PUBG Lite is Coming to Europe in October

PUBG Lite is coming to Europe in October. It’s basically the same game as PUBG but it’ll run on your toaster. It is a standalone version of the PUBG everyone knows and loves but it doesn’t look as nice and its updates are on a delay from the main game. The game will run on just about any laptop and any older PC, opening up the game to people who are perhaps stuck with their dad’s hand me down computer or college students who can’t afford the latest laptop. For an idea of what I mean here are the minimum requirements for PUBG Lite.

Windows 7, 8, or 10, 64 Bit
Core I3 2.4GHZ Dual Core
Intel HD 4000 or equivalent

PUBG Lite is already available in much of South Asia, South America, the Middle East, and North Africa and has been since January. At the moment the company hasn’t announced any plans to release the game in North America, but it does seem like it’s really only a matter of time before they do so. And they have said that they are planning to expand to many other countries.

Technically at the moment PUBG Lite is in open beta so don’t go in expecting a completely polished game. But, if you’ve not been able to play PUBG before now and you live in one of the 115 countries that are going to be able to play in the beta October 10th is the big day.


Source: Official Site, Rock Paper Shotgun

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PUBG Has Been Banned in Jordan, Fortnite Expected to Follow

PUBG has been banned in Jordan, just one of many such bans we’ve seen against popular Battle Royale titles this year. It is also expected that Fortnite won’t be far behind. The reason for the ban, like the others we’ve seen this year are vague concerns about the negative impact of these games. According to Jordan’s Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, a recent study found that the game was harmful to people of all ages. The commission’s Director of Beneficiaries Affairs said that it was established to deal with complaints from citizens about the terrifying spread of menacing videogames.

It will be interesting to see if these bans stick. So far the others that have happened across Asia haven’t, but, for a short time they bring some attention to the area and spark debate about if these games are actually dangerous or not.

This of course also comes after the World Health Organization declared that video game addiction is a real health concern. A move that, as it turns out, was done in haste and possibly had some political pressure from several different countries in Asia. As the dust settles there seems to be less support for Gaming Disorder and it is possible we will see the WHO reverse their decision in favor of more research in the future.

Battle Royale games specifically seem to be getting targeted in a way that no other genre of game ever has before. This is almost certainly because of their massive popularity with pre-teens and teens. Popularity that has spread across the world and from the point of view of parents at least, is all consuming and destroying lives.


Source: PCGamer

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Godzilla is Invading PUBG

A new limited time crossover event means that Godzilla, the King of the Monsters will be in PUBG. Yes, Godzilla is invading PUBG as part of a free update coming out later this month. This crossover is, of course, thanks to the release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters which releases in theaters around the world next week. The trailer announcing the collaboration doesn’t actually say anything about what we’ll see in the game. Instead, it cuts back and forth between PUBG and footage of the movie from the trailers.

Most crossover events in the past have included a limited time mode and exclusive event skins. Some signs of Godzilla’s arrival have already been spotted in the game even. Godzilla graffiti has been spotted on the Miramar map. Plus there have been reports of Godzilla themed shirts too.

It seems most likely that the full details of this event and the event itself on the 29th of May when the movie begins releasing in a number of countries. The USA will have to wait until May 31st to see the movie. But, let’s have a moment of silence for Spain who for some reason have to wait until June 21st to get the movie!

This isn’t the only Godzilla gaming related news there is today either. Nexon’s Godzilla Defense Force mobile game launched today. It looks like the world has Godzilla fever right now, and why wouldn’t they? He is the King of the Monsters and the new movie looks just so amazing.

You know, now that I’ve been thinking about how Godzilla will fit into PUBG I find myself wondering why no one has made a kaiju based Battle Royale game. Come on game developers! Work with Toho to make this happen!

