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The New York Times Acquires Viral Word Game Wordle

The New York Times announced on Monday that it has purchased Wordle, a famous free online word game that has become a daily fixation for some.

It stated that the purchase price was in the “low-seven figures,” but did not provide any details.

“At the time it transfers to The New York Times, Wordle will be free to play for new and current players, and no modifications to its gameplay will be made,” according to The New York Times, which boasts popular word games like Spelling Bee and its crossword puzzle.

Josh Wardle, a software programmer from Brooklyn, invented Wordle. He originally created it for his spouse, but in October he made it public. Only 90 individuals had played it as of November 1st. After individuals started posting their results on social media, that figure grew to 300,000 in only two months.

According to The New York Times, the easy game that allows players to identify a five-letter phrase in six trials with no suggestions now has millions of daily participants. It’s also become a viral internet sensation, inspiring imitators such as “Airportle,” a game in which you guess airport abbreviations, and “Queertle,” a game in which you guess phrases related to the LGBTQ community.

To play Wordle right now, go to its website. Simply put a five-letter word into the box. If any letters become green, you’ve placed the correct letter in the correct location. Gray letters indicate that they are not in the word of the day, while yellow letters indicate that they are in the wrong position.

Wordle’s popularity stems from its simplicity: there are no frills, no adverts, and no need to provide your email account to play – simply a webpage with 30 blank squares and a keyboard. Some applications have sought to cash in on Wordle’s popularity, confounding users who downloaded — or even paid for — apps thinking it was the original.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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