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January 2021

Awesome Games Done Quick

Games Done Quick announced that Awesome Games Done Quick 2021, supporting Prevent Cancer Foundation, will take place entirely online January 3-10, 2021. Like Summer Games Done Quick 2020 Online last month, the event will be broadcast on the official Games Done Quick Twitch channel from the GDQ studio, with speedrunners participating from the safety of their homes.

UKIE Hub Crawl 2021

In 2021, the Ukie Hub Crawl event series is going virtual and will cover the entire life cycle of a games business; from incorporation, growing a team, middleware, running the studio, pitching to funders, getting PR exposure ? right through to eventually exiting a business.

Each Wednesday will see up to three different expert industry speakers give talks on that week's respective theme, followed by a panel of studios sharing their experiences.

Click the link to check out all of the dates.

GameOn

GameOn is Vancouver's local game development conference for aspiring developers, students, and gaming enthusiasts to learn and broaden their knowledge on the video game industry through a series of workshops and q&a panels with the gaming industry?s professionals. The conference focuses on industry workshops, Q&A panels, and live networking with professionals across the gaming industry.

GamesBeat: Driving Game Growth & Into the Metaverse

From major ad ecosystem changes to the imminent arrival of the metaverse, the gaming world is flush with change that industry folk need to pay attention to.

Hosted digitally on January 26-27, 2021, join today's leaders in games for two days of content and networking surrounding the hottest topics, from major industry changes to the imminent arrival of the metaverse.

Brazil Independent Game Festival

BIG Festival has rescheduled its full, physical event, which will now take place on January 27, 2021, through January 31, 2021, at the Frei Caneca Convention Center in São Paulo. BIG Festival brings with it, once again, its three valuable structural pillars — lectures from highly respected games industry professionals, face-to-face business meetings, and the expansive and fan-favorite consumer festival.

Taipei Game Show 2021

Taipei Game Show 2021 includes three main sectors: Asia Pacific Game Summit, B2B Zone and B2C Zone. B2B Zone is set to be an international business platform that offers matchmaking opportunities and fosters game industry professionals across the world to interact and exchange ideas. The synced forums - Asia Pacific Game Summit and INDIE SALON, will not only host physical events, but also provide online streaming service to bring international speakers and audience together and offer the latest game industry insights and trends. The competition within the show specifically designed for indie game developers - Indie Game Award, held its ceremony in the form of online streaming in this June, and has now begun accepting new submissions since this September. The organizer sincerely invites talented indie game developers around the globe to participate in the grand event.

February 2021

WN Winter 21

WN Winter 21 will stream lectures and live Q&A sessions full of insights to help take your business to the next level.

Meet EA, SEGA, Wargaming, Facebook, Nutaku, Snap, and 1,000+ game industry companies from all over the world through personal meetings and networking in chats.

Connect with speakers directly at live Q&A sessions and get your questions answered.

Find new games from around the world at the Dev Expo or show your own title to publishers, investors, and platforms.

D.I.C.E. Conversations

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) is bringing the unparalleled networking and shared conversations of the D.I.C.E. Summit to virtual platforms with online talks and roundtables as a brand new recurring series called D.I.C.E. Conversations (#DICEConversations) starting in February 10th, 2021 at 9:30AM PT at http://www.diceconversation.org.

Blizzcon Online

BlizzConline is an all-digital community event and exhibition of all things Blizzard, offering players around the globe a chance to connect in the online world while circumstances keep everyone from gathering in the real one. On two consecutive days and across six channels of programming, Blizzard developers will be sharing the latest game news with the world, and cosplayers, artists, and makeshift murlocs will be sharing their talents through events such as the Community Showcase.

In addition, as Blizzard celebrates its 30th anniversary this February, players everywhere will have a chance to mark three decades of exploring epic games and universes together as they look forward to what the future holds for their friends, guildmates, and allies.

Tinderbox

At a time when so many people are moving online, we are turning to the Games industry for inspiration ? to ask how games are adapting and responding to the pandemic, and to explore what role they could play looking ahead.

Over 2 weeks we are getting together through a series of panel discussions, workshops, demos, live music performances, virtual play sessions and game jams with over 30 game designers, artists, musicians, researchers and others involved in games.

