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What Does P2W Mean?

P2W means "Pay to Win," "Play To Win," and "Professional Time Waster."

Pay to Win

PTW is used in gaming with the meaning "Pay to Win" to refer to games that allow players to purchase items or abilities (e.g., more powerful weapons, additional health points) that give them an advantage in the game, either over other players or NPCs (Non-Player Characters).

P2W is a very controversial aspect of gaming, especially in MP (Multiplayer) games. Many players strongly object to people being able to pay to trump their own hard-earned experience or superior skills.

Play to Win

P2W is widely used in sports and business, as well as gaming, with the meaning "Play To Win." In this context it indicates that a person or team takes the activity or endeavour seriously and intends to triumph. (In business, this could mean, for example, that they are striving to outsell their rivals or to produce a better product than them.)

Professional Time Waster

P2W is also used with the meaning "Professional Time Waster" to refer to someone who is either dedicated to avoiding work or needlessly wastes the time of other people (e.g., by requesting complicated quotations for a job when they have no real intention of contracting the service in question).

P2W is sometimes typed PTW.

Summary of Key Points

"Pay to Win" is the most common definition for P2W on gaming apps, such as Discord, TeamSpeak and on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
P2W
Definition:Pay to Win
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
"Play to Win" is another common definition for P2W.
P2W
Definition:Play to Win
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
"Professional Time Waster" is also a common definition for P2W.
P2W
Definition:Professional Time Waster
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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Examples of P2W in Sentences

Here are examples of P2W being used in conversations:
  • Julie: Have you ever played Clash of Clans?
  • Len: I wouldn't bother unless you've got loads of money. You don't stand a chance unless you are prepared to P2W.
  • (Here, P2W means "Pay To Win.")
  • Clive: Wow! You're taking this project very seriously.
  • Liz: There's no point in doing a job, if you don't take it seriously. I always P2W.
  • (Here, P2W means "Play To Win.")
  • Frank: A Mr Johnson just rang and asked for a quote for a holiday in Bali.
  • Steph: I wouldn't invest too much time in that. He's a P2W.
  • (Here, P2W means "Professional Time Waster.")

Using Numbers in Texts

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

Example of P2W Used in a Text

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