How to Kick Bots in CS:GO

How to Kick Bots in CS:GO is important for players making private servers
How to Kick Bots in CS:GO is important for players making private servers / Photo courtesy of Valve

How to kick bots in CS:GO is important for players wanting to have their own custom games with friends.

In order to set up custom games to play with friends or empty out a server to practice grenade setups, you first need to know how to kick bots in your Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Here is how to kick bots in your custom CS:GO servers.

How to Kick Bots in CS:GO

The first thing you will have to do is enable the Developer Console, which will allow you to input various commands that will be useful for configuring your server to your needs.

To enable the console, click on the gear icon to open the options menu on the main screen. Then make your way into the Game settings, and you should be able to see in the first section of that sub-menu "Enable Developer Console (~). Change that option to "Yes" in the drop-down menu, and the console is now enabled.

The default keybind to open the console is the tilde key (~). If you want to change the button that opens the console, you can find the option to rebind it under the Keyboard / Mouse settings.

Press "~" and you should see a grey menu pop up on your screen. The bottom of the console allows you to enter in commands. In order to kick bots from the server, type in bot_kick in the command line and press enter while you are in a private custom server.

If done correctly, you should see in the chat that "Player BOT ___ left the game (Kicked by Console).

The command will only work if you have high enough permissions to manipulate the settings of the server, for example, if you create a custom game through the main menu. If you are in a matchmaking game or using a PUG service like ESEA or FACEIT, you will not have the ability to kick bots from the server.