What does WIP mean?

WIP is a frequently encountered acronym in gaming, especially titles which are early access.

The abbreviation stands for the phrase “Work In Progress” serving as a disclaimer at the issues one may experience with the program.

Alternatively, the acronym may be used in a variety of different contexts, such as accounting.


What's the origin of WIP?

“WIP” emerged along with most of the early internet abbreviations, at the turn of the millennium, at the end of the 1990’s.

It was first defined on Urban Dictionary in 2003, with many other articles having been uploaded since.

Spread & Usage

How did WIP spread?

“WIP” remains the most used by video game communities, who share their “Work in Progress” games with each other online, as well as mods, created for various titles.

As if 2021, the acronym can be encountered on forum and message board threads, related to gaming, ranging from Reddit, to 4chan to Steam forums, also appearing on a variety of social media sites, including Twitter and Facebook.

Video game trailers, featuring in-game content may also display the acronym, as well as early gameplays, shared by publishers.

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