Source: GamesRadar, SportsKeeda

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Nepal Bans PUBG on Mental Health Grounds

Nepal bans PUB after the government says that the game is having a negative impact on the mental health of youth. Nepal has put the ban in place after citing the often used belief that video games are addictive and cause aggression in teens. This, despite repeated research being done that proves this isn’t the case at all.
The ban was pushed through the courts in a single day. Nepal’s Metropolitan Crime Division reportedly consulted psychiatrists who believe video games cause aggression and also pointed out that other countries have banned the game as well. This isn’t entirely true, however. China hasn’t outright banned the game, they simply haven’t approved it yet and there are several PUBG Mobile games for China. There were bans in several cities in India, but at least one of them has already lifted that ban and the ban wasn’t countrywide.
However, police in India have arrested college students for playing PUBG in cities where the game is banned, and we could see that happen in Nepal too.

Talking to the Kathmandu Post Dhiraj Pratap Singh, the chief of the Metropolitan Crime Division said, “We have decided to ban the game before anything unfortunate occurs in Nepal.” So far there has been no statement from PUBG Corp on the ban.
It should also be noted that Nepal banned porn in October in an effort to curb sexual violence. This was also a move that was considered ridiculous and ineffective. It looks like Nepal is using the same misguided logic to go after games, though why they’re specifically targeting PUBG we may never know.
So, if you have any trips to Nepal planned it might be a good idea to remove PUBG from your phone before you get there. It looks like they’re going to take this ban pretty seriously.


Source: Kathmandu Times via The Verge

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Tera and PUBG Crossover Event Announced

A month-long Tera and PUBG crossover event has been announced for Tera on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. During the event, you’ll be able to earn and unlock exclusive themed costumes and pets as well as getting daily login bonuses for the entire duration of the event. Of course, the sick rewards aren’t the only things you’ll find in Tera during the event. Tera players can look forward to dropping in and engaging PUBG-style BAMs. What that looks like beyond this one BAM, well we’ll just have to wait and see.

Decorative jeeps and planes will be littered around Highwatch and players will need to keep their eyes open for PUBG-themed consumables and air drops. While there will be things to grab and BAMs to take down the event is being labeled as a dungeon event so expect to do some dungeon diving too.

So if you need to gear up your Popori with a welder’s mask and a frying pan (and let’s be honest, everyone needs a frying pan) be sure to log in to Tera every day starting on March 5th.

Sadly for PUBG players, there isn’t a crossover event with TERA yet but I think it’s safe to say we all hope to get some of those amazing Castanic looks in PUBG. Or maybe that’s just me. If one does get announced we’ll be sure to update this post.

Crossover events like these are pretty common for studios with multiple online titles like Bluehole who run both Tera and PUBG. They’re fun, though a little bit immersion breaking at times. Of course, that isn’t a problem for Tera who already has things like comical little police cars and Hello Kitty items.


If you want more information about the Tera and PUBG crossover event check out the trailer below and the announcement on the official site.

Source: Press Release

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PUBG Report App Shows If You’ve Killed a Streamer

Have you ever wondered if you’ve killed a streamer or been killed by one? PUBG Report, a newly released app will do just that. But there are a few catches. First of all the app currently only works for PC players. The other problem is that it can only look at matches that happened in the last 14 days. The developer of the app has said they plan on expanding the app to include console data very soon. Sadly, because the PUBG API only stores data for 14 days that is a limit they won’t be able to overcome. They also plan to support Mixer as well as Twitch. Plus highlight clips will be added soon that feature interesting achievements like the longest kill caught on stream.

PUBG Report

It’s incredibly easy to use, all you have to do is put your in-game name into the app and if you’ve been killed by a streamer, or killed one in the last 14 days it will appear in a list. You can then click on a match and it will take you to the Twitch stream where the death occurred so you can watch the moment when it happened. That’s easily the coolest feature of the app.

If you do end up getting a result in the app be sure to save the clip. It won’t be easy to find anymore once those 14 days have elapsed and the kill doesn’t appear in the app anymore.

PUBG Report is just one of the many apps that have been created to support the game. Others will allow you to look at various stats, including one called PUBG Win Counter that has been created specifically with streamers in mind, allowing them to display how many times they’ve won, made kills, or more each session. You can find all of the apps on the official PUBG API app site.


Source: PUBG Official Site via Eurogamer

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2018 in Battle Royale Games

There is no denying that 2018 was the year of the Battle Royale. It has dominated just about every conversation about gaming the entire year. For a good reason too, the genre is insanely popular. But, while it has been a great year there have also been more than a few Battle Royale titles shut down. So grab yourself a drink and sit back as we take a look at 2018 in Battle Royale games.

