The New York Times has purchased popular online game Wordle, the company announced on Monday (January 31st).
Wordle, first launched by creator Josh Wardle in October, has grown from 90 daily players on November 1, 2021 to millions of players today, according to the New York Times. The game involves players trying to guess a five-letter word from six guesses. After each guess, the tiles will change color to indicate if the letter is used in that word and if it is in the correct place.
“The game has done what so few games have done: it captured our collective imagination and brought us all closer together. We couldn’t be more thrilled to become the new home and proud stewards of this magical game, and are honored to help bring Josh Wardle’s beloved creation to more Solvers in the months ahead,” said Jonathan Knight, Chief Games Officer of The New York Times. Wordle will have an exciting future with the help of a talented team of engineers, designers, editors and more, improving the user experience.”
Knight said Wordle will join other New York Times games such as crosswords, mini crosswords, spelling and sudoku.
Wardle, a software engineer in Brooklyn, said selling the game to The New York Times felt “very natural.”
“I have long admired The Times’ approach to the quality of its games and the respect with which it treats its players,” Wardle said. “Their values are aligned with mine on these issues and I am delighted that they will be stewards of the game going forward.”
The New York Times bought Wordle for an undisclosed seven-figure amount.
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— Josh Wardle (@powerlanguish) January 31, 2022