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Nutting Associates was the company that created Computer Space (1971), the first coin operated arcade game. The company was founded by Bill Nutting in the late 1960s and ceased making arcade games in the mid 1970s.
Bill Nutting hired Nolan Bushnell in August 1971 who had an idea to put a clone of Spacewar in its own box. Production began by the end of the year on a run of 1,500 Computer Space games. But it was a commercial failure, selling only 500 to 1,000 copies. Bushnell left to found Atari in 1972 after Nutting declined his request for partial ownership.
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