What is Wordle?
Wordle is a web-based word game created and developed by Welsh software engineer Josh Wardle, and owned and published by The New York Times Company since 2022.
The simple word game is a great 5-minute daily brain-teaser to do on your lunchbreak or commute. And parents might find it to be a fun car game for kids too, helping to keep them quiet and entertained on the school run. If you haven’t tried your hand at the online game as yet, here’s what you need to know to play along.
Wordle is an online 5-letter word game. Each day a new word is released and players have six attempts to guess what the word of the day is.
How do you play it?
During the guesses, tiles will change colour to help players get the word.
A grey letter means it isn’t in today’s word, whilst a yellow letter signals it is in the word but in the wrong position. Then there’s the green letter which means it’s in the word and in the right place.
Players select letters of the alphabet on the virtual keyboard and enter them into the 5 blank tiles. When they’re happy with their 5-letter word guess, they press the submit button. This then checks the word and lets you know if your word or some of the letters are correct. If it’s completely right – the full 5 letters turn green.
If you correctly guess the word within the 6 attempts, then you win the game. If you win two days in a row or more, you automatically receive a winning streak. This keeps rolling over, unless you fail to guess the word one day and the streak is broken.
It’s proved to be a very popular game, with 300,000 players reported at the beginning of January. It’s now believed that over 2 million users are playing Wordle globally.
How to get the Wordle game?
Wordle is available to play online only. It is accessed via the webpage https://www.nytimes.com/games/wordle/index.html. And players return to this page everyday to guess the new word-of-the-day.
Who invented Wordle?
Wordle was created by Welsh-born Josh Wardle, a former employee at social news website Reddit. The software engineer first came up with the game in 2013, creating a prototype for his friends to play. But they didn’t take to it and he retired it. Josh revisited the game again during the pandemic and after proving popular with family members, he decided to take it public.
Though Josh invented the game he no longer owns Wordle. A very famous company bought the rights to the game in early 2022.
How much was Wordle sold for?
The New York Times bought Wordle from Josh Wardle in February 2022. Though an exact figure wasn’t shared, Wordle sold the game for a price “in the low seven figures”. The creator shared news of the deal on his Twitter account.
The New York Times confirmed the sale. And shared that Wordle will join their online Games portfolio:
“If you’re like me, you probably wake up every morning thinking about Wordle, and savouring those precious moments of discovery, surprise and accomplishment,” said Jonathan Knight, general manager for The New York Times Games section.
“We could not be more thrilled to become the new home and proud stewards of this magical game, and are honored to help bring Josh Wardle’s cherished creation to more solvers in the months ahead.”
Will Wordle no longer be free?
No, Wordle will continue to be available to play for free when it moves to The New York Times. This has both been confirmed in statements by the newspaper and game creator Josh Wardle.
Wordle players were initially worried that a fee to play Wordle would happen. This is because in order to play The New York Times games you have to be a paid subscriber.
“At the time it moves to The New York Times, Wordle will be free to play for new and existing players, and no changes will be made to its gameplay,” confirmed the paper in a press release.
Josh also re-iterated that Wordle will remain “free for everyone”. He added that he was also working with the company to keep the wins and streaks preserved.