#GDC 2014 PARTY GUIDE, by me!

16Mar14

My POCKET GAMER ULTIMATE GDC 2014 PARTY GUIDE is now updated, by me!  Messy notes below just in case you’re not able to clickthrough, but click anyway so my article gets good stats 😀  Follw me @contentnow and find me here:

Monday
– POCKET GAMER!!!
– then UNWINNABLE
– Tapjoy, Kongregate, etc

Tuesday
– DTOID/TWITCH/SEGA!!!
– Cut the Rope 2
– NativeX, etc

Wednesday
– WARGAMING!!!
– Klubnacht 
– Ballpark
– Google Play, Kiip (The Jane Doze), Kabam, Zynga, Unity

Thursday
– GAME INSIGHT!
– .party ()
– Blizzard
– BIP > IMGAs (PR hotspot, ahem! where all the mobile gaming press will be)

Friday
– VIDEOGAME KARAOKE!

MONDAY

What: Bavarian Happy Hour

When: Monday, March 17, 5pm-LATE

Where: Rocketspace, 225 Bush, SF CA

How: https://www.facebook.com/events/627094627362317

Cost: FREE

What: Tapjoy GDC Happy Hour

When:  Monday, March 17, 5-8pm

Where:  swanky speakeasy

How: Invite only

Cost: FREE

What: POCKET GAMER AWARDS with Chukong & Kamcord

When: Monday, March 17, 6-8pm

Where: ROE, 651 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

How: http://pgawards2014.eventbrite.com

Cost: Free

More Info: The bubbly will be pouring at the Fifth Annual Pocket Gamer Awards where the mobile game industry gathers to celebrate the very best mobile and handheld releases from 2013 with 14 special categories. It will be an all VIP crowd. Come early to join the fun!

What:  Talking Data Chinese Game Market Dinner
When: Monday, March 17, 6-9pm
Where: Yetizen, 540 Howard, 2nd Floor
How: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/talkingdata-hosts-chinese-game-market-analysis-dinner-tickets-10929661913?err=29
Cost: FREE

What: LaunchFEST

When:  Monday, March 17, 6-9pm

Where:  Mars Bars, 798 Brannan, SF CA 94102

How:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/angel-launch-networking-mixer-tickets-10554722459www.facebook.com/angellaunchevents

Cost: Like them on Facebook for free entry

What: Mobile UA Fellowship Dinner

When: 6-10pm

Where: Jillian’s, 175 Fourth Street, SF CA 94103

How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mobile-ua-fellowship-dinner-gdc-tickets-10496490285

Cost: FREE

More Info: A panel presenting an overview of Facebook’s 2014 Mobile Strategy panel featuring Stephanie Shrum, Product Manager, Mobile App Ads, Facebook, Yousuf Bhaijee, Senior Director of Growth, Zynga, Sho MAsuda, VP Marketing & UA, GREE, Eric Seufert, Head of Marketing, Wooga, Christian Limon, VP Growth, Glu, Daniel Barnes, Head of UA & Monetization, Natural Motion. Sponsored by InMobi, Fiksu, AdEven, GameGenetics, Eedar.

What: PREE LAUNCH PARTY

When:  Monday, March 17, 6-10pm

Where:  Temple Nightclub, 540 Howard, SF CA

How: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pree-launch-party-tickets-10881413601

Cost: FREE

More Info:  Special performance by Marshall ‘Soulful’ Jones

What: GAMING INTERNATIONAL:  GDC Pitch Night

When:  Monday, March 17, 6:30-9pm

Where:  Swiisnex, 730 Montgomery, SF CA 94111

How: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/gaming-international-gdc-pitch-night-tickets-10703252717

Cost: FREE

More Info:  Games from France, Belgium, Canada & Switzerland

What: IGN’s THE MIX SAN FRANCISCO

When:  Monday, March 17, 7pm-LATE

Where:  IGN HQ, 625 2nd Street, SF CA

How: http://www.mediaindieexchange.com

Cost: FREE

More Info:  25 playable indie games and refreshments!

