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Posted by SoundGuy on February 28, 2014 in Uncategorized with No Comments

This is a copy of the most updated list that can be found in facebook group :

(Updated March 14th  , 2014)

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== Sunday 16th ==

The fellowship of parties annual pre-con dinner

Location: Stinking Rose

Time: 7:00PM

Details: The dinner that start off GDC networking and partying. RSVP here please!

== Monday 17th ==


Pree Launch Party

Location: Temple Nightclub, 540 Howard St

Time: 6 pm to 10 pm


Unwinnable GDC Party

Location: Hi-Tide Lounge, 600 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA (at Jones Street)

Time: 7pm


Details: The best party on Monday night with your favorite game journalists and developers hanging out with drinks. Cash bar. Open minds. Good music. Stay for the special announcement…

Mobile UA Fellowship Dinner @ GDC

Location: Jillian’s, 175 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Details: Open bar/networking, panel discussion, dinner, more networking. Note: This is for SENIOR Mobile Developers only and you must receive a confirmation email from MUAF in order to get in the door. According to them “Email confirmation comes from us directly. We will have 800-1000 register [on Eventbrite] but only 200 full vetted people will be able to attend.”

LaunchFEST / Angel Launch Networking Mixer

Location: Mars Bar, 798 Brannan at 7th, San Francisco, CA 94102

Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm



Details: Networking mixer with demo tables. Mixer is free if you LIKE them on FACEBOOK. ~$100 for a demo table.

The ‘That’s not a party, THIS is a party’ Party

Location: Jillian’s, 175 4th Street (opposite Moscone West)

Time: 9pm  to Midnight



Details: It’s pretty much a night down the pub, but with some pub grub and drinks for ticket holders and a chance for a yarn with the Aussies and their mates. 21+ must have proof of ticket purchase and ID, wear your GDC ID for bar access.

Music : Background music, possibly including Men At Work

Food: Finger Food

Bar : Open with GDC ID

Entertainment : Pool tables and great people to talk with including Best of Play winners, IGF Finalists and more.

Venue : Up to 300pax

IntimateCake:  cake is not a lie.

Gaming International: GDC Pitch Night

Location: swissnex, 730 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Time: 6:30pm tp 9pm


Details: Come discover the most innovative game studios from France, Belgium, Canada and Switzerland

POCKET GAMER AWARDS with Chukong & Kamcord

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

Time: 6:00 – 8:00PM

Link: (waitlist, but I am sure you can just show up early)

Details: Yes, welcome to the fifth annual Pocket Gamer Awards, where we gather to celebrate the very best mobile and handheld releases from 2013 with 14 special categories, and it’s an occasion we’d like to share with you at an exclusive reception and awards ceremony.

POCKET GAMER GDC PARTY with FunPlus, Chukong & Applifier

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

Time: 8:00PM – 12:00AM


Details: 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!

2014 IGDA Game User Research Summit St. Paddy’s Meet & Greet

Location: 1390 California Street @ Hyde

Time: (6-8pm)


Details: open bar for summit attendees, cash bar for others

== Tuesday 18th ==


Location: 21st Amendment – 563 2nd Street, San Francisco (between Bryant & Brannan)
Time: 8:30 PM – Midnight
Details:   Join 13th Lab as we kickstart our new platform for playing immersive, multiplayer FPS games on mobile.  Hosted bar, free munchies & snacks, FPS battles and super cool prizes all at the 21st Amendment – it will be a night of explosive party immersion!

NativeX Party @ GDC 2014

Location: 620 Jones, San Francisco, CA 94102

Time: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM


Details: RSVP required for admittance. Non-transferable. Beer and wine provided.

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

Music:  Rob Monroy -

DJ Iota -

Official GDC VIP Cocktail Party presented by iDreamsky

Location: B Restaurant and Bar (above North Hall) ; 720 Howard Street

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Details: Invitation only

Playphone 5th Annual GDC Happy Hour!

Location: Jillian’s, 175 Fourth Street

Time: 6:00-08:00 pm


Colombian Video Games GDC Happy Hour.

Location: ROE Restaurant Bar Lower Level, 651 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Time: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm


Details: Meet the Colombian Video Game Studios! Mix and mingle with more than 20 of the top game development companies of Colombia.

GDC Latin American Party.

Location: 691 Market Street, Local Edition Bar.

Time: 6:00pm to 9:00 pm


Details: Drink, meet and mingle with the key players in the Latin American Market.

“Stir” Yacht Party Hosted by GWC, Sponsored by Sky-Mobi

Location: A Yacht in the SF Bay! (Location Announced to Accepted Applicants)

Time: Tuesday, March 18. 6-9pm


Details: The most buzzed-about party of GDC 2013 is back! The “Stir” Yacht Party is by invite only and is setting sail with 100 handpicked mobile industry leaders from Silicon Valley, China, Japan and around the world. Come aboard and network with fellow leading mobile game developers, distributors, publishers, and investors.

  • Network with game leaders from around the world (Look at last year’s list on our site)
  • Private sunset cruise with magnificent views of the Bay Bridge, Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge
  • Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres & drinks
  • See first hand how GWC Member Network played a role in Rovio, Halfbrick and Evernote success in China

This a GWC Member Network and INVITE-ONLY event. Attendees are strictly limited to CXOs, founders and presidents from innovative mobile companies. If you did not receive an invitation, but would like to be considered to join, fill out the guest list application found here:

A Curent Circus Event: VideoDreams and AudioMemories

Location: Public Works SF, 161 Erie Street SF (

Time: 7pm til 2am

Link: and

Details: Join our interactive party – come play, dance or mingle and enter a new world where the music is transformed by the audience and our international musicians and DJs. Limited tickets, GDC attendees get an open bar from 8-10pm, book now.

- A musical videogame jam session: interactive art installations that engage the audience to play with the event’s music.

- Alpha Muse (

- SoundSelf (

- Z-Vector (

- Panoramical (

- Music:

- Mista Savona (

- Christian Martin (

- Dov (

- Perfect Stranger (

- Borrris

- Live interactive music dome (

- Live digital painting + 3D projection mapping

- Interactive dj sets + Live recording

Your presence drives our beats and melodies. The music creates and manipulates our live visuals. Our music and audio-reactive game-world are all focused together towards a large-scale freeform recording session!

2014 IGDA Game User Research Summit

Location: Merchants Exchange Building, 465 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


Details: This is an all-day summit put on by the IGDA. As this is an all-day event, it’s not the best for those who have full-week passes to GDC, but it may work great for those attending GDC with an Expo Pass. This is not a “party” per say, but it is another oppurtunity to network and share games-related research that many may not be aware of.

Two parties happening in conjunction with this event:

Monday, March 17th – St. Paddy’s Meet & Greet (6-8pm) The Wreck Room, 1390 California Street @ Hyde, San Francisco (open bar for summit attendees, cash bar for others)

Tuesday, March 18th – Cocktail Reception (6–9pm) The Julia Morgan Ballroom, The Merchants Exchange Club, 16th Floor, San Francisco (open bar, entry only for summit attendees)

Making Healthcare Sexy: Gamification Driving Healthcare Innovation

Location: 49 Powell Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA, 94102

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PMLinks: (Tickets not required for entry, but recommended in case of a busy venue.)


Details: Fascinated by healthcare reform and determined to integrate gamification into the front-line care delivery process, we are a group of disruptive engineers working to revolutionize an archaic industry. We want to connect with interesting people looking to make a difference, not hear a sales pitch. Join us for an evening of food, drinks, music, and networking!

Midwest Game Developer Meet-up

Location: Jamber:

Time: Tuesday 8:00PM


Details: This is a low-key, meet up of down to earth developers mostly based around midwestern U.S.  If you are originally from the Chicago area, or Wisconsin, or Iowa, or heck even Indiana (we don’t discriminate), feel free to stop by and have a drink with us.  We did this last year and it was alot of fun.

IGDA’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

Location: Children’s Creativity Museum (right next to Moscone South! 221 Fourth Street)

Time: 6PM-9PM


Details: Celebrate the IGDA’s 20th anniversary with us during GDC! Join us for a casual networking event including a speech by the IGDA’s founder, Ernest Adams with the anniversary cake, drinks and light snacks. Don’t miss out the stop motion animation demo lab, cool projects from Chartboost University, and a chance to win a Microsoft Surface RT courtesy of MSDN East!

Storm8′s GDC 2014 Party

Location: ROE Restaurant and Lounge
Time: 6 pm to 9pm
Details: Currently sold out

== Wednesday 19th ==


Remote Workers Happy Hour by Sqwiggle

Location: 620 Jones St.
Time: 5 pm to 7 pm
Details: Sponsored by a remote online workspace host, Sqwiggle.

Presented by: SponsorPay, AppLift and adjust by adeven

Location: Audio (316 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103)

Time: 10PM-1AM


Details: Invite Only

Berlin invades GDC! Berlin: The world’s club capital. 36-hour parties, DJ legends, die-hard spirit. This year, SponsorPay, AppLift and adjust by adeven are bringing Berlin and its infamous nightlife to GDC.

Silicon Studio GDC “Wine And Unwind” Party

Location: Press Club, 20 Yerba Buena Lane, SF

Time: 7-10pm

Details:  Just need to relax right after the first day of the show? Or want start off an epic night of partying with something chill at a swank spot? Swing on by, enjoy a few drinks and appetizers on the house at this low-key cool joint.

Music: Chill / Refreshments: Free (light appetizers) / Bar: Open / Entertainment: Clean & Casual / Venue: Cool

Link: (please print this invite)

Contact: Special yet “easy” invite only. Drop an email to

Game Developer Night at GDC Week

Sponsored by China Unicom Wo Store and K&L Gates
Location: K&L Gates, 4 Embarcadero Center, Suite 1200, San Francisco, CA 94111
Time: 6 pm to 9:30 pm
Details: $25 for a demo ticket. Mobile game publishers and investors, experts on the China market.

The bspot Speakeasy

Location: It’s a secret.

Time: 7-11pm


Details: Got the password? Then drinks are on us, along with Prohibition Hors d’oeuvres, Moonshine Desserts and more.

More Details: Invite only. A madcap secret gathering of the coolest cats in town. Think that’s you? Want the password? Drop us a note. Presents: Steve Aoki & The M Machine

Location: Mezzanine

Time: 9pm – 2am


Details: You will receive an email on March 13th with information on picking up your credential. *21+ only, no exceptions *Bring a valid ID *Dress to Impress

YetiZen presents GDC Bash at AT&T Giant’s Stadium Ballpark Party!

Location:  AT&T Ballpark, 24 Willie Mays Plaza San Francisco, CA 94107

Time:  8pm – Midnight

Details?  Wouldn’t you like to know… Entertainment yet to be announced.  Celebrity investors yet to be announced.

Other forms of entertainment:  Cigar Roller, Pool Table, Air Hockey, Live