‘Rather than offering magazines designed to cater for mass consumption, there has been a razor-sharp focus on creating respected content on specialist subjects, such as gaming, which has been a big draw for advertising partners.’
Lyon could have added a second goal in the first half but Toulouse goalkeeper Maxime Dupe denied Karl Toko Ekambi in the 12th, saved Lacazette´s chip in the 23rd, and pushed Corentin Tolisso´s header behind in the 41st.
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But the ‘magazine queen’ – as she has been dubbed – has since transformed the publisher into a £2.2billion empire of 250 titles including everything from Country Life and Marie Claire to TechRadar and FourFourTwo.
CAGUA, Venezuela, Sept 1(Reuters) – Gamer Gabriel Parra was ecstatic to see himself hailed as the “Venezuelan star” after scoring the fastest time in an international Formula 1 eSports racing competition in May.
“The truth is that when I saw the result… it was something magical, surprising, a dream I always had as a child that came true,” said 23-year-old Parra, who lives in central-Venezuela’s Aragua state, and started playing video games at the age of four.
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Professional gamers who aspire to become international superstars train an average of 40 hours a week. It’s a dream job for many teenagers, offering such advantages of recurring income, the ability to work from home and combining hobby with career.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Byng-Thorne said: ‘We have built a consistent track record of doubling our business every couple of years, and are excited about our ability to sustain our growth as we aim to reach one in two people online in the US.
‘I don’t feel like anyone has ever done what I’m doing,’ she told last spring. ‘Quavo raps and he likes to play basketball, but he’s not a pro. Dame Lillard is a pro basketball player and he makes music, but it’s secondary for him. For me, neither one outshines the other. I’m trying to shine through it all.’
He is one of some 3,000 young Venezuelans competing in the multi-million dollar “eSports” industry, a lucrative business with international signings, prizes and millions of viewers which has started to boom in the Andean nation, despite economic chaos, poor internet connection, power failures and local restrictions on war games.
Davidson said the latest update showed the ‘unjustifiable’ fall in Future’s shares was driven by market jitters, not the performance of the business, adding: ‘The business has transformed from a publisher heavily reliant on print advertising to a multi-platform media business generating the largest proportion of its revenue from digital advertising.’
Her pay has attracted criticism, however. At Future’s past two shareholder meetings, it has faced significant rebellions over a bonus package which could net Byng-Thorne, already one of Britain’s best paid chief executives, up to £40million.
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Roddy Davidson, from Shore Capital, Pkv games said Byng-Thorne and her team deserve ‘a lot of credit’ for their turnaround of the business. And she has been rewarded handsomely, taking home £35.6million in the past eight years.
“There are a lot of interested people, there is a lot of talent here in Venezuela, a lot of players,” said Abreu.(Reporting by Deisy Buitrago in Cagua; Writing by Steven Grattan; Editing by Christian Plumb, Alexandra Hudson)
The dream of earning a living as a professional gamer is particularly resonant for many young people in Venezuela given the sparse opportunities otherwise available in a country with a minimum monthly salary equivalent to about $22 a month.
Haaland has made a staggering start at the Etihad Stadium, scoring 14 times in just eight league matches since arriving in the summer to leave himself seven goals clear of his nearest challenger – Harry Kane – in the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot.
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