Wordle, the wildly popular online puzzle, is now officially run by The New York Times after the maker sold it a few weeks ago. It lives on a new URL, https://www.nytimes.com/games/wordle/index.html, but before you go to your daily game, you should know that there are currently issues with how player stats (including streaks, win percentages and betting distribution) are transferred from the old to the new version.
This is where a FAQ page comes from The times says about how the transfer of statistics should work:
How can I transfer my game stats to the new Wordle site?
We’ve automatically transferred your game stats (including streaks) to Wordle’s new home of the New York Times Games. Nothing to do on your side.
To help! My game stats or streaks did not migrate correctly.
We’ve automatically transferred your game stats to Wordle’s new home at New York Times Games. If your data looks slightly different than you remember, first make sure you’re opening the game on the same device and browser you used before. Your game data will be saved locally in your browser and your stats will be transferred automatically without any additional action on your part.
for quite a bit roadside writers, this has not been the case. Some have clicked the stats button to see a completely clean slate, with no streaks or stats. You can see how many games they’ve played and what their win rate is, but their streak seems to have been reset. And one of our lucky employees experienced a peaceful transfer of power, allowing them to keep their streak and stats.
In a tweetthe Time said it was aware of the streaks reset and that it is investigating.
Hello Word Searchers! We are aware that your “current series” was reset today. Our Games team is currently investigating. Stay tuned for more #Wordl updates.— NYTimes Wordplay (@NYTimesWordplay) February 10, 2022
The writer who kept their stats seemed to get around these issues when they went to the old URL (www.powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle/) and were redirected to the Time‘ version. That doesn’t seem like a foolproof tactic, though, as one of our writers isn’t even being redirected at this point and still has access to the original game (and its stats).
Again, this is not how it should work – The times says everything just has to come. The outlet did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The edge, where we asked if there was a way to make sure you were tracking your stats. An assistant editor-in-chief for the newspaper tweeted a link to the new URL, but has since deleted it – so it may be a good idea to put off your daily game for a while until everything is resolved (unless, of course, you’ve got your own offline version of the original game).
The times takeover has also introduced a few changes to the game. The sans serif title has been replaced with a font very much in the style of the game’s new owners. There is also a new menu in the left corner that you can access to access other NYT games. And of course, all help and Twitter links go to Times accounts rather than creator Josh Wardle.
Update February 10, 4:50 PM ET: Tweet added from the Time confirm the problem.