What: GOG Meatspace Meetup

When:  Monday, March 17, 7pm-LATE

Where:  The Social Study, 1795 Geary, SF CA 94115

How: 

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/gogcom-meatspace-meetup-at-gdc-tickets-10907479565

Cost: FREE

More Info:  Beer and grub with TheFrenchMonk, iWi, TheEnigmaticT, and w0rma

What: UNWINNABLE’s UNSTOPPABLE GDC PARTY

When:  Monday, March 17, 7pm-LATE

Where:  Hi-Tide Lounge, 600 Geary, SF CA 94102

How: https://www.facebook.com/events/225954527600594

Cost: FREE

More Info:  Unwinnable is back for its third annual GDC party, with all of your favorite game people partying hard. Join them at this Tenderloin dive bar for casual discourse and hugs plus a special announcement from Unwinnable’s Editor-in-Chief Stu Horvath.

What: Kongregate GDC Party

When: Monday, March 17, 7:30-11:30pm

Where: Southside Spirit House, 575 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kongregate-7th-annual-gdc-party-tickets-10785243955

Cost: Free

More Info: Oooh, hunker down with GameStop’s Kongregate crew at the best little hideaway in SF. Taste the long list of libations and enjoy this lo-fi cassette tape hipster haven with its special nooks and crannies to catch up with long lost friends.

What: POCKET GAMER GDC PARTY with FunPlus, Chukong, Everyplay, AppsFlyer & WildTangent
When: Monday, March 17, 8pm – LATE
Where: ROE, 651 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
How: http://www.gdcparty2014.eventbrite.com
Cost: Free
More Info: Three floors of St Paddy’s mayhem as PlayStation’s legendary DJ R3Y bumps the dance floor with his special blend of elektrohouse and VGM. Spot Zelda in the mix as you sink into little nooks to hangout with industry friends you haven’t seen in forever. Crafty cocktails and savory bites. Last year was so over the top, people are still talking about it!

What: AUSSIE’s THAT’s NOT A PARTY, THIS IS A PARTY!

When:  Monday, March 17, 9pm-Midnight

Where: Jillian’s, 175 4th Street

How: https://www.facebook.com/events/501587656628081

Cost: FREE

More Info: Pool tables, pub grub and drinks

TUESDAY

What: PlayPhone’s 5th Annual GDC Happy Hour

When: Tuesday, March 18, 5-8pm

Where: Jillian’s Billiards Club, 175 Fourth Street, SF CA 94103

How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/playphones-5th-annual-gdc-happy-hour-tickets-10740941445

Cost: FREE

More Info: Open bar, bites and billiards

What: Colombian Video Games GDC Happy Hour

When: Tuesday, March 18, 5:30-8:30pm

Where: ROE, 651 Howard, Lower Level

How:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/colombian-video-games-gdc-happy-hour-meet-the-colombian-video-game-studios-tickets-10805295931

Cost: FREE

What: European Mobile Drinks with Natural Motion, Wooga & Zeptolab

When: 6-8pm

Where: Samovar Tea Lounge, Yerga Buena Gardens, 730 Howard, SF CA 94103

How: by invite only

Cost: FREE

More Info: Torsten Reil, CEO, NaturalMotion (CSR Racing), Jens Begemann, CEO, Wooga (Jelly Splash), and Misha Lyalin, CEO, Zeptolab (Cut The Rope 2) discuss their outlook for the mobile games industry over drinks and snacks.

What: GDC Latin American Party

When: Tuesday, March 18, 6-9pm

Where: Local Edition, 691 Market, SF CA

How: https://www.facebook.com/events/602087049884850/?fref=ts

Cost: FREE

More Info: Drinks, MEAT and mingle!

What: IGDA 20th Anniversary Celebration

When: 6-9pm

Where: Children’s Creativity Museum, 221 Fourth Street, SF CA 94103

How: http://www.igda.org/?page=gdc2014

Cost: FREE

More Info: Join IGDA founder Ernest Adams as he cuts the Anniversary cake and celebrates IGDA’s 20 years as the world’s largest professional association for game developers. Drinks, snacks, and stop motion animation fun!