The year had a bit of a rough start as the news came out that H1Z1 had lost 90% of its player base since July 2017. Of course, a lot of the blame for that can be placed on the success of Fortnite and PUBG, so really as far as the genre goes it wasn’t a terrible thing. As the year progressed H1Z1 would go on to have the part of the game that wasn’t a Battle Royale shut down after the game moved to a new internal studio at Daybreak.

This was also the year that Ninja and Drake broke the record on Twitch for the most-viewed stream while playing Fortnite. At its peak, it was watched by 628,000 people around the world. As of this month, Ninja is the most followed Streamer on Twitch. He has more than 12 million followers and each time he streams he averages 53,000 viewers. For those wondering, Ninja started out the year making approximately $500,000 a month from streaming and later told ESPN that he’s now making nearly 7 figures a month. Oh to be Ninja just for a month.

2018 was also the year of lawsuits in the Battle Royale genre. PUBG sued NetEase for copyright infringement with their games Knives Out and Rules of Survival. In turn just a few days later NetEase threatened to sue everyone who wasn’t PUBG because…well, we’re still not really sure what they were thinking about there actually. Basically, their argument boiled down to “you took the idea that we took and made it a little different and hurt the market in doing so.” Which is exactly as stupid as it sounds. PUBG then went and sued Fortnite for plagiarizing its UI and items. Then, because 2018 wasn’t crazy enough already three stars are now suing Fortnite over the sale of emotes of their dances. Backpack Kid, Milly 2, and Alfonso Ribeiro are all going after Fortnite in a move that is seen by many to be nothing more than an attempt at getting some of that sweet Fortnite cash.

Speaking of Fortnite cash, in March Fortnite became the largest free to play console game of all time both in revenue generated and monthly active users. The game is currently sitting at the number 4 spot in terms of monthly revenue for both console and PC games. Towards the end of the year, it looked as though Fortnite had hit its peak in revenue as revenue growth slowed significantly. Of course, when you talk about revenue slowing down you have to take into consideration that Fortnite makes $2 million a day just on iOS. The last number we had was in October stating that Fortnite on iOS made $300 million worldwide just on iOS…in 200 days. Oh to be Epic just for a day.

How are they doing this? Well, according to a study done by Newzoo, Battle Royale players are more likely to spend money on games. In fact, they’re more invested all around than other competitive gamers. They’re more likely to watch esports, spend money, and spend more than 6 hours a week in game. Does that 6 hours a week number feel a bit low to anyone else?

While Fortnite is helping Tim Sweeney live everyone’s dream of swimming in money the Battle Royale genre has suffered a few losses this year. The first Battle Royale to die was Radical Heights, the 80s themed Battle Royale game that was supposed to save Boss Key Studios. Unfortunately what was released was incomplete and, according to those who played it, not all that great. The game closed not long after it was released as the studio collapsed. The result of which made founder CliffyB, of Gears of War fame, declare he would never make another game. He isn’t the first developer to have said this though, so we’ll wait and see if he follows through.

Radical Heights

SOS, upon seeing the massive success of the Battle Royale genre decided to switch gears and transition into a Battle Royale game. It was a complete disaster as none of the fans actually wanted that. So the game was review bombed and it didn’t take long for the game to shut down. They did try to fix things by bringing back the classic game, but for many fans, it was already too late. The Culling 2 was canceled after a less than stellar reception. It was a game that no one really wanted, and even the developers admitted this. Islands of Nyne also recently announced that they can no longer continue to develop the game and it is now in maintenance mode on Steam. The game is free to play and will continue to be available for the time being. With the market being largely dominated by a couple of big games it is an undeniable fact that we will see more Battle Royale games close in 2019, we just have to wait and see which ones it will be.

Much to our surprise, only a few MMOs have jumped on the Battle Royale bandwagon. For a while, those of us at MMOGames feared that every MMO would come out with a Battle Royale mode. Thankfully, at this point only a few have. Skyforge, Mortal Online, Wild West Online, and Ashes of Creation are the most notable. Though you also have it in games like Trove.

