Social media users angered by sale of Wordle to New York Times

PHOTO: Getty Images

Social media users are up in arms over news that the New York Times has purchased the hugely popular online word game, Wordle. On Monday, the NYT confirmed it has purchased Wordle for an undisclosed “low” 7-figure sum. While the publication has stated that the game will remain available to users without the need for a paid subscription, the word “initially” has been slipped in to that statement and that’s what’s fuelling mistrust among users.

One Wordle player took to Twitter to voice suspicion at the development, amid fears the game could end up behind a paywall.

“I have never seen Twitter as immediately mad as it is about the NYT Wordle buyout. The NYT took one nice and simple thing that a lot of people really liked, a dumb bit of fun in our exhaustingly dark times, and implied that they’ll stick it behind a paywall.”

Wordle requires players to guess a new 5-letter word each day, using a maximum of 6 tries. The game was created by British software engineer Josh Wardle as something to play with his girlfriend. Within months of him releasing it on the world in October, it had garnered millions of players around the world, including Daily Show host, Trevor Noah. Wardle admits he’s still coming to terms with things.

“I would be lying if I said this hasn’t been a little overwhelming. After all, I am just one person, and it is important to me that, as Wordle grows, it continues to provide a great experience to everyone.”

Meanwhile, the NYT says the purchase of Wordle is part of a strategy to expand its digital content offering, with a goal of reaching 10 million subscribers by 2025.

SOURCE: Reuters

Maya Taylor

A seasoned writer, with a degree in Creative Writing. Over ten years' experience in producing blog and magazine articles, news reports and website content.