Thepopular online word game Wordle late last month, and the free and easy-to-use game would be ruined. On Thursday, the game began redirecting to a Times website. While players could still play Wordle, some noticed their game statistics, including win streaks and guess distribution, were resetting.
The newspaper tweeted a note to players, saying, "Hi Wordlers! We are aware that your 'current streak' has been reset today. Our Games team is currently investigating. Stay tuned for more Wordle updates."
"Shortly after starting to redirect traffic to our Wordle site at 2:30 p.m. ET, we identified an issue that affected how a player's Current Streak was calculated," a New York Times spokesperson told me via email. "We discovered the root of the issue and deployed a solution around 7 p.m. ET. We can confirm this solution is working for users that visited the New York Times's Wordle page after the fix was released."
But what about those who went to the game site between 2:30 and 7 p.m. ET, and seem to have lost their streak? Can they get it back? The Times spokesperson told me that workers are "now shifting our focus" to address that issue, so stay tuned.
"We are seeing promising indicators that all other statistics were successfully transferred for a majority of our users," the spokesperson told me.
Earlier in the day, fans reacted on social media, with one person writing, "The Times screwed up this simple little pleasure faster than expected."
Another wrote, "Honestly the NYT killing my Wordle streak is worse than their worst op-eds."
I tried playing on the new site before the Times deployed their fix, and my current streak was reset. But not everyone was having the streak problem. Some CNET staffers played on the new site, and found their streak and other statistics carried over.
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Wordle is the brainchild of software engineer Josh Wardle, who created the game as a gift for his game-loving partner.