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Briefly: Neversoft, Infinity Ward merge, Bitcoin ATM hits Seattle

updated 05:45 pm EDT, Sun May 4, 2014

Studio responsible for Tony Hawk games folds into Infinity Ward

Video game developers Neversoft and Infinity Ward will see their positions as independent studios under Activision Publishing come to an end, as the two studios merge under the Infinity Ward banner. Neversoft, mostly known for its work on the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series, helped Infinity Ward with the latest installment of the Call of Duty franchise game Ghosts. The Neversoft name will be retired after existing for almost 20 years. The studio was acquired by Activision in 1999.

Giant Bomb reports that Executive VP of Worldwide Studios Dave Stohl will lead the new studio. Steve Ackrich, the current studio head for Infinity Ward will remain in a leadership position. Information on the studio merger comes from a leaked internal memo, written by CEO of Activision Publishing Eric Hirshberg.
In the memo, Hirshberg states that through the process of the two teams working on Call of Duty: Ghosts "it became clear that the two studios have very complementary skill sets. Between these two excellent studios, it seemed like a single 'super-studio' could emerge."

First Bitcoin ATM from Coinme installed in Seattle neighborhood

The first Bitcoin ATM has made its way into the largest city in the Pacific Northwest. Coinme, a Bitcoin kiosk company, unveiled a Bitcoin machine in the Belltown area Spitfire Grill to a crowd on May 1.

Utilizing a hand scanner, the machine will allow transactions up to $3,000 dollars per day of the cryptocurrency. The company that built the machine, Robocoin of Las Vegas, is also responsible for the world's first Bitcoin ATM, which was installed in Vancouver, BC in 2013.

General manager of Coinme Nick Hughes was on hand for the unveiling of the machine. He said that for people to understand Bitcoin, they need to be able to "touch it and feel it in a safe and secure manner." To Hughes, the ATM method is "a heck of a lot faster, safer, and more secure than utilizing some sort of exchange."

The machine will be available seven days a week from 11AM to 10PM.

by MacNN Staff



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