Will it continue to play for free?
(Pocket Ribbon) – The New York Times – known for The Crossword puzzle, among others – has announced it has acquired one of the world’s most popular word games and cultural phenomena: Wordle.
Wordle is a browser-based word guessing game, with no app to download. You just visit a website and start playing for free. The game basically gives you six chances to guess a five letter word, and every day the page is updated with a new word. The word is the same for all players around the world.
Brooklyn-based software engineer Josh Wardle created the game for his partner so they could pass the time during the pandemic. He finally released Wordle publicly last October, and it already has millions of daily players.
In his announcementThe New York Times noted that it launched The Crossword in 1942 and has since introduced The Mini Crossword, Spelling Bee, Letter Boxed, Tiles and Vertex, all of which were played more than 500 million times by 2021. By Wordle, The New to buy, York Times claimed it wants to “entertain more solvers with puzzles every day – especially in these anxious times”.
The New York Times said it acquired Wordle for a “low seven figure”.
An update on Wordle pic.twitter.com/TmHd0AIRLX
— Josh Wardle (@powerlanguish) January 31, 2022
ward, in his own statement, said he has long admired The New York Times and that the paper’s values match his own. “This move feels very natural to me,” he said. Wardle also explained that the hugely popular game was “a bit overwhelming” for him, as he’s the only person running the entire game.
If you’re wondering if Wordle will suddenly start costing money to play, The New York Times has confirmed that it will remain free to play for new and existing players, and no changes will be made to gameplay. Wardle is also working on preserving players’ existing wins and streak data once the game moves to its new home.
Written by Maggie Tillman.