Mortal Royale

It was quite a year for the Battle Royale genre and this was barely a look at the surface. There were a vast amount of games we didn’t mention like Rapture Rejects and we didn’t even discuss how many divorces there were because of Fortnite. But now it is time to start looking ahead to 2019. We already know that Planetside Arena is on its way, what else will 2019 bring us? Next week we’ll look at a few predictions.

If you want another look back at 2018 in Battle Royale games take a look at this list of our Battle Royale roundups. They haven’t been running all year, but they will give you a bit of an idea on how the year has gone.

What Gaming Looks Like One Year After Fortnite
August Battle Royale Weekly 1 – SOS Classic Tries to Save the Game
The Battle Royale Games of Gamescom 2018
August Battle Royale Weekly 2 – Gamescom and New Games
August Battle Royale Weekly 3 – Epic Android Security Issues for Fortnite
September Battle Royale Weekly 1 – Firestorm Info Dump
September Battle Royale Weekly 2 – Adult Arrested After Threatening Kid Over Fortnite
October Battle Royale Weekly 1 – Fortnite makes $300 Million in 200 Days
October Battle Royale Weekly 2 – PUG Makes $100 Million and Goodbye SOS
November Battle Royale Weekly 1 – PUBG on PS4
November Battle Royale Weekly 2 – 200 Million Fortnite Players and Totally Accurate Battlegrounds goes F2P
December Battle Royale Weekly – Goodbye Islands of Nyne

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Battle Royale Weekly: Totally Accurate Battlegrounds Will Go F2P

Totally Accurate Battlegrounds will go F2P. Islands of Nyne will have a tournament with real money prizes during their F2P weekend. Fortnite has 200 million players, but PUBG is outperforming them on mobile. This week we’re also seeing a couple of high profile Battle Royale games we’ve been waiting for move into a playable state. Plus there’s a whole lot more in this week’s Battle Royale Weekly.


Fortnite Brings in 200 Million Players

In June it was reported that Fortnite had 125 million players and now it has reached that ever so impressive mark of 200 million. It also has 8.3 million concurrent players on a regular basis. Most games hope for that many players in their lifetime.

But while Fortnite has more players than ever Twitch viewership is down and revenue has remained pretty flat despite the growth. At the same time though they’re working with the NFL and Marvel. They’ve got Fortnite branded Monopoly, Nerf guns, and who knows what else they’ve got lined up.


Source: Forbes


Islands of Nyne Open Tournament Announced

Islands of Nyne: Battle Royale

Islands of Nyne has announced they’re holding a tournament with a $2,500 prize pool. The event will be held on December 2nd and sign-ups are open now. It will be held during the F2P weekend and it is open to all, including those just trying the game out for the weekend. Further details are given once you register to take part.

The tournament has received a bit of backlash from fans as it is coming at a time when player population is at an all-time low. They also accuse the devs of abandoning the game without improving it. Will the tournament have the impact they’re hoping for? We’ll just have to wait and see what the numbers are like over the weekend.


Source: Steam


Mavericks: Proving Grounds Starts Testing

Mavericks: Proving Grounds

As you may recall Mavericks: Proving Grounds isn’t doing traditional testing like you’re used to seeing. Instead, they have something called The Forge, a sort of beta server where they test the game and new updates they’re introducing. Well, for the first time The Forge is opening for a limited number of players. During The Forge up to 1000 concurrent players will be able to take part in a free for all fight. If you don’t get picked to take part, unfortunately, you’ll have to wait to hear more about the game. There is an NDA in place though as they continue development this will change.


Source: MMORPG


PUBG Mobile Revenue Grows 166% in One Week

For the first time, PUBG outperformed Fortnite on IOS as it enjoys a 166% growth in one week. Player spending went from $4.5 million to $12 million just on mobile. PUBG mobile only started monetizing in April, which makes that $12 million all the more impressive. Each day last week there was about a half a million dollar difference in the earnings for PUBG Mobile and Fortnite on just iOS. PUBG Mobile brought in $1.7 million a day while Fortnite brought in $1.2 million daily on iOS. Will we continue to see these numbers beyond the long holiday week? We’ll just have to wait and see.