What: STORM8’s GDC PARTY

When: Tuesday, March 18, 6-9pm

Where: ROE, 651 Howard, SF CA 94105

How: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/storm8s-gdc-2014-party-tickets-10421734689

Cost: FREE

More Info: Insider fun with Live105’s Miles the DJ plus drinks and bites to delight!!!

What: iDreamSky Party

When: Tuesday, March 18, 6-9pm

Where: B Bar, 720 Howard

How: http://gdcvip.eventbrite.com, RSVP idreamskygdc@gmail.com

Cost: FREE

What: GWC’s Stir Yacht Party with Sky-Mobi

When: Tuesday, March 18, 6-9pm

Where: On a boat!

How: http://en.gwc.net/stir-yacht-party-gdc/

Cost: FREE

More Info: Sunset cruise around the bay with hors d’oeuvres and drinks

What: Chartboost GDC DevMixer

When: Tuesday, March 18, 6-10pm

Where: Chartboost HQ, 303 2nd, SF CA

How: http://www.eventbrite.nl/e/weheartdevs-gdc-party-tickets-10762305345

Cost: FREE

What: JAGEX GAMES STUDIO GDC PARTY

When: Tuesday, March 18, 6-10pm

Where: Swig Bar, 561 Geary, SF CA

How: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jagex-gdc-celebration-tickets-10685112459

Cost: FREE

More Info:  Indulge in a fantasy-themed celebration of magical cocktails, merriment and mirth!

What: 8bit presents POW POW GDC (21y+)

When: Tuesday, March 18, 7-LATE

Where: DNA Lounge, 375 Eleventh, San Francisco, CA 94103

How: https://www.facebook.com/events/1393029287630909

Cost: $8 Advance/$13 door/$5 with GDC Badge, tickets at www.dnalounge.com

More Info: Chiptunes and beyond, performing Live: doseone · Samurai Gunn, Jake “VIRT” Kaufman · Double Dragon Neon, crashfaster · Dragon Fantasy, minusbaby · F.R.E.S.H. Derris-Kharlan · Dungeon Dashers, Danimal Cannon · Wave Wave, Aliceffekt · Oquonie, Space Town Savior · four//four, with special guest, Nidhogg by Messhof!

What: NativeX GDC Party

When: Tuesday, March 18, 8-11pm

Where: 620 Jones, SF, CA

How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nativex-party-gdc-2014-tickets-10752632413

Cost: FREE

More Info: Settle down in the swanky digs of 620 Jones as DJ Iota and Rob Monroy mix it up over cocktails and bites.

What: 13th LAB GDC REALITY RAGER

When: Tuesday, March 18, 8:30-11:30pm

Where: 21st Amendment Brewery, 563 2nd

How: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/13th-lab-gdc-reality-rager-tickets-10946369887?aff=fellowshiplist#

Cost: Invite only, contact karen.blondell@gmail.com, stop by 13th Lab booth (Moscone West 2nd Floor) for invite

More Info:  3D playground with open bar, appetizers, multiplayer gaming and prizes

What: DFAD & RBK GAMES GDC PARTY

When: Tuesday, March 18, 8pm – Midnight

Where: Vitrine Restaurant @ St Regis, 125 Third, 4th floor, , SF CA

How: http://dfadrbk.eventbrite.com

Cost: Invite only

More Info:  Cocktails, bites, gifts

What: DESTRUCTOID presents ROBOT with Twitch & Sega

When: Tuesday, March 18, 8pm-1am

Where: Mighty, 119 Utah SF

How: https://m.facebook.com/events/865782486772342

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/r-o-b-o-t-tickets-10956484139

Cost: FREE

More Info: Over the top shenanigans as only the Dtoid crew can with DJ R3Y, shocking visuals, and more!

