New York Times Games buys Wordle for seven-figure sum

New York Times Games announced today that it has acquired the popular new word game Wordle. It has not disclosed the amount, but it is reportedly in the low seven figures. Wordle will move to the NYT gaming platform.

Wordle creator Josh Wardle posted a statement on his Twitter, saying Wordle’s runaway success had made it difficult for him to run. “I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t a little overwhelming. After all, I am only one person and it is important to me that as Wordle grows, it continues to provide a great experience for everyone.”

Jonathan Knight, CEO of NYT Games, said of the purchase: “[Wordle] has done what so few games have done: it has captured our collective imagination and brought us all a little closer together. We couldn’t be happier to be the new home and proud patrons of this magical game, and we’re honored to be bringing Josh Wardle’s cherished creation to more solvers in the coming months.”

According to NYT, the game will remain free-to-play for new and existing players, at least once it moves to the New York Times platform. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will always be free. Wardle added that he is working with the platform to ensure that users can maintain their wins and streaks.

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