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Wordle inventor sells game to New York Times for £750,000

The software inventor who created Wordle has sold his game to a newspaper for £750,000.

Josh Wardle came up with the word teasing game to amuse his girlfriend, Palak Shah.

At first, Wordle – a play in his surname Wardle – was played among a handful of family and friends.

During the pandemic lockdowns Josh and Palak played countless word games.

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So, he decided to invent his own.

No more than 90 people played along during the early days – now, Wordle has millions of followers.

John sold his game to the New York Times.

He said: “New York Times Games play a big part in its origins, and so this step feels very natural to me.”

Earlier, Josh, 36, said:

“I feel smart when I get a Wordle, even though I made the game.

“It’s about the journey, especially on days like today where I’m like really stumped and I like have to think about it.

“It’s hard enough that it will hit, like, that sense of accomplishment that feels good.”

He said releasing just one game a day was very deliberate.

Josh – who now lives in America – said:

“I’m just kind of suspicious of apps and games that want your endless attention.

“I worked in Silicon Valley. I know why they do that.

“With Wordle I deliberately did what you’re not meant to do if growth is your goal.

“And bizarrely, I think, those things have led to growth.”

Josh is a garduate from the Royal Holloway University of London.

He now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

 

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