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Hit puzzle game Wordle has been acquired by The New York Times

The New York Times Company has acquired the hit online puzzle game Wordle.

Created by Josh Wardle, a software engineer in Brooklyn, Wordle challenges players to identify a five-letter mystery word each day.

The free game has seen a meteoric rise since its release in October 2021. Played by just 90 people on November 1, the figure had risen to 300,000 two months later, and it now has millions of daily players.

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The New York Times said on Monday that it had acquired Wordle for an undisclosed price “in the seven figures.”

He added, “By the time it goes to The New York Times, Wordle will be free to play for new and existing players, and there will be no changes to its gameplay.”

As well as remaining free to play, at least initially, Wardle said work is underway to ensure players’ wins and streaks are preserved.

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“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 uniting estranged family members, to provoking from friendly rivalries, to supporting medical recoveries,” he said.

“On the other hand, I would be lying if I said it hasn’t been a little overwhelming. After all, I’m only one person, and it’s important to me that as Wordle grows he continues to provide a great experience for everyone.

Wardle added, “I have long admired the NYT’s approach to their games and the respect with which they treat their players. Their values ​​are aligned with mine on these issues and I am delighted that they will be stewards of the game going forward.