The festival is run on a donations-based model so it is free & accessible for anyone to attend, while paying the artists fairly.

Devcom Call for Change Summit

The devcom Call for Change Summit will offer two conference days with a strong focus on training, education and sharing with workshops, training program, panels and round-tables.

UK Games Industry Internships, Graduate Schemes and Traineeships

A free event organised by Into Games -- you’ll hear directly from speakers at some of the UK’s most acclaimed studios, including Creative Assembly, Ubisoft, Tonic Games, Sumo Digital, Lucid Games, Team 17, Splash Damage and Sumo Digital.

If you are looking to join the games industry but aren’t sure about what your first steps might be after education, this is the event for you.

March 2021

Hamburg Games Conference 2022

The Hamburg Games Conference features B2B networking, talks and opportunities for companies, professionals and students. The 2021 edition was fully online and offered a digital interactive multiplayer experience which drew more than 650 visitors. This next edition will combine the successful online experience with in-person events in Hamburg.

GAIA -- Game Arts International Assembly 2021

The Game Arts International Assembly is a stretched symposium for game art curators and game community organizers.

Nine sessions spread over two months. Free to one and all. And starting next week!

We’re really excited that this year reflects the international scope of game arts: 35 people from 21 countries across all the continents except one. (We’re not bitter, Antarctica: next year.) We’ve culled topics that we hope will be entry points for people curious about getting into the field and for those who have been contributing for years.

We know how hard it is, heading into a second year of a pandemic, so we’ve worked on making these things fun, and inspiring, and ultimately a way to connect with some of the most interesting, most playful people in the cultural sector: game arts folk

April 2021

Finland Games Job Fair

The event where we bring together some of the leading gaming studios in the Finnish market and some of the brightest talent in the gaming industry. Due to the current pandemic situation, we are organizing a two-day online event on 21-22 April that will include various opportunities to engage and mingle, all from the comfort of your own workspace.

LudoNarraCon 2021

LudoNarraCon is a digital convention celebrating narrative video games, hosted on Steam. An initiative of indie label Fellow Traveller, it aims to create a platform to showcase and celebrate interesting and innovative narrative games, replicating as many of the aspects and benefits of the physical convention experience as possible within a digital format.

GamesBeat Summit 2021

GamesBeat Summit is the most intimate gaming event in the industry. Senior-level attendees return again and again knowing they?ll engage in genuine conversations, networking, and deal-making that come out of the Summit every year.

Bringing together industry leaders for the 12th annual executive summit, the GamesBeat team aims to support content surrounding inclusion, mental health, next-gen updates, and major industry changes post-IDFA. Join us online for two days of content and networking on April 28-29, 2021!

Livestream access is free and open to all levels of the gaming community. Learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gamesbeat-summit-2021-tickets-141368808913?aff=gamesindustrybiz

May 2021

Brazil Independent Games Festival

BIG Festival, the biggest indie games festival and the most important B2B market in Latin America, is back next May 5 to 9, 2021/ It will be a 100% digital event, São Paulo, Brazil. BIG reaches an audience of game lovers and professionals in Latam that you can only find here.

DevGAMM Spring 2021

DevGAMM Spring 2021 will be held online on May 12-14. The program includes professional speakers, reviews on game design, art, and marketing, as well as round tables and workshops.

Developers can take part in the Public Pitch games pitching, Virtual Showcase with online booths, Streaming Showcase where streamers playtest the games. Submit the game until April 15! DevGAMM Awards prize fund sponsored by tinyBuild and Xsolla is $20,000.

Digital Dragons Indie Celebration & Business Meetup

Take part in the presentation of 60 best indie games chosen for Indie Celebration competition. An event promoting the best indie games, which will be presented to the public on May 13-14 on Steam. Play and choose a winner in a public vote. See famous international streamers promoting indie games.

A business-focused event dedicated to game developers and VC funds and publishers will run alongside. The goal is to support game developers in these challenging times, and provide them with as optimum business opportunities by allowing them to present their games to international investors and publishers. More info at: https://digitaldragons.pl/business-meet-up/

Nordic Game 2021

Nordic Game returns online this spring and fall for two virtual editions of Nordic Game, beginning with NG21 on 26-28 May. As the leading games conference in Europe Nordic Game have a lot to offer. The event is filled with the best speakers from the global industry and our own Nordic heroes and offers an access to countless games industry professionals via conference's events. Nordic Game Discord channel hosts networking and social events, creating a cool opportunity to connect your peers and industry pros. NG21 also included the highly anticipated Nordic Game Awards and NGDC Season V finals, and more.

