Puzzle game

A viral puzzle game is bought by the New York Times

Wordle, the viral puzzle game, sold for millions of dollars just three months after its launch.

The New York Times said it picked up the hugely popular game for a price “in the seven figures”.

He said Wordle would “initially” remain free to play and no changes would be made to its gameplay.

The game gives players six attempts to guess a five-letter word, with only one out each day.

Wordle was only played by 90 people in November, but the total has since soared to millions worldwide.

Josh Wardle, a Brooklyn-based Welsh software engineer, designed the game to entertain his puzzle-loving girlfriend during the pandemic.

The couple were the first to play the game but quickly gained support among friends and family.

Mr Wardle previously told The New York Times that he started Wordle after he and his girlfriend “got really immersed” in newspaper crossword and spelling games during the pandemic.

He commented on Monday, “Since launching Wordle I have been impressed with the response and the game has become bigger than I ever imagined.

“On the other hand, it’s been a bit overwhelming. I’m just one person and it’s important to me that as Wordle grows he continues to provide a great experience for everyone.

Wordle will now be featured alongside these games in the American company’s puzzle portfolio.

In December, The Times had 1 million subscriptions for its games section, which plays an increasingly important role in plans to increase the total number of digital users to 10 million by 2025.

Mr Wardle added: “If you have followed Wordle’s story, you will know that The New York Times Games play a big part in its origins, and so this step feels very natural to me.

“I have long admired The Times’ approach to the quality of its games and the respect with which it treats its players. Their values ​​are aligned with mine on these issues and I am delighted that they are guardians of the game. in the future.