“Since Wordle launched, I’ve been impressed with the response from everyone who’s played it. The game has gotten bigger than I ever imagined (which I guess isn’t really a feat given that I made the game for an audience of 1),” Wardle said in a statement.
The word game which spanned multiple social media platforms with a grid of green, yellow and black squares, will continue to be free for new and existing players for the time being.
Wardle launched the game in October 2021 and only had 90 daily players on November 1, 2021. The browser-based game has now crossed 3 lakh daily players and continues to grow.
“I would be lying if I said it hasn’t been a bit overwhelming. After all, I’m just one person, and it’s important to me that as Wordle grows it continues to provide a great experience everyone,” Wardle added.
In case you missed the hype surrounding the game, Wordle is like a crossword and can only be played once per day. Every 24 hours there is a new word of the day, and it is up to the player to find out. Each player has six chances to make the correct guess, which is a randomly chosen five-letter word.
If you have the right letter in the right place, it appears in green. A correct letter in the wrong place appears in yellow. A letter that is not in the word anywhere appears in gray. You can enter a total of six words.
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“I have long admired the NYT’s approach to its games and the respect with which it treats its players. Their values are aligned with mine on these issues and I am thrilled that they will be stewards of the game going forward. .
The game’s creator, Wardly, further informed that when Wordle moves to the NYT site, it will be free to play for everyone while both parties are currently working to ensure that the player’s wins and streak will be preserved.