June 2021

Netflix Geeked Week

Shows based on video games will be showcased as part of this special week with Netflix. The Witcher, Cuphead, Resident Evil and more are all set to feature

Freeplay Independent Games Festival 2021

Freeplay is the world's longest-running independent games festival, located in Melbourne, Australia. Established in 2004, the festival embraces the fringes, spotlights grassroots artists and game makers, and acts as a response to and critique of the status quo. For over 17 years, Freeplay has been exploring the vital margins of independent, alternative, and experimental games culture. The festival continues to champion artistic exploration and experimentation in games and play, and positions game making as arts practice.

Summer Games Fest: Kick-Off Live

Geoff Keighley hosts a show filled with game announcements, plus a performance from Weezer

Koch Prime Time

Koch Media prepares some Summer Games Fest surprises

Ubisoft Forward

Ubisoft's digital conference goes live on Saturday June 12 at 12pm PT as part of E3 2021.

Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase

This 90-minute show will be packed with everything you want to know about the line-up coming out of Xbox's partnership with Bethesda, the incredible games coming to Xbox this holiday, upcoming releases on Xbox Game Pass, and more.

Nintendo Direct: E3 2021

As part of E3, Nintendo will show 40 minutes of video games -- the majority of which are due this year.

Steam Next Fest

Steam Next Fest: June 2021 Edition features hundreds of free playable demos from upcoming games across all genres.

It will also include livestreams and other opportunities to chat with developers participating from all around the world. Try their games during the event and let them know what you think.

Summer Games Fest: Sonic Symphony Orchestra

A celebration of 30 years of the speedy blue hedgehog

INDIGO - Dutch business & game showcase event

: INDIGO is the leading game business and showcase event in the Netherlands. Organized annually by Dutch Game Garden. INDIGO consists of MeetToMatch, TALKS, and DISCOVER. Each of these tracks has a different focus and goal:

Find your perfect business partner through MeetToMatch with dozens of established publishers and investors participating. Get inspired by industry experts and like-minded game entrepreneurs during our quality TALKS conference, and explore the latest games by Dutch developers at DISCOVER!

INDIGO 2021 will be a hybrid event. Meaning that the entire event and it's content will be available both online as physical.

A game dev's journey to carbon neutrality

Hear from one of London’s leading games developers and its journey to carbon neutrality - and the steps it is taking to empower its players to join in.

Space Ape Games is a mobile games studio based in London with the mission of making the highest quality and most successful games on mobile. The company offsets 200% of its carbon footprint, reduced its footprint by 25% in 2019 and has pledged to reduce it further.

This session will:

- Demystify how a games studio goes about decarbonising
- Share Space Ape’s practical approach to understanding and addressing the carbon footprint of its studio and games
- Demonstrate how studios are empowering players in their own sustainability efforts
Our speakers:

July 2021

PG Connects Digital #7

The seventh Pocket Gamer digital event opens its virtual doors once again for more talks, panels, careers, networking, indie pitches and more!

There are also a number of side events, some of which -- like the Investor Connector, Publisher SpeedMatch, and the Big Indie Pitch -- include complimentary tickets for a select few.

PAX East Online

PAX Online East is everything you love about PAX including thought-provoking panels, exciting livestreams, new game demos, tournaments, and a community experience unlike any other all delivered to the comfort of your own home.

The event will also feature EGX Rezzed.

GDC 2021

Returning once again as a digital event, GDC 2021 is a week-long celebration of the art, craft, and business of game development and represents a unique opportunity for developers to get up to speed on advances in the field.

A MAZE. / Berlin 2021

A MAZE. / Berlin is the international festival focusing on arthouse games, independent games and playful media. For the full experience we invite globally spread and diverse game and VR creators, digital artists, musicians and other playful creatives who share in an inspiring 3,5 days programme of talks and workshops, knowledge bazaar the new wave of video games making. Including the 2nd A MAZE. Arthouse Games Market, which looks into co-production in games and commissioned works for other media and art-forms.

