full circumstances. Still: vote kicking should only be done as a last resort. Remember that Valve does punish people for ‘abusing’ the system!