What does AFK mean in Roblox? Benefits, other abbreviations, and more

When is AFK used in Roblox? (Image via Roblox)
When is AFK used in Roblox? (Image via Roblox)
Bhoomi Gupta

Roblox has become one of the best sandbox games in the world, with millions of gamers actively playing the game daily. There are tons of games for everyone, available free of cost, easy to download, and fun to play.

The games are developed by the users themselves and games that involve a certain number of players with premium membership are provided real money by the creators of the platform. Since these games are created by the gamers themselves, they have some really cool features.

They also have in-chat facilities for players to communicate with one another. As these gamers do so while playing the game, they tend to be in a rush. As a result, gamers have developed their own gaming languages.

These languages are also regarded as being cool by the young players, and this article discusses some commonly used gaming languages used by Roblox gamers.

Meaning of famous Roblox gaming languages

What does AFK mean in Roblox?

AFK, or “away from keyboard” is an acronym that players can use in Roblox when they leave their computer or device for some time. But this does not literally mean moving away from the keyboard, as the player has options and might even leave the room or do other things.

There are several alternatives to AFK, such as:

  • BRB: Be right back
  • G2G: Got to go
  • BBL: Be back later
  • BBS: Be back soon
  • TTFN: Ta ta for now
  • TTYL: Talk to you later

All these acronyms tend to mean the same and which of them is used is just a matter of choice, depending on the player.

However, it would not be entirely accurate to say that AFK oringinated in Roblox, because it was common back in the 1990s, when Roblox wasn't even a thing. The word became famous when the Vypress chat was used, and some versions of the chat reflected AFK's status.

Later, during the 2000s, the word gained more popularity because Dota and CS gamers made it a trend at the time.


This is why the new generation of gamers might not know the answer to this question, and will definitely hesitate at first when asked. As it is not a complex term to use, players can understand and get used to it.

Here are some examples of how AFK is used by gamers, and in which circumstances:

I have been playing for an hour, I’m going AFK for 10 mins.
I will go AFK if we lose this time as well!
Write in advance, and let us know if you’re going AFK!

AFK is a very straightforward abbreviation and can be substituted with anything that indicates the player is away from the game.

How to use AFK and its benefits

Playing constantly might hurt one’s eyes, brain, and back from sitting in the same position and staring at the screen for too long. This is where players should use AFK, as it will allow them to refresh themselves for a while between long gaming sessions.

Breaks from work are a real need for everyone in the world, and they should make it a point to take time out to relax, stretch, and recharge themselves every hour or so to get back to the task feeling fresh and having new thoughts.


Returning to the topic, players can send spam messages in the chat box informing fellow players that they are AFK, but spamming messages in the chat usually disturbs the other players.

Chances of being kicked out of the server increase when a player decides to spam messages in the chat. Disturbed players might get irritated and kick out the ones causing the disturbance. Other than this, if players don't wish to be kicked out, they can always use the help of a third-party software to get AFK.

Other abbreviations/acronyms


Other abbreviations used by players:

  • B): This is not an abbreviation nor an acronym, it is basically a lighthearted emoticon that depicts someone smiling.
  • BTC: This has two meanings, it can refer to cryptocurrency as well as “Because they can”. It is an abbreviation used by players in Roblox.
  • FFA: This refers to a game in which every player plays for themselves. It stands for “Free for all”.
  • IG: In social media, IG means “I Guess”, but in Roblox and other video games it means “In-Game”. This can refer to in-game features, currencies, shops, or any other thing inside the game.
  • ISTG: This is not only used in video games, people use ISTG for normal chatting as well. This means “I swear to god”, this is often used when the young kids interact in the chat with one another.
  • Oof: Oof means exactly the same as it sounds, this is another way of saying “Ouch” or “Phew” in a playful manner in the games when they face off against a strong opponent or a powerful monster.
  • PTS: This stands for “permission to speak” and is used in Roblox chat.
  • Reeeeee: Reeeeeee is used to express one’s anger and frustration. This is often used by You tubers and they seem to enjoy using this exclamation.

Abbreviations can be used by any player, depending on the situation, and they certainly help save time and effort.

Edited by Sandeep Banerjee


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