EA Play Live

Electronic Arts are set to reveal more of its upcoming video games, expect FIFA, Madden, Need for Speed, Battlefield, Star Wars and much, much more

Global Game Jam Next

GGJ NEXT s an annual event operated by the Global Game Jam to serve younger people (12-17 years old) who are interested in learning the creation of video games.
In 2021 we are again focusing on running an online jam, supporting local jam leaders to run online workshops and events for their local communities from 26 July - 6 August. Similar to the primary GGJ event in January every year, GGJ NEXT is designed to stimulate collaboration and teamwork; it is not a competition.

August 2021

Devcom 2021

Europe’s biggest game developer conference will once again offer a wide range of events and sessions for international game developers, game publishers and services providers.

UK Game of the Show & EuroPlay 2021 @gamescom

A shortlist of 15 unreleased games will battle it out in an online live show, hosted by Mr Midas at London's Loading Bar. The winner will be decided by public vote, from the viewers watching live on Twitch, YouTube and social media. The winner of UK Game of the Show will then go on to the grand final of the Europlay contest on Thursday 26th August, and go head to head with the best unreleased games from across Europe and Australia

Gamescom 2021

Gamescom 2021 will be 100% digital and free of charge for all. We can expect news and announcement, a revamped content hub, community activations and an Indie Area Booth.

Mobile Growth Summit: Games

Ready for the return to live events, MGA is pleased to announce a new, innovative hybrid strategy for their next edition of MGS GAMES, taking place at San Francisco Jazz Center on September 30th, 2021, and across an online portal.

September 2021

BitSummit

Established in 2013, BitSummit is the #1 indie game show in Japan. Based in the hometown of Nintendo in Kyoto, supported by major game developers and publishers from around Japan, Asia and beyond, it has grown to 17,000 people strong event. Every year participating games have a chance of winning one of the show's prizes in eight categories. This year the event will be a hybrid of B2B live event, and an online showcase of participating games.

DevGAMM Moscow 2021

The DevGAMM Moscow 2021 conference will include sessions in three halls from game industry experts, an expo zone with new games, company booths, three parties, a large quest, job offers from top companies and, most importantly, live networking. All possible security measures will be observed. At the moment, there are no exact restrictions that will take effect in September. But for now, all visitors to DevGAMM Moscow 2021 will need to confirm vaccination or negative PCR test using a QR code.

Xbox Discovery Day: Europe Edition

A conference dedicated to Xbox, including information on xCloud, Xbox/PC development, Game Pass, ID@Xbox, Marketing, Azure and GameStack.

Digital Dragons

Join Digital Dragons Conference and and be a part of the key B2B event for the gamedev sector in this part of Europe. The two-day event is going to be full of great lectures, discussion panels, business opportunities, the best indie games, and an award gala.

Xbox Discovery Day: Middle East Edition

A conference dedicated to Xbox, including information on xCloud, Xbox/PC development, Game Pass, ID@Xbox, Marketing, Azure and GameStack.

Xbox Discovery Day: Oceania Edition

A conference dedicated to Xbox, including information on xCloud, Xbox/PC development, Game Pass, ID@Xbox, Marketing, Azure and GameStack.

Xbox Discovery Day: Africa Edition

A conference dedicated to Xbox, including information on xCloud, Xbox/PC development, Game Pass, ID@Xbox, Marketing, Azure and GameStack.

XDS21 Adapt

Now in its ninth year, XDS has adapted its format into a full virtual experience that brings together hundreds of professionals to advance the practice of external development for the games industry.

XDS21Adapt provides four days of expert content and structured networking.

Attendees include Developers/Publishers and Service Providers from over 44 countries.

Dark Star III

Hiro Capital's investment event returns and is free for all upcoming developer studios, game industry folks, and investors. It is a place to hear from experts about planning for investments, setting up your development studio, and navigating the publishing space in 2021. The event will take place on September 23 at 2pm BST/3pm CEST/9am EDT.

UKIE Games Demo Day

Run in partnership with Barclays, this will give participants the chance to demonstrate their games virtually in front of a panel of experienced investors and industry experts, as well as an audience of wider industry players and potential backers, to help create connections for the up and coming developers that could lead to funding. Applications close on Friday, July 23.

Game Devs of Color Expo Online 2021

The 2021 Game Devs of Color Expo (GDoCExpo) will be held online September 23-27. Now in its sixth year, Game Devs of Color Expo is dedicated to amplifying the creative power held by people of color in games. Every year since its successful freshman run in 2016, GDoCExpo has seen exponential growth, expanding into an energizing space for attendees to play the hottest upcoming games while learning from a series of exclusive talks by amazing speakers.

  • 23rd Sep 2021 - 27th Sep 2021
  • https://gamedevsofcolorexpo.com/
  • Online

African Creative Meeting

The African Creative Meeting is the meeting point for all African and international stakeholders in the sectors of the African creative economy. This event is unique and focuses on the talents and initiatives of the African creative industries, with a particular focus on video games, esport, animation and graphic arts.

October 2021

Melbourne International Games Week 2021

Join Australian and international influencers, businesses and industry for Melbourne International Games Week -- Asia Pacific's largest digital games celebration -- featuring a mixture of hybrid settings both online and live conferences, events and activities for the games industry, games enthusiasts, general public and educators.

Round One

Round One is Italy's premier B2B event for esports. It will incorporate the Italian Esports Awards. It is a hybrid event taking place in Turin and streamed online. This year's Nielsen report, Landscape of Italian Esports, will be presented to showcase the maturity and growth of the Italian sector.

TIGS 2021

TIGS 2021 is online event (Zoom and Twitch), at 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST. The International Games Summit on Mental Health is an annual conference addressing mental health illness and awareness in the video games industry. In games, gaming, and content creation, there are unique environmental challenges and opportunities, and TIGS brings experts and leaders from the gaming industry and the mental health industry together to address these issues.

Australian Game Developer Awards 2021

The Australian Game Developer Awards (AGDAs) are a national event celebrating outstanding games and individual achievements by Australian game developers. The 2021 AGDAs is planned to take place on the evening of Wednesday 6 October 2021 at 7PM AEDT as a digital streamed event.

EGX 2021

The UK's huge celebration of video games returns to London in October. Featuring panels, playable games, signings, retro games, board games, indie games... and the GamesIndustry.biz Academy show. Plus lots, lots more

GAconf 2021

GAconf is a game development conference dedicated to making games more accessible to gamers with disabilities, hosted by the IGDA's accessibility SIG. The event features talks and networking for all disciplines of the games industry, exploring recent and future advances in game accessibility. The 2021 event will be free to attend and held through video conferencing and Discord.

iGaming Central America

The summit will bring together industry heavyweights & to give you an opportunity to participate in what will be the most exciting igaming gathering in Central America. At the summit, participants will have the opportunity to collaborate, network & explore opportunities in Costa Rica & its surrounding regions.

Sweden Game Conference, 2021

Sweden Game Conference is Europe's leading conference for game development students and startups. With more than 1,000 participants, Sweden Game Conference is filled with inspiration for game developers regarding career, craft and more.

Gamescom Asia 2021

Gamescom Asia, the first Asian satellite event of the world’s largest computer and video games festival, Gamescom, is set to launch its hybrid event from 14 to 17 October 2021 in Singapore. A prelude to the full-scale convention that is set to take place in 2022, fans and industry players will get to enjoy a whole host of exciting events featuring the latest products and games from developers and publishers.

  • 14th Oct 2021 - 17th Oct 2021
  • Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre, Singapore and Online
  • https://gamescom.asia/

Global Top Round Conference

The Global Top Round Conference is an exclusive industry event for game developers, publishers, and experts from all over the world. But, this is not just a conference; the organisers will also be selecting and announcing the studios that will receive funding and be inducted into the GTR acceleration program.

Hyper Games Conference

Hyper Games Conference (HGC) is the major international online conference in its niche devoted to the development, promotion, and growth of the Hyper/Hybrid Casual Games industry. Participants are from all over the world, about 90 countries take part in HGC. The conference will be held in two-days format, on two stages, with solo speeches and panel discussions on relevant topics with prominent industry leaders.

Game Industry Conference

Game Industry Conference, along with Poznan Game Arena, forms the biggest game event east of Cologne. It features professional knowledge exchange, workshops, roundtables, B2B exhibition zone, MeetToMatch meetings, Geek Careers recruitment zone, and nearly a dozen of networking events and parties. Not to mention the Central Eastern Europe Game Awards ceremony, indie competitions, pitching events, Epic Game Music concert, and many more.

  • 22nd Oct 2021 - 24th Oct 2021
  • Poznań, Poland
  • gic.gd/

Develop:Brighton 2021

Develop:Brighton has been bringing together the European Game Dev community from global superstars to micro indies - since 2006. Come and learn from your peers and share your experiences, hear from the industry’s leading lights, get up-to-date with the latest tools, techniques and industry trends, plus network with 3,000 game dev professionals.

Game Dev Heroes 2021

Game Dev Heroes is a celebration of the people behind the scenes of the games industry. Our industry is fantastic at bringing attention and accolades to studios and games, and we want to extend the benefits to the creators, having their own skills and achievements celebrated more widely. We want these unsung heroes of the games industry to be able to have their contributions recognised, from brilliant developers and resourceful support staff, to inspiring management and positive role models.

Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of games industry professionals, with shortlists released ahead of the winners' announcements in October.

Develop:Star Awards 2021

The Develop:Star Awards 2021 will recognise the very best games and talent within the industry with categories that enable studios of every size to shine. These awards are all about the game dev community celebrating the creative excellence of the game makers behind the best games of the previous 12 months. There will be a drinks reception then sit down dinner during the awards ceremony hosted by Strictly’s Alan Dedicoat, plus an after party with casino, free bar and a few surprises.

November 2021

NG21 Autumn

Nordic Game is the leading games conference in Europe, and 2021 marks its nineteenth and twentieth editions. Gathering thousands of industry professionals in Malmö annually, Nordic Game is the one and only "home turf" meeting place for the highly successful game developers of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

Indie Live Expo Winter 2021

Indie Live Expo 2021, the digital showcase connecting indie game fans and devs worldwide which has highlighted more than 800 new indie titles and gained more than 29 million views across three shows, returns later this year with Indie Live Expo Winter 2021 alongside the Indie Live Expo Awards show.

GameSoundCon 2021

GameSoundCon is the industry's leading conference on game music and sound design, featuring over 100 speakers and panelists representing the top names in the industry.
It covers the creative, business and technical challenges of game music, sound design and dialogue at any level from cutting edge AAA to the smallest indie. This year in the spirit of the unprecedented times we are in, we will be donating $20 for each registration to a non-profit, Education Through Music - Los Angeles, which helps bring in-school music programs to low-income schools.

CiGA Connects

CiGA Connects launched by CiGA (China indie Game Alliance) for the first time in 2021, CiGA Connects is a new event focusing on B2B exhibitions, international business connections, and industry conferences. With numerous resources from and outside China open to all developers and industry practitioners, CiGA Connects will provide you a premium experience for conducting business and you will also enjoy a feast of experience sharing by outstanding developers from around the world.

WePlay Expo

WePlay Expo, one of the few gaming culture festival in 2021 scheduled to physically take place in China. Weplay will feature art galleries, game competitions, board games and more. More than ten shows on the main stage will be packed into two days, including live music, speedruns, competitions, and special guest appearances.

Brand Licensing Europe

Brand Licensing Europe is the meeting place for the European licensing industry, bringing together the widest range of brands for license across entertainment, sports, FMCG, art, heritage, video games and more.

Experience the best of both worlds this year with a combination of in-person and online to help you reconnect with the European licensing industry in the format that works best for you.

DevGAMM Fall 2021

The DevGAMM Fall 2021 program includes mind blowing keynote speakers' sessions, Virtual Showcase, DevGAMM Awards, Streaming Showcase and more. In addition, the hottest job offers from the leading gaming companies will be available on the Career Wall. Everyone can also enjoy chatting with colleagues during Random Networking and parties.

December 2021

African Games Week

Off the back of the last 4 year’s events Africa Games Week continues to drive exposure, opportunities, knowledge and investment to African Game Developers connecting them to the world. AGW 2021 will run as a Hybrid Event so both physically and virtually and include; International Speakers, Workshops, Roundtables, Games, Pitching Competitions and B2B Matchmaking.

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