What: A Current Circus Event: VideoDreams and AudioMemories

When: 8pm til late

Where: Public Works SF, 161 Erie Street

How: http://musedev.net/gdc-party/

Cost: Tickets between $5-15

More info: Organised by creative collective Current Circus, the idea is to “come play, dance or mingle and enter a new world where the music is transformed by the audience and our international musicians and DJ lineup.” The event will bring together musicians, procedural audio systems, musical video-games and art installations, “blurring the lines between audience, performers and dancers.”

WEDNESDAY

What: NativeX Career Mixer

When: Wednesday, March 19, 4-5pm

Where: W Hotel, 181 3rd, 2nd floor lounge

How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nativex-career-networking-reception-the-w-hotel-tickets-10824563561

Cost: FREE

What: KABAM’s GDC PARTY

When: Wednesday, March 19, 4-6pm (Invite only), 6-8pm (Public)

Where: 111 Minna Gallery

How:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kabam-presents-free2play-forum-mixer-gdc-2014-tickets-10777877923?discount=Kabam2014

Cost: FREE

More Info: Food and libations!

What: Zynga GDC HAPPY HOUR

When: Wednesday, March 19, 5:30-7:30pm

Where: Zynga HQ, 699 8th

How: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10202786239291095

Cost: GDC badge

More Info: Free roundtrip shuttles to Zynga’s PlayCafe where Zyngites will be entertaining GDC badge holders with their world class Culinary team’s food, drink, games and music.

What: Sqwiggle Remote Workers Happy Hour

When: Wednesday, March 19, 5-7pm

Where: 620 Jones

How:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/remote-workers-happy-hour-by-sqwiggle-gdc-attendees-welcome-tickets-10934684937

Cost: FREE

More Info:  Beer, cocktails and wine!

What: WIGI GDC PARTY

When: Wednesday, March 19, 6-9pm

Where: Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

How: http://getwigi.com/sign-up.html, https://www.facebook.com/getWIGI/posts/10152276439890070

Cost: FREE

More Info:  Refreshments compliments of OnLive, PlayStation, Game Connection and Indiegogo!

What: Party with Kotangent + PlayHaven & VentureBeat

When: Wednesday, March 19, 6-9pm

Where: Novela, 662 Mission, SF

How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/party-with-kontagentplayhaven-venturebeat-at-gdc-tickets-10813935773

Cost: FREE

More Info: Craft cocktails at its finest!

What: FIFTH COLUMN GAMES GDC PARTY

When: Wednesday, March 19, 6-9pm

Where: Fifth Column HQ, 818 Mission, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fifth-column-games-gdc-war-of-omens-launch-party-tickets-10812395165

Cost: Free

More Info: War of Omens is launching and Fifth Column is going ghoulish. Join the mobs for a monster bash of epic proportions.

What: Paymentwall’s GDC Sausagefest

When: Wednesday, March 19, 6:30pm

Where: Supperclub, 657 Harrison Street, SF CA 94107

How:  http://paymentwall.com/events/e/sausagefest-3

Cost: Stop by Paymentwall booth for MINT card for free entry to the party

More Info:  Looks tasty!

What: SHADERTOY HACKATHON

When: Wednesday, March 19, 6:30-9pm

Where: Adobe Hipster Hall, 410 Townsend Street, SF, CA 94107

How: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/shadertoy-hackathon-tickets-10578908801

Cost: FREE

More Info: For devs who’d rather hack than party this is for you! Swig some beer and learn how to push pixels from code to screen using WebGL. Then compete to write the best shader in 60 minutes. The shader idea will be posted @shadertoy at the start of the event with prizes for the winner!

What: Kiip @ GDC

When: Wednesday, March 19, 7-10pm

Where: Harlot, 46 Minna, SF CA

How: http://kiipgdc.splashthat.com

Cost: FREE

More Info: Booze, beats by DJ Kepik, and things wrapped in bacon including hotdogs, featuring a performance by The Jane Doze.

What: Silicon Studios

When: Wednesday, March 19, 7-10pm

Where: Press Club, 20 Yerba Buena Lane

How: http://reverbinc.com/email_blasts/SiliconGDC

Cost: FREE, print invite and bring your business card!

More Info: Be wined and dined with free food and drink!

What: THAT VENUS PATROL & WILD RUMPUS PARTY with Humble Bundle

When: Wednesday, March 19, 7pm-2am

Where: Public Works, 161 Erie Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

How: http://thatvenuspatrolwildrumpusparty.com

Cost: $20

More Info: Those videogame romantics are at it again planning everyone’s favorite ticketed event at GDC. The bands are sure to be awesome so keep checking back for the lineup, and this time Humble Bundle is sponsoring so who knows what type of shenanigans they’re up to. You know it’s going to be wicked, check it out. Early bird tickets are already gone!

What: ATT BALLPARK GDC BLOWOUT hosted by Yetizen

When: Wednesday, March 19, 8pm-Midnight

Where: ATT Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, SF CA 94107

How: https://yzgdc2014.eventbrite.com/

Cost: FREE

More Info: Pool tables, ping pong, AIR HOCKEY, a live tournament video games. That’s right – those yetis are getting into eSPORTS!!! Plus selfies with TWO WORLD SERIES TROPHIES!!! Cavalier will be performing amidst an eclectic mix of musical styles, plus bowling alley, game tables, tournaments, and cigars.

What: UNITY’s GDC PARTY

When: Wednesday, March 19, 9pm-1am

Where: The Grand Nightclub, 520 4th Street, SF CA

How: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/unitys-gdc-party-2014-tickets-7145168391

Cost: FREE

What: WARGAMING!!!

When: Wednesday, March 19, 9pm – 2am

Where:  shhh, itsa secret

How: Invite only

Cost: FREE

More Info: Off the charts mayhem with Steve Aoki & The Machine

What: Google Play partay

When: Wednesday, March 19, 9pm-3am

Where: The New Black, 1999 Bryant

How: Invite only

Cost: FREE

What: KLUBNACHT GDC with AppLift, Sponsorpay & Adjust

When: Wednesday, March 19, 10pm-1am

Where: Audio SF, 316 11th, SF CA 94103

How: http://klubnacht.splashthat.com

Cost: FREE

More Info: Pick up wristband on W 3/19 at sponsor booths, then return to sponsor booths on Th 3/20 for hangover cure.

THURSDAY

What: BIG INDIE PITCH @ GDC with Immersion

When: Thursday, March 20, 12-4pm

Where: 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna between 2nd/New Montgomery, San Francisco, CA 94105

How: http://bigindiepitchgdc2014.eventbrite.com

Cost: Free

More Info: Pocket Gamer plays host to this unique event where indies get a shot at pitching dozens of the world’s leading mobile games journalists for a chance at coverage and prizes. Among the editors in the house include: Pocket Gamer’s Jon Jordan, Keith Andrew, Rob Hearn, Matt Diener and Martine Paris, 148Apps’ Jeff Scott and Rob Rich, Touch Arcade’s Eli Hodapp, Slide To Play’s Andrew Podolsky, Cult of Mac’s Rob LeFebvre, Mashable’s Chelsea Stark, Forbes’ Jean Baptiste Su, Mobile Nations’ Paul Acevedo, GamesIndustry.biz’s Steve Peterson, and writers from Machinima, OXM, GamesRadar, GameSpot, Complex and others. Spectators welcome to bring their games and schmooze over drinks and delectables. Probably the most important event for you to attend for your game at GDC!

What: Perforce GDC Happy Hour

When: Thursday, March 20, 5-7pm

Where: ThirstyBear Brewery, 661 Howard St.

How: http://perforcegdc.splashthat.com/

Cost: FREE

More info:  Free beer for thirsty bears…

What: The Official GDC Party hosted by Game Insight

When: Thursday, March 20, 6-7pm Press/VIP, 7-11pm General Admission

Where: Grand Nightclub, 520 4th, San Francisco, CA 94107

How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-official-gdc-party-hosted-by-game-insight-tickets-10665447641

Cost: Free

More Info: Come party with X-Men’s Michael Ironside and the creators of Tank Domination for a decadent night of drinking and tasty delights. Open bar, a plethora of hearty hors d’oevres, SWAG galore, and a custom iPad Air giveaway among other exciting prizes.

What: ONTARIO ROCKS

When: Thursday, March 20, 6-8pm

Where: Annabelle’s Bar & Bistro @ The Mossier Hotel, 68 4th Street

How: rsvpgdc@omdc.ca

Cost: FREE

More Info:  Food and drinks from devs up north.

What: Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Pitch and Demo + GDC Party
When: Thursday, March 20, 6-11pm
Where: @ Horizon SF 498 Broadway St.
Cost: Free!
 

What: PIRATES OF SILICON VALLEY CRUISE PARTY

When: Thursday, March 20, Boarding 6:15pm/7pm departure departure

Where: South Beach Harbor Pier 40

How: http://piratecruise2014.eventbrite.com

Cost: $600

More Info: Get your cosplay on as Peanut Labs and Curse set sail on the bay with their VIP mateys. After you have finished all your wheeling and dealing at W, what better way to end another epic show. Aye aye captain!

What: 10th International Mobile Gaming Awards

When: Thursday, March 20, 7pm-LATE

Where: Harlot, 46 Minna, SF CA 94105

How: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/10th-international-mobile-gaming-awards-tickets-5705637716

Cost: FREE

More Info: IMGAs celebrating the best in mobile gaming voted on by a jury of the top mobile game journalists in the world.

What: 2014 BIG Blacks in Gaming Networking Party sponsored by Microsoft

When: Thursday, March 20, 7-10pm

Where: Roe, 651 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

How: www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-blacks-in-gaming-networking-party-registration-10479501471

Cost: FREE

More Info: Two floors of ROE dedicated to indie game demos, networking, live interviews, food, drinks, and raffle prizes.

What: Blizzard FanFest

When: Thursday, March 20, 7pm-1am

Where: City View @ Metreon, 135 4th Street

How: Invite only

Cost: FREE

More Info: Immerse yourself in Warcraft food, drinks, games and exclusive Hearthstone prizes.

What: Notch’s .party ()

When: Thursday, March 20, 8:30pm-2am

Where: undisclosed

How: http://www.dotparty.net/sanfrancisco/email/email_ga_online.html

Cost: FREE

More Info: ITSA RAVE! featuring Kill The Noise, Feed Me and Nero.

What: GANG Awards Afterparty

When: Thursday, March 20, 9pm – Midnight

Where: Pyramind, 832 Folsom, SF CA 94107

How: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/gdc-2014-gang-awards-after-party-at-pyramind-studios-tickets-10862968431

Cost: FREE

FRIDAY

What: VIDEOGAME KARAOKE POST-GDC CHILLAX

When: Friday, March 21, 6pm-LATE

Where: Pandora Karaoke, Main Lounge, 177 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

How: https://www.facebook.com/events/661866280541676

Cost: FREE

More Info: The Videogame Karaoke Club is back in black as the SF game community wrecks their special brand of mayhem and debauchery on everyone’s favorite throwdown. GDC ain’t over til everyone gets to sing! Industry madness at its finest.

What: 8bit presents POW POW GDC (all ages)

When: Friday, March 21, 7-LATE

Where: DNA Lounge, 375 Eleventh, San Francisco, CA 94103

How: https://www.facebook.com/events/1393029287630909

Cost: $8 Advance/$13 door/$5 with GDC Badge, tickets at www.dnalounge.com

More Info: Chiptunes and beyond, performing live: Metroid Metal, Rekcahdam, An0va, Kozilek

For a handy guide to the GDC party scene, game developer Oded Sharon has created a mobile app of many on this this list and more. Download for iOS at https://itunes.apple.com/app/id829534666?mt=8 and for Android at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.CorbomiteGames.Fellowship

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