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@nevverlander Since OpenZeppelin contracts are used by inheritance, user-defined variables will be placed by the compiler after OpenZeppelin's ones. If, in a newer version, new variables are added by the library, the storage layouts would be incompatible, and an upgrade would not be possible.
The gap is a workaround to that issue: by leaving a 50-slot gap, we're able to increase the contract's storage by that amount (provided we also remove the same slots from the gap) with no clashing issues.