What does Punt mean in online gaming?

Punt means Mistake

When you hear the term ‘Punt’ on a gaming stream, it usually means the streamer has made a blunder that could potentially cost them the game. This slang is commonly used by Twitch users and has its roots in American football.

In American football, the offensive team tries to advance the ball 10 yards in four downs. If they manage to do so, they are rewarded with a fresh set of downs. If not, the ball is handed over to the opponent’s offensive team.

On the fourth down, if the team is not in a scoring position, they usually punt, or kick, the ball far down the field. This action transfers control and scoring opportunity to the opposing team.

Similarly in gaming, a punt refers to a mistake made by a player, which gives their opponent an opportunity to score or win. Unlike football, where punts are intentional, in gaming punts are unintentional slip-ups, often made when a player is rushing or not fully considering their options.

So, if a streamer messes up and you feel like pointing it out, you can type ‘punt’ or ‘punted’ in the chat. This signals to the streamer that you’ve noticed their error. But remember, you can always choose to let it pass without comment as well.

Example for using ‘Punt’ in a conversation

Hey, did you see that streamer’s gameplay last night?

Yeah, it was hilarious! 😂 Did you notice when they punted?

Oh yeah, that was a major punt! 🤦‍♂️

Totally! Their opponent took advantage of it and won the game. 🎮