Fans accuse online game ‘Wordle’ of stealing TV show


The famous online word game “Word” has fans perplexed.

People are calling the game out for allegedly scamming the “Lingo” game show.

Wordle, a daily puzzle where players have six chances to guess a five-letter word, is so popular that The New York Times recently purchased Wordle for a seven-figure sum from creator Josh Wardle.

But today, its originality is questioned. Users took to Twitter to point out the similarities between “Lingo” and Wordle.

An user responded to the newspaper’s announcement on Twitter that they bought the game: “Does @NYTimesWord Games just pay a million for the GSN Lingo game show? »

Another one added“Is the wordle like Lingo? Black squares mean none of the letters are in the word Yellow squares mean that letter is in the word but in the wrong place And green squares mean the letters are in the word. right place in the word Did Worldle just recycle hipster LINGO?”

“I just saw the ‘creator’ of this Wordle word game sold it for 7 figures to the NY Times.. But it’s the exact same game as the game show ‘Lingo’. How it works ? 🤔 Can someone just rip off old game shows for app ideas? New app idea: wheel of fortune, but call it “prize wheel” 🤷‍♂️”, demand.

“Lingo” was created by television producer Ralph Andrews in 1987 and aired on the UK network ITV. The series made its way to the United States in 2002 on Game Show Network and was hosted by Chuck Woolery. He stayed on the air for five years and returned to the network in 2011.

Wardle announced on Jan. 31 the sale of his puzzle to the New York-based publication.

He did not respond to the Post’s request for comment.

The New York Times recently bought Wordle for a seven-figure sum from creator Josh Wardle.
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“The game has become bigger than I imagined,” Wardle said on social media, adding that he was “thrilled” with the purchase. “I would be lying if I said [running Wordle] wasn’t a bit overwhelming.

He continued: “It’s amazing to see a game bring so much joy to so many people, and I’m so grateful for the personal stories some of you have shared with me – from Wordle bringing together family members distant, causing friendly rivalries, to support medical recoveries.

Following the announcement, Jonathan Knight, Managing Director of Games for The New York Times, said he was “honored to help bring Mr. Wardle’s beloved creation to more solvers in the months ahead.”


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