Worldle sells for millions of dollars to The New York Times

Wordle is a simple word game that has become very popular lately. It was only a matter of time before a major company moved in, and The New York Times bought the web-based game for somewhere “in the low seven figures.”

NYT has not given an exact figure when it announced purchasing the game, but to Josh Wardle, who made Wordle himself, anything in the seven-figure range sounds like a life-changing amount of money.

As for what this means for people who need their everyday Wordle fix, Wardle says the game will remain free-to-play, even though NYT puts most of its best content behind a paywall.

“When the game moves to the NYT site, it will be free for everyone to play, and I’m working with them to make sure your wins and streaks are preserved,” Wardle said in an image at a tweet.

However, NYT said the “game would initially remain free for new and existing players,” giving the company the option to bill for the game at a later date.

Obviously money is a factor, but Wardle also called game keeping “overwhelming.” It’s hard to blame him. A game that seemingly becomes a cultural phenomenon overnight must be a lot for one person to manage.

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