/ 15 March 2024

No more fun and games


If you’re someone who looks forward to weekend mornings with a game of Nerdle, Dordle, Squirdle or Quordle (promise we didn’t make those up), be warned… The New York Times has lawyered up and sent a copyright infringement notice to the bevy of apps that sound – and look – suspiciously like its own game, Wordle. Devotees know the game exploded in popularity in 2021 – prompting plenty of Rubik’s cube-looking Tweets that confused non-users. It was subsequently purchased by the NYT, with full access given only to the US paper’s subscribers. Cue another explosion of replica games… But the NYT says no more – it’s sent takedown notices to “hundreds of websites popping up with knock-offs”. How Absurdle…

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