Source: SensorTower


Rapture Rejects Enters Early Access

Rapture Rejects

The hilarious and blasphemous Rapture Rejects is now in Early Access on Steam. It is one of those that you have to pay to get into. As of the time of writing this, we’re still waiting for the trailer to drop along with any welcome messages/patch notes/whatever else we might get. Hopefully, more information will come out before this article goes live, but, if you’re reading this then it didn’t. Live with it.


Source: Steam


Realm Royale Console Beta is Go

Realm Royale seemed to lose some steam on PC which is one of the reasons Hi-Rez is finally bringing the game to consoles. This may very well be the game’s saving grace. If you’re interested in trying it out they have been giving keys away on their social media. So if you don’t already follow them there, you should.


Source: Realm Royale Twitter


Red Dead Redemption 2 Has Battle Royale Mode

With the release of Red Dead Online, we’ve seen several new multiplayer modes. Since Battle Royale is the big genre everyone loves right now is it really any wonder that one of those modes is Battle Royal? Make it Count is what Red Dead is calling their Battle Royale mode.

Make it Count has two versions. In the first players are given a bow and a handful of arrows. To get more arrows you have to loot them off the corpses of the dead. The second version is quite similar but involves throwing knives instead of a bow and arrows.

At the moment Red Dead Online is only available to those who played Red Dead Redemption between October 26th and 29th, and Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate Edition owners. Though it will be open to all Red Dead Redemption 2 owners from tomorrow, so you don’t have to wait long.


Source: Gamespot


Totally Accurate Battlegrounds Will Go F2P

Totally Accurate Battlegrounds

After a recent community test of the new brawl mode Totally Accurate Battlegrounds announced on Steam that they would be going F2P in the future. But, before they can do that they have to finish the brawl mode, get some cosmetics made, and work on optimizing the game for streaming.

They have been quite honest about their reasons for going F2P. It can be quite difficult to get 50 players together for a match. The other reason is that server costs are, in their words “very high.” The move to F2P not only opens them up to the potential for more players to join in it also gives them the opportunity to sell various things in a cash shop.

There isn’t any word yet on when Totally Accurate Battlegrounds will go F2P. Developers recommend you follow them on social media to stay up to date. At the moment it sounds like they’ve got quite a bit on their plate before they’re ready to dedicate to this F2P transition. I personally wouldn’t expect to see it before Valentine’s Day.


Source: Steam

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Battle Royale Weekly: Islands of Nyne Free to Play Weekend

This week news is a little bit light on the Battle Royale front. Of course, it has only been a few days since SOS closed with very little fanfare and no media attention. Many of the Battle Royale games that we follow seem to be struggling with population issues while Fortnite and PUBG continue to dominate the genre. But, all of that doesn’t mean that there is no news. In fact, there are a few different games to talk about this week including Islands of Nyne and Ring of Elysium which rarely have anything to mention.


Fortnite Food Fight

Fortnite is injecting a bit of goofy fun into the game with a food fight limited time mode. You’re either on Team Burger or Team Pizza, which is represented by tomatoes. Build a fort around your mascot before the barrier is lowered in the first few minutes. Once the barrier is down it’s time to go after the other team’s mascot. Players will respawn after 7 seconds when they’ve been eliminated. It’s a goofy little fun mode that has Fortnite fans split down the middle between The Cult of Tomatohead and Shrine of Durr. Yes, there are even subreddits dedicated to the two sides. It isn’t yet clear how long this battle between to fast food giants will continue.


Source: Patch Notes


Islands of Nyne Free to Play Weekend

Islands of Nyne: Battle Royale

Islands of Nyne will be hosting a free to play weekend from Thursday, November 29th to December 2nd. This is the first time they’ve held such an event so for many, this will be the first opportunity to experience the game. They’re holding this event in celebration of their first major patch. There is also going to be an official tournament held that weekend. What the prizes will be is still pending though. The game has been struggling due to low population recently. That isn’t the only trouble they’re facing though, recent reviews on Steam have been overwhelmingly negative. Just 5% of 278 reviews in the last 30 days have been positive. Much of the negativity comes from the inability to get a match started due to low population and what players are calling abandonment of the game by developers. Will this free weekend be enough to save the game? We’ll have to wait and see.


