FILE – A sign for The New York Times hangs above the entrance to its building, Thursday, May 6, 2021 in New York. On Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, the Times announced it has bought Wordle, the free online word game that has exploded in popularity in a matter of months. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The New York Times revealed yesterday (January 31st) that it has bought Wordle, the wildly popular free online word game that debuted in October and has millions of daily players, for a price in the “low-seven figures.” The Times, which has other popular word games, said, “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.” But that doesn’t mean it will stay free, and after paying in the millions for the game, it might be a good bet that it won’t. A Brooklyn software engineer named Josh Wardle created Wordle, originally making it for his partner, but deciding to release it publicly in October. The number of players grew from 90 on November 1st to 300,000 in just two months after people began sharing their scores on social media.