Intel Extreme Masters revokes its controversial suicide rule for CS:GO

Esports pros can go back to standing in molotovs now.


Intel Extreme Masters has rescinded a new rule about players committing suicide during a competitive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive match, after listening to feedback from the German ESL National Championship.

IEM and ESL updated their rulebook earlier this week, which dictates what players can and can’t do at tournaments, and it included the replacement of Cache with Vertigo, and new guidelines on coaching and communication. However, the rule which garnered the most attention was for intentional suicides.

Under the rule players wouldn’t be allowed to use the /kill command or suicide to deny opponents important kills. But after hearing how it removes strategic depth from the game, for example, intentional molotov deaths, the rule has been removed.

Dying to a molotov rewards the winning team with less money, so in early or important rounds, the decision to die intentionally could be the difference between buying an Scout or an AWP to the opposing team.

“After a careful internal review, we are reverting the decision,” IEM states on its website. “We will engage in a deeper discussion about the rule in question with the Counter-Strike Professional Players’ Association to ensure that all efforts to improve the viewing experience for fans at home are fully aligned with all relevant stakeholders.”

The change has been made today and will now apply to IEM Beijing.