In his statement confirming the sale to the New York Times, Wardle said: “Since launching Wordle, I’ve been in awe of the response from everyone that has played.
“The game has got much bigger than I ever imagined (which I suppose isn’t that much of a feat given I made the game for an audience of one).
“It has been incredible to watch a game bring so much joy to so many, and I feel so grateful for the personal stories some of you have shared with me – from Wordle uniting distant family members, to provoking friendly rivalries, to supporting medical recoveries.
“On the flip side, I’d be lying if I said this hasn’t been a bit overwhelming.
“After all, I’m just one person, and it is important to me that, as Wordle grows, it continues to provide a great experience to everyone.”