Source: Steam


PUBG Coming to PS4

After months of speculation and waiting the news has finally come that PUBG is coming to PS4. Even better yet, we don’t have to wait very long for it to come. The release date for PUBG on PS4 is December 4th, 2018. Yes, just a couple of weeks away and just in time for the holidays. Pre-orders are now available with a variety of bundles depending on how many in-game coins you’d like. Anyone who pre-orders will get two exclusive items; a Nathan Drake outfit from Uncharted and Ellie’s backpack from The Last of Us.

The PS4 version will have three maps; Erangel, Sanhok, and Miramar. All the major features of the game are also included. For anyone with a Playstation 4 Pro and a television capable of handling it, there will be some visual enhancements to enjoy.


Source: MMOGames


Ring of Elysium Adds Three-Tier Security

Since the end of September Ring of Elysium has banned more than 20,000 accounts and associated computers from the game for cheating and violation of the game’s terms of service. They also revealed a new three their security system that they hope will make the game more enjoyable for everyone. Except for the cheaters of course. Their plan includes real-time ban notifications, computer bans, and a player reporting feedback system. They also have a zero tolerance policy in place. All of this means that cheaters are going to have a much harder time cheating and if they do cheat they won’t be able to go back to the game without a bit of work. Will all the effort Tencent is putting into the cheating problem pay off? Hopefully, but we’ll have to wait and see how things go.


Source: MMORPG


So, that’s all there is this week. Sure, other games have had small updates but those are hardly worth writing about. Other news that wasn’t worth talking about in full is that Sea of Thieves is planning a new PvP mode that isn’t quite battle royale but kind of is. There’s still some debate if it should go on our list of battle royale games or not. Leaning towards no though. Also, earlier this month Ashes of Creation announced they’re doing a free to play battle royale mode. This mode is actually a separate thing they’re working on for PvP testing on the side. Just a few days before that Wild West Online also announced they’re bringing out a battle royale mode. This one came with a whole lot more news, however. Like the studio’s collapse and how they’re doing a soft reboot with an almost entirely new development team.

If you haven’t already done so be sure to check out our Battle Royale Beta List that has all of the games currently in beta in the battle royale genre. As you might expect this is actually the vast majority of battle royale titles. At the moment the list includes about 40 different games with more being added all the time. The list gets updated every Friday along with our regular beta list that includes all forms of online games. Though admittedly, we don’t usually put on every mobile game because there are just too many of them.

I’d love to know your thoughts on the current state of the battle royale genre. Are we in danger of going the way of the MOBA? Let me know in the comments below.

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PUBG Comes to PlayStation 4 December 7

All of the datamining and assumptions have rung true. We have an official PUBG PS4 launch date confirmed by the game directly, along with all of the usual pomp and circumstance that announcement involves like pre-order bonuses and the like.

pubg ps4 release date

The PS4 version will include Erangel, Sanhok and Miramar maps, as well as all the major features of the game including a ranking system, event mode, and achievements. Those who have a PS4 Pro will also get to enjoy some visual enhancements.

“We’re excited to expand our PUBG service and introduce new communities to our Battle Royale game,” remarks PUBG Corp’s CEO Changhan Kim. “PlayStation has developed an amazing community of passionate gamers and we can’t wait to join them this holiday season.”

That whole holiday season buying thing involves some goodies for those who do pre-order the game now, including cosmetic items fashioned after characters from the popular Uncharted game series. There’s also different in-game goodies depending on which of the editions of PUBG one gets, including G-Coins, Battle Points, and the Survivor Pass: Vikendi battle pass.

Naturally, there’s a trailer coming along for the ride, which you can see below.

Our Thoughts

Well, it’s about heckin’ time, folks. Seriously, though, we expect there will be a few PS4 players who are eager to get into some battle royale shenanigans and see whether this game has something that the others don’t. Or it’s already a dead game why even bother lolz, depending on who you ask.

Source: press release

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