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Atari founder Nolan Bushnell: esports will be bigger than the World Cup

After five decades in the video games industry, Nolan Bushnell has come to an eyebrow-raising conclusion: virtual sports will soon eclipse traditional sports such as football as the entertainment of choice for generation Z. The co-founder of Atari and inventor of the hit game Pong says today’s youngsters are shunning live sports. “I would be willing to bet that if you were to look at the audience, it’s skewing older because of the loss of younger players,” said Bushnell, a serial entrepreneur who gave the teenage Steve Jobs his first…

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UK dining chain files notice of administration, risking 6,000 jobs

The private equity-backed operator of the Las Iguanas and Café Rouge chains is set to undergo a painful restructuring after filing a notice of its intention to appoint administrators, which could threaten more than 6,000 jobs. The Casual Dining Group, which also owns the Bella Italia brand, said that the “prudent measure” would give it time to consider its options and did not necessarily presage administration. Nevertheless, restaurant closures and job losses seem inevitable. One industry analyst with knowledge of the situation said: “A restructuring could involve either a company…

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Rich landlords join forces to lobby UK government

Tycoons, property dynasties and moneyed investors have joined forces to found what must be Britain’s most unlikely trade union. The collective, called the Landlords Union, wants the government to change tack on its rescue plan for the high street and the broader private sector. The group of 30 property investors say that tenants have been given carte blanche to withhold rents, choking off their main source of income. The high-net-worth property investors say that in effect they have been asked to provide a financial backstop for huge swathes of the…

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