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Atari co-founder Ted Dabney dies at 81

Atari co-founder and co-creator of the legendary Pong, Ted Dabney, has died aged 81 from esophageal cancer. His death was announced yesterday in a brief Facebook post by games historian Leonard Herman, author of the video game history series Phoenix. According to Eurogamer, Dabney was diagnosed with cancer in late 2017 and declined treatment.

After a career that included stints at Hewlett-Packard and tape manufacturer Ampex, Dabney and another Ampex employee Nolan Bushnell founded a business called Syzygy. They could not incorporate under that name because another company used it, so they founded Atari.

After producing one game, Computer Space, Bushnell and Dabney hired another Ampex employee, Al Alcorn, and created Pong, the game that set Atari on the path to success. Dabney was in charge of Pong's manufacture while he remained at Atari. 
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