I'm developing a timer application that keeps track of duration of board game and also time spent by each player. I'm not sure how I can in a short form mark this time on the charts and in other places.

Should it be "player time" or "player play duration" - the latter being quite long for the chart axis title. Or maybe something else?

I appreciate any help.

  • What is the "time spent by each player"? Is it time on the pitch (football, ice hockey...)? Is it time spent making moves (chess, draughts/checkers)? There may be a specialist term which might be better asked on a specialist Stack Exchange site for the game in question.
    – Andrew Leach
    Jul 28, 2019 at 9:57
  • Good point. I don't know why I didn't include in the question. App is dedicated for boardgames so it's time spent making moves
    – Brazol
    Jul 28, 2019 at 10:03
  • I edited the post
    – Brazol
    Jul 28, 2019 at 10:09

2 Answers 2


You could use playtime since it is easier to think of the term as representing the amount of time you played the game. I am generally a gamer myself, so when I think of the word gameplay, I think of the content of the game being played rather than the amount of time I spent playing it.

  • Thanks, I think I will go with playtime.
    – Brazol
    Jul 29, 2019 at 6:41

You could simply say:

(each player's) gameplay time

Perhaps strangely, gameplay does not appear to be a word recognized by Merriam-Webster. However, it is recognized by Lexico (Oxford):

The features of a video game, such as its plot and the way it is played, as distinct from the graphics and sound effects.
‘The first is the lack of additional characters that can join the party to affect the plot or gameplay.’

Gameplay also has an entry at both Wikipedia and Techopedia.

It's normally used as a more generalized noun, but in gameplay time, it is used as an attributive noun.

For further reference, there is a utility called Gameplay Time Tracker.

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