Your Wordle stats will soon follow you across browsers and devices

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The sale of Wordle to the New York Times earlier this year sparked some consternation among committed fans, who worried that the quick, fun, and free word game phenom would end up overburdened with extraneous features and, worse, monetization. The Times' statement that the game will "initially remain free" did not help that situation. But so far, so good—it's still free, still fun, and still incredibly basic—and today the new owners announced a change that will actually make it meaningfully better for a lot of players.

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Wordle being played on a phone

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Wordle tracks stats, most notably streaks—how many games in a row you've played without blowing it. The problem is that those stats are based on device, rather than player, so if for example you play Wordle on your PC and your mobile phone, your stats and streaks will be different on each. 

But that will soon change, as players will soon have the option to link their Wordle stats to an NYT account. That means that as long as you're logged in, your stats will follow you no matter what device you're playing on—and importantly, it will work with free accounts as well as paid. Think of it as cloud saving, but for crossword puzzles.

The stat-linking functionality doesn't appear to be live yet—I fired up Wordle for the first time in months today, and there's no sign of a linking option. The Times hasn't tweeted anything further on the status of the update either, saying only that it's coming "soon."

As for why this is a big deal, it really all comes down to ego: Publicly revelling in your word-guessing prowess is a big deal for a lot of players. In case there's any doubt about how strong that urge really is, here's what happened as soon as the topic of Wordle came up in the PC Gamer Slack earlier today:

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Some of us have fallen away from the Wordle craze, but it's clearly still tremendously popular, and other big companies are still trying to get in on the action: Just yesterday, Spotify acquired Heardle, a Wordle-meets-Name That Tune mashup that challenges players to guess songs based on brief audio clips.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.