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What does «GG» mean and how is it used?

What does "GG" mean and how is it used?

If you don’t play many competitive video games, you may have heard the acronym «GG» for the first time on social media or from a player friend. Learn what it means and how to use it.

«Good game»

GG means «good game». In competitive multiplayer games, GG is used as a sign of sportsmanship and a recognition of having fun while fighting opponents. For many players, it is standard practice to type GG into chat at the end of each game. It is similar to a handshake or a hug at the end of a live sporting event.

A young player playing a game on a PC while wearing headphones.

The practice of saying GG existed from the late 1990s to the early 2000s. As competitive online multiplayer games As Quake and StarCraft gained popularity, the language of the Internet began to take shape. Telling GG to your opponents at the end of the round has become part of proper etiquette in these games.

However, GG is not always used in a positive way. Premature use of GG is considered BM or «bad manners». For example, sending a message to GG before winning the match because you feel too confident in the outcome is rude. It’s especially embarrassing if you end up losing. Avoid typing GG before the game is over.

GGWP and other variants

There are several variants of GG that can be used. A common extension of the acronym is GGWP, which means «good game, well played.» It is often said that this means that the opponent did a good job during the match, especially if he managed to win the game from behind. This is in contrast to GLHF, which means «good luck, have fun», which is said at the beginning of the match, rather than at the end.

Another variant of GG is GGEZ, which means «good, easy game». It can be used by someone on the winning side in a contemptuous way after a dominant performance. However, this is considered gross.

GGEZ is most commonly used, ironically, by both the winning team and the losing team. When worn by the winning team, usually at the end of a long and difficult match it could have gone either way. When used by the losing side, usually after an explosive game, it indirectly congratulates the winners.

Using GG in real life

Two players shaking hands on a tennis court

Like many popular acronyms on the Internet, GG has switched to using real life. It is used a lot in conversations outside of video games. If you and a friend are betting on a sports game or playing a friendly individual basketball game, you can tell GG later. It has also become commonplace at some competitive offline events, such as professional poker.

You can also use it in conversations that have nothing to do with coincidences. GG can be used to show exasperation or to give up something. For example, if you accidentally burn toast, you might say «GG toast.» It can also be used to indicate that a situation is ominous or difficult to manage. If you are about to take a test for which you have not studied, it would be a good idea to tell your friend «I did not study, GG».

Both GGEZ and GGWP can be used in non-competitive contexts. You can tell GGEZ if something turns out to be easier than expected, as if you passed the exam without studying for it. On the other hand, GGWP can be used in context to congratulate someone for a job well done. If your friends manage to organize a surprise party for you without your knowledge, you can tell GGWP to indicate that they did a good job of keeping it a secret.

How to use GG

If you play an online game, saying that GG is a polite and easy way to end the game with a good grade. You can also use it in real life, in a variety of ways.

Here are some suitable ways to use GG:

  • What game. GG.
  • GGWP, you chose the perfect gift for me!
  • Yesterday I completely forgot to deliver the documentation. GG, my boss will be upset.
  • I managed to find your house without Google Maps, GGEZ.

For more acronyms on the internet, see our articles on IRL Yes SMH.