The New York Times runs Wordle now, and stats are getting m-e-s-s-y

Wordle, the extremely popular online puzzle, is now officially run by The New York Times after its creator sold it a few weeks ago. It lives on a new URL, https://www.nytimes.com/games/wordle/index.htmlbut before you get to your daily game, you should know that there are currently issues with the way player stats (including streaks, win percentages, and betting distribution) are being transferred from the old to the new version.

this is what a FAQ page 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 at New York Times Games. Nothing to do on your side.

Help out! 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 few Verge writers, this has not been the case. Some have clicked the stats button to see a completely blank 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 be reset. And one of our lucky employees experienced a peaceful transfer of power, allowing them to keep their streak and stats.

In a tweetthe Times said it was aware of the stripes 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 #Words 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 was redirected to the Times 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 isn’t how it’s supposed to work – The Times says everything just has to come. The outlet did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Custom Hour, 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 might 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 also made some changes to the game. The sans serif title has been replaced with a font that is 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: Added tweet from the Times confirming the issue.

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