(NEXSTAR) – Wordle, a simple game that has gone viral in recent weeks, has been acquired for “an undisclosed seven-figure price” by The New York Times Company, according to an announcement on Monday.
If you used to watch Lingo on the Game Show Network, then Wordle will sound largely familiar to you. Created by Josh Wardle, a software engineer from Brooklyn, Wordle is a free online game which challenges players every day to identify a five-letter word in six tries or less.
By early November, around 90 people were playing Wordle, according to The Times. Now, nearly two months later, millions of people are playing the game daily.
“If you’ve followed Wordle’s story, you’ll know that The New York Times games play a big part in its origins, and so this step feels very natural to me,” Wardle said in the announcement of the purchase.
In a recent interview with BBC Radio 4, Wardle revealed that he had programmed the game to accept over 12,000 possible guesses (based on the number of five-letter words in the dictionary), but only about 2,500 of these words are included in the game’s pool of acceptable random solutions. Specifically, the game’s source code indicates that there are 12,972 acceptable guesses, but only 2,315 solutions, according to online analysts.
For now, Wordle will remain free and the gameplay will not change, The Times noted.
The Times already offers a wide variety of games, from its well-known crosswords to Spelling Bee, Letter Boxed, Tiles and Vertex.
“The Times remains focused on becoming the essential subscription for anyone English-speaking seeking to understand and interact with the world. The New York Times games are a key part of this strategy,” the company said. noted.
Michael Bartiromo contributed to this report.
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