The Encyclopaedia Britannica affiliate Merriam-Webster, well-recognized for its online dictionary, recently announced that it had bought the popular Wordle clone known as Quordle. The particulars of the transaction have yet to be made public.
There needs to be more publicity regarding the acquisition; however, the Quordle website now directs users to its section on the Merriam-Webster website. Additionally, the creator of Quordle, Freddie Meyer, has quietly issued the following statement at the pinnacle of the Quordle tutorial segment:
“With great pleasure, I let you know that Merriam-Webster has purchased Quordle. This game could not find a more suitable environment. Stay tuned, as many exciting new content and features will be added.”
Quordle Following Wordle’s Path?
Following Wordle's meteoric ascent to prominence throughout the globe, a slew of imitators sprang online, and Quordle is only one of them. Wordle is a simple web-based game that, for those who are unfamiliar with it, provides players with six opportunities to guess a five-letter word. If they predict any letters correctly, they are given color-coded hints as feedback. The New York Times paid a seven-figure fee to acquire Wordle in January of this year, and the game has brought millions of new members to the NYT's Games service in the months after the acquisition was made. Later on, the media conglomerate included Wordle in its crossword app and even made Wordle into a board game you can play in your own home.
Suppose we needed proof of Wordle's long-tail cultural and technical effect. In that case, we need to go as far as Spotify's purchase of a music guessing game named Heardle, inspired by Wordle last summer. It is important to note that this transaction took place.
Quordle, on the other hand, is based on the original Wordle idea. Still, players must figure out four different five-letter words simultaneously using just nine possible guesses instead of one word. Each guess must be a real word and apply to the four terms. The tiles change colour to indicate to the user which answers are right and if a letter occurs in that word, however, in a different place.
Wordle's Rise To Fame
After making his debut in February of last year, only one month following the NYT, it was announced that Quordle had amassed one million players in less than two months after his introduction. Quordle's founder, Meyer, said that he had "no ambitions to commercialize Quordle," which is similar to what Wordle's developer said: "I have no plans to monetize Wordle." Quordle was, however, not much more than a hobby project. The portal's creators did incorporate some advertisements on it as a replacement for the practice of seeking contributions to pay expenditures.
A fast forward to the present day reveals that Merriam-Webster is the current owner of Quordle. Merriam-Webster is a brand that has expanded beyond its roots in printed dictionaries, which date back nearly two centuries, to include its first website in 1996, followed by a multitude of tenuous language-focused digital services, including a vocabulary app for children. Merriam-Webster acquired Quordle in 2018. Quordle will now be hosted on one of its internet domains, a portal that features games and quizzes like the New York Times.
In a statement sent to TechCrunch, Merriam-Webster President Greg Barlow stated, "We're happy to announce that Merriam-Webster has bought Quordle, the massively popular word game and even a favourite of Merriam-Webster editors." Quordle is a favourite of Merriam-Webster editors."
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