Perhaps the only thing that united social media more than playing Wordle together for the last few weeks is the news that the New York Times has purchased the game for “low seven figures.” Of course, the reaction to the purchase is a bit more negative in nature than the fun we have all had playing it.

“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,” the Times notes in its press release. The unsaid part of that sentence is that the Times will almost certainly require registration or paywall in order to play after that. There are some NY Times games that are free to play, but for games that have larger appeal, such as their crossword puzzle, a subscription is required.

Sports media folks usually have shared tastes, such as Bruce Springsteen and free press box food, and it’s easy to see that Wordle was on that list as well. Anyone following sports writers and reporters on Twitter has been inundated with Wordle results over the last few weeks, and many of them had a reaction to the news that will likely alter the way they play when not doing interviews or writing up post-game articles.

The reactions range from dejection to snark to concern to a mix of all three.

There’s also the added wrinkle that many sportswriters for The Athletic see Wordle as their new “co-worker,” as that subscription-based company was also purchased by the Times last month.

Enjoy Wordle for free while you can.

[NY Times]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to