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Will Quordle get harder now that it is owned by the dictionary?

Merriam-Webster Buys Wordle-Style Hit Game, Quordle

The popular Wordle-inspired game Quordle has now been acquired by Merriam-Webster, an American company known for its dictionaries.

For the blissfully unaware, the puzzle is essentially Wordle, quadrupled. The premise of the game remains the same, with players having to guess a five-letter word each day.

The only difference is, Quordle players have to guess four five-letter words at the same time to win.

Quordle is now hosted on Merriam-Webster's site as opposed to its own. There's also a subtle logo at the top of the page to confirm the move.

A low-key statement on the site read: "I'm delighted to announce that Quordle was acquired by Merriam-Webster! I can't think of a better home for this game. Lots of new features and fun to come, so stay tuned!"

Meanwhile, Merriam-Webster said they were "thrilled" to acquire "a favorite of Merriam-Webster editors."

They told TechCrunch: "It will make a great addition to our lineup of games and quizzes, and we look forward to playing along with the millions of Quordle fans every day."

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Social media users are now speculating whether the game will get tougher, having been taken over by a dictionary company.

If it follows in the NYT taking over Wordle's footsteps last year, we're sure we'll be seeing feeds flooded with memes anytime soon.

Quordle was birthed by a group of Wordle fans who initially started playing a Wordle spin-off, Dordle. Dordle is another version where people have to guess two five-letter words.

Creator Freddie Meyer said engineer David Mah put together the first prototype of the game "in a moment of evil and genius".

Meyer said: "It was truly horrific code (it even had two keyboards) but I knew that I had to continue the madness. With hindsight, he really baited me into finishing his monstrous creation."

He also credits another person named Guilherme S Tows with Quordle’s creation.

You can play Quordle for free at https://www.merriam-webster.com/games/quordle/#/.

Indy100 reached out to Merriam-Webster for comment.

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