The New York Times has acquired Wordle, a simple word guessing game, for an undisclosed price in the low-seven figures, the newspaper announced Monday.
The game, created by Josh Wardle, will initially continue to be free to play.
Wordle, which was released in October 2021, is a daily word puzzle that has soared in popularity, amassing millions of daily players within months.
To play the game, players have six tries to guess a five-letter word. Many users choose to share their results — a grid of green, yellow and black boxes — on social media.
Wardle, who named the game after his last name, released Wordle to the public in October 2021. He initially created the game for his partner, who he'd known was a fan of word games.