PVP Meaning & Definition

PvP, short for player versus player, is a type of multiplayer video or computer game in which in-game combat occurs between two human players as opposed to a human player going up against a computer-controlled opponent. Depending on the game, both the entirety of the gameplay or a fraction of it can be in PvP format.

Synchronous PvP vs. Asynchronous PvP

The player versus player category of gaming can be divided further into two categories synchronous and asynchronous PvP. Synchronous gameplay occurs when two opposing players are going against each other in real time. This type of game play can take place over the internet, or with multiple controllers on one console.

With asynchronous PvP gameplay, players are still competing against each other, but not in real time. This style of gameplay is especially popular in mobile games, as players can play the game sporadically throughout the day as opposed to sitting down at a game console and playing for an extended period of time. An example of asynchronous PvP is the mobile game Clash of Clans. You are still going head to head with other players, but it does not have to occur in real time.

PvP vs. PvE

The opposite of PvP is PvE, which stands for player versus environment. PvE describes any combat that happens between a human player and any opponent controlled by the computer. Some games contain both PvP and PvE elements, but a game often leans heavily towards one of the two.

Popular PvP Games

  • World of Warcraft
  • League of Legends
  • Fortnite
  • Call of Duty
  • FIFA
  • Mortal Kombat

KJ Pace
KJ Pace
KJ Pace writes and coordinates content at TechnologyAdvice in Nashville, TN. When she’s not producing content, she enjoys reading, cooking, and playing with her dogs.

Top Articles

Huge List Of Texting and Online Chat Abbreviations

From A3 to ZZZ we list 1,559 text message and online chat abbreviations to help you translate and understand today's texting lingo. Includes Top...

How To Create A Desktop Shortcut To A Website

This Webopedia guide will show you how to create a desktop shortcut to a website using Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer (IE). Creating a desktop...

The History Of Windows Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows is a family of operating systems. We look at the history of Microsoft's Windows operating systems (Windows OS) from 1985 to present...

Hotmail [Outlook] Email Accounts

  By Vangie Beal Hotmail is one of the first public webmail services that can be accessed from any web browser. Prior to Hotmail and its...

Unregulated Power Supply Definition...

An unregulated power supply is a system that transforms input voltage into direct...

Cybersecurity Awareness Training Definition...

Cybersecurity awareness training informs employees of the attack surfaces and vectors in their...

OST File Definition &...

An OST file, or offline storage table (.ost) file, is an Offline Outlook...