Every once in a while, you have to quit a match. The reasons for this might be vital: for example, something in your home requires instant attention. Other reasons might include poor gameplay, trolls among your teammates, or leaving the match by a player on a different team. And quitting a match is, so to say, a very delicate matter among the CS:GO community, mostly due to the penalties and Valve’s policy. But fear not – there are some ways to quit a match and not get a penalty at the same time.

Why might you want to quit a match?

The two most common reasons are probably as follows: cheating and trolling. If you’re absolutely sure that in the other team somebody has an aimbot, there’s simply no point in sticking around for the whole match. It’s simply better to quit and start another match. The second most popular reason for quitting is trolling, especially among your own team. Every once in a while, there’s somebody who, e.g. commits team killing for no comprehensible reason. It’s better not to overanalyze situations like this – just quit. But what happens if you do it the “conventional” way, without kicking yourself? And do you actually know how to kick yourself in CSGO?

Quitting a match “just like that”

If you just decide to resign from the match, Steam will punish you for it. This policy is quite strict, and at the same time, there’s no way of appealing from it. The punishment is very simple: for a certain amount of time, you won’t be able to join another match. There are two factors which determine how long your ban lasts: the number of punishments in a certain amount of time, and their level. Although this sounds a little complicated, it’s actually easy to understand.

There are four types of punishments, each of them accounts for different times. They are as follows:

  • First one – 30 minutes (level 1),
  • Second one – 2 hours (level 2),
  • Third one – 24 hours (level 3),
  • Fourth one – seven days (level 4).

You should always remember that the “level” of punishment lasts for one week. So – if you quit a match, you get a 2-hour block. If you do it again within the next couple of days, it will result in getting a punishment of the second level. It may seem quite strict, but the rules won’t change, at least not in the foreseeable future. There’s only one way to get around this – kicking yourself in CS:GO. Let’s find out how to do that.

Getting around the punishment for quitting

There is a way to do it, at least a few times. In the game, there are mechanisms of kicking players, originally intended for getting rid of trolls or inactive players. The procedure is called votekick, and every player, at least in theory, has the right to start a votekick for themself.

According to an official statement from Valve, there are considerable limits to this action. First of all, you cannot get kicked from matches too frequently. The game system will recognize this activity as getting around the rules and the player will most likely receive a punishment anyway. But if you don’t do this too often, you should be fine. It’s worth noting that the responsibility for the votekick lies not only on the person who is being kicked, but also on players who vote on it. As you can see, there are some rules, even when getting around the rules.

Calling a vote kick for yourself

If you’re planning to kick yourself in CS:GO, first you have to enable the Console. Open the Game Settings and look for the “Enable Developer Console” option. Make sure that it’s properly enabled. Now, you can access one of the most complicated and interesting tools in the whole Source Engine.

Now – the most crucial part. During the match which you want to skip, open the console with the tilde button. Then, type the “status” command. You’ll see a lot of purely technical info. In this case, the only things that should interest you are the numbers just before your nickname. These numbers are used to identify each and every CS:GO player.

Finally: during an annoying match, just type “callvote kick [your numbers]”. That way, the votekick process will start. It will be visible to everybody from your team. Voilà! Just remember not to do it too often because you might get punished anyway.