Social media users across the globe have been captivated by the simplistic yet engaging puzzle game, Wordle. The popularity of the game was heightened by the fact that players could share their scores on platforms such as Facebook, thereby bringing forth a sense of community. Now, NYT has acquired the game for a 7 digit figure.
When Wordle was first released in October last year it had a meager 90 players in the first month. But, the next month that number shot up to 300,000. Now, with over a million daily plays, this daily puzzle game is one of the most popular in its segment. The game was invented very casually by Josh Wardle with the intent to be played by his family. But, as he introduced it to a few friends it gained immense popularity fast.
The game will now be hosted on the NYT website and this will garner further popularity. NYT stated that they have no intention to change the gameplay and it will remain completely free for all. NYT has many such games on its website, and the creator is extremely pleased that Wordle has found a spot among them. Word puzzle games were always a part of daily newspapers, and it is natural that Wordle will be placed in one of the largest daily e-papers.
The game revolves around figuring out a word within 6 tries. With each try, certain letters and their placement in the target word are revealed. Once completed within 6 tries, users can share their score on their social media account. While the gameplay is quite simple, the process is truly captivating. It is also obvious that the pandemic situation has people spending more time online, and thus Wordle has become a favorite.