The New York Times buys the world famous puzzle game Wordle
WordleThe browser game that helps all your Twitter friends post weird colored blocks to your feed, has been purchased by The New York Times.
NYT Announce the agreement Second, say they paid Wordle creator Josh Wardle, a software engineer, at “low seven figures” for the rights to his game.
The NYT also said the popular puzzle game will remain “originally” free for new and existing players, suggesting it could become part of the newspaper’s subscription plans in the future.
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Wordle is a puzzle game that requires players to correctly guess a five-letter word. Each failed guess has the potential to give new clues as to what the answer really is using a color-coded block system. “The New York Times Games played an important role in its origins,” Wardle said in the company statement, “and so this step feels very natural to me.”
Wardle previously told an NYT reporter that he and his partner took up word games like the NYT crossword and Spelling Bee during the COVID pandemic.
Wordle was originally published in October 2021, attracting 90 users by November 1, now millions of people play the game and Multiple copies appear on iOS and Android app stores trying to ride its ponytails.
“The Times remains focused on becoming the essential subscription for every English speaker who wants to understand and interact with the world,” a statement from the company reads. “The New York Times Games is an important part of that strategy.”
You can check IGN’s Wordle wiki for tips on how to play more efficiently.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer for IGN.
https://www.ign.com/articles/wordle-new-york-times-deal The New York Times buys the world famous puzzle game Wordle