In a press release, the streaming giant announced it has acquired the hit music guessing game as a fun way to connect millions of fans with new songs and songs they know and love.
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The game is now exclusive to users in Canada, the US, Ireland, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, with plans to expand into other countries “soon.”
Like every acquisition, not everyone is happy. Some fans took to Twitter to air their grievances.
this Spotify purchase of Heardle is infinitely worse than the New York Times’ acquisition of Wordle😫
— Sam (@aotesam) July 12, 2022
Spotify buys heardle and immediately blocks it in Germany.
One less fun routine on the morning I guess.
— Medic (@MedicCasts) July 13, 2022
Just found out that Spotify bought and ruined Heardle – is nothing sacred!?!?!?!?!?!?!
— Ali (@akcolwell) July 13, 2022
Heardle is a fun yet challenging game, similar to Wordle in the sense that players get six attempts to correctly identify the song. After the opening note of a song, each hint gets a few seconds longer. Whether a player guesses correctly or not, the answer is revealed in the end and players get to listen to the song in full.
Spotify says the “look and feel” of the game will remain the same, and, best of all, it’ll remain free for everyone to play.