The Times announced today that the popular spelling puzzle app Wordle will make its debut on The New York Times Crossword app. After a lot of imitators and copycats, the NYT Crossword app is now at the top of searches in the iOS and Android app stores.
Users won’t have to worry about losing their scores and streaks because The NYT will let users make an account to keep track of their gameplay. Even though the app itself is free to download, this so-called “free account” is only available for a seven-day trial. After that, users are asked to pay either $4.99 per month or $39.99 for the year. The subscription would also give the user access to puzzles like Spelling Bee, The Mini, and The Crossword.
The move to better integrate Wordle comes after The New York Times bought the rights to the game earlier this year for an undisclosed amount. According to the company’s financial results for the first quarter, the game was responsible for the best quarter ever for net subscribers for Games, the publication said. Since the publication bought Wordle, it has used it to promote its other games.
Even though the game’s creator, Josh Wardle, and his partner made it as a hobby, some people play it every day. In July, The Times announced that the WordleBot would help users improve their skills. The tool gives people who like words a score from 0 to 99 based on their skills and luck, but it also tells them how they can improve their search.
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The NYT wants to take advantage of how popular the game is, so they announced that the online word game would be made into a board game. Hasbro, a toy company, is working with the company to release Wordle: The Party Game in October.
that as many as 2 million people were playing Wordle and that it had been mentioned in over 32 million tweets since its launch. The Times reports that 10% of active Wordle players have played 145 or more games.