Spotify has purchased the music trivia game Heardle, after it became a huge online success.
The acquisition of the game by the streaming giant for an undisclosed fee comes months after The New York Times bought the hit word puzzle game Wordle in deal worth an estimated $1 million (£842,000).
Heardle uses a similar format to the viral word game ,which gives users six chances to guess a five-letter word. Players are instead given snippets of one song a day to guess the correct track within six tries. For every incorrect answer, the snippet becomes longer.
The app’s website describes the game as a “respectful homage to Wordle, with a musical twist.”
From Today (July 12), the game — under new Spotify ownership — will be available in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and remains available on its standalone site.
Spotify says it plans to expand Heardle into more countries, and more languages, in the near future.
“Heardle has proven to be a really fun way to connect millions of fans with songs they know and love and with new songs,” Jeremy Erlich, the global head of music at Spotify, said in a statement. “Since its debut, the game has quickly built a loyal following, and it aligns with our plans to deepen interactivity across the Spotify ecosystem.”
Following the global appeal of ‘Wordle’, other variations of word games have been created, including ‘Quordle’, which is four games or ‘Wordle’ in one, and ‘Octordle’, which uses eight grids and asks users to guess a country. A battle royale version called ‘Squabble’ also pits 99 plays against each other to guess the word the quickest.