The New York Times buys Wordle, a popular online game – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBS New York) — A word game developed by a New Yorker went viral after just a few months online and now The New York Times owns it.

CBS2s Vanessa Murdock has the right word on Wordle users.

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“It’s the first thing I do when I wake up in the morning,” said Tatum Dougherty, a resident of Hoboken.

“It’s addictive,” said Minnesota resident Will Webster. “I feel like I have to keep playing.”

“I don’t play it. I’m bored playing it,” said Midtown resident Tyce Green.

Lots of people are playing, talking, tweeting, TikToking about what Steve Yaros describes as a “simplistic pun”.

An app you can access for free through any web browser – no app needed. The Goal: Guess the 5-letter word of the day in six attempts or less.

Many choose to share their solutions – you’ve probably seen these question grids before

New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz plays. He spoke with “CBS Sunday Morning”.

“You’re trying to use a five-letter word. The computer tells you which letters are in the correct position, but which letters of your guess are correct, but in the wrong position,” Shortz said.

The New York Times has just announced the acquisition of Wordle from its Brooklyn creator, Josh Wardle.

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Wardle tweeted in part, “NYT games play a big part in its origins…this step feels very natural to me.”

In a statement, The New York Times shared that it “remains focused on becoming the essential subscription for anyone who is English-speaking looking to understand and interact with the world…gaming is a key part of that strategy. “.

“I hope they continue to offer a free version,” said CNET editor Scott Stein.

Stein says many fear that Wordle will end up behind a paywall.

“The fact that you can play it on a web browser, on pretty much anything,” he said. “It’s the best thing and what everyone is a little sad about with the acquisition of The Times.”

For now, the Times says new and existing users can still play for free.

“It was just a website and now it’s pretty huge,” Dougherty said.

“Do you think this is in your future?” Murdock asked.

“That may be the case,” Green said.

No doubt the New York Times hopes so.

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Although The Times did not reveal Wordle’s exact purchase price, it was in the seven figures.

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