‘Wordle’ Will Eventually Not Be Free After Buyout – Review Geek

Well, it was good while it lasted. wordle, the free and ad-free word game that took up all our minds, will no longer be free sometime in the future. On Twitter, the creator of the game today announced the company The New York Times agreed to buy the game. And a paywall is coming.

In case you somehow missed the internet craze so big, we’ve devoted nine previous posts (and ten after this one!) to it; Wordle is the game the world keeps talking about. That’s probably because it managed the perfect mix of ease to play, difficulty to master, scarcity (one game per day) and bragging rights. We talked about strategy, alternatives and more. We’ve even put together a page to give you Wordle hints and the answer if you’re really stuck.

But that’s all going to change. After all, Wordle was a passion project built by Josh Wardle for his partner, who loves word games. It exploded in ways no one could have foreseen, as evidenced by the answers being available right in the site’s code.

The New York Times confirms it agreed to buy the game at a price in “the low seven figures” and will take over its management entirely. That includes a move to the NYT site, though Wardle promises your streaks and wins will make the switch, too.

But while Wardle’s initial report gave hope that the game would remain free for everyone to play, The New York Times’ own coverage threw cold water with a simple statement:

The company said the game would initially remain free for new and existing players.

Note the keyword ‘initially’. Which in turn means “eventually it won’t be free anymore.” That shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that the NYT already hosts content behind paywalls, from the daily news coverage to the Wirecutter reviews to even games like its crossword puzzles. Add another game to the list.

It is not a clear confirmation and Wordle can remain free. But if and when it goes behind a paywall, there are always alternatives.

Source: NYT

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