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What Does P2P Mean?

P2P means "Peer To Peer," "Pay to Play," and "Pay To Progress."

Peer to Peer

The abbreviation P2P is widely used in computing with the meaning "Peer to Peer." In this context, P2P refers to file sharing networks that allow users to connect their online devices (PC, laptop, etc.) directly to those of other users, without passing through a central server.

On P2P networks, users utilize dedicated software to access and copy files on each other's computers, usually whilst allowing equivalent access to their own device. (P2P access is usually restricted to a specific folder or folders.) P2P is widely used to share pirated material.

Pay To Play

In gaming, P2P is often used with the meaning "Pay To Play" (sometimes referred to as Pay For Play). In this context, P2P refers to games for which users must pay a fee in order to be able to play. (This contrasts with F2P (Free To Play).)

Pay To Progress

Also in gaming, P2P is often used with the meaning "Pay To Progress" to refer to the concept that a player can pay real money to advance through a game. This allows players with limited time (or patience) to skip through time-intensive or boring phases of the game.

"Pay To Progress" is a controversial aspect of some games. According to critics, paying to skip contents of a game undermines the whole point of playing it. On the other hand, supporters of P2P claim that not everyone has the time to dedicate to the less interesting aspects of games and no real advantage is gained by paying, just time saved.



"Pay To Progress" is often confused with P2W (Pay To Win). P2P Is often typed "PTP".

Summary of Key Points

"Peer-To-Peer" is the most common definition for P2P on gaming apps, such as Discord, TeamSpeak and Telegram, as well as on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
P2P
Definition:Peer To Peer
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
"Pay to Play" is another common definition for P2P in gaming circles.
P2P
Definition:Pay To Play
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
"Pay To Progress" is also a common definition for P2P.
P2P
Definition:Pay To Progress
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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Examples of P2P in Sentences

Here are examples of P2P being used in conversations:
  • Karl: I can't wait for the release of the update to Trojan War Dogs.
  • Jill: I downloaded it last week over P2P.
  • (Here, P2P means "Peer To Peer.")
  • Claire: I am going to buy the new bundle for Hearthstone. It's only 50 bucks.
  • Julie: I knew you wouldn't be able to resist! There's always a point at which those free games become P2P!
  • (Here, P2P means "Pay To Play.")
  • Jean: I am getting totally bored with this game! I have been grinding for 12 hours. When will it end?!
  • Heath: If I was you, I'd P2P.
  • (Here, P2P means "Pay To Progress.")

Using Numbers in Texts

This video shows the different ways that numbers are used in "text speak":

Example of P2P Used in a Text

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