Bet you didn’t guess that one.
what you need to know
- The New York Times announced that it had purchased the popular Wordle puzzle game.
- The game will remain free “initially” under the ownership of The New York Times.
- Wordle was bought “for an undisclosed price below seven figures.”
The popular puzzle game Wordle, which has taken over Twitter, has just been acquired “for an undisclosed price below seven figures,” the New York Times announced on Monday.
The game, which lets players guess a new five-letter word every day for up to six attempts, first launched online in October and has gone viral. Although there is no official app, the game can be played on the web browser on the best Android phones.
“If you’re like me, you probably wake up thinking about Wordle every morning and enjoy those precious moments of discovery, surprise, and achievement,” Jonathan Knight, general manager of games at The New York Times, said in a statement. “This game does what few games do – it captures our collective imagination and brings us closer together.”
“We are very excited to be the new home and proud stewards of this amazing game, and honored to help bring Mr. Wardle’s cherished creation to more solvers in the coming months.”
The game was created by Josh Wardle just to entertain his wife during a pandemic that we can all relate to. That’s probably why the game has gained so much popularity over the past few months amid the recent surge.
However, since it became popular, numerous knockoff versions have appeared on the app store. That said, anyone who wants to try can find the official Wordle game here. There’s also a version of the game that can be played on Google Sheets called Sheetle.
Wardle posted a statement on his Twitter account, saying he was grateful the game brought joy to many. You can read his statement below:
Updates for Wordle pic.twitter.com/TmHd0AIRLX
— Josh Wardle (@powerlanguish) January 31, 2022
The New York Times said the game will be “initially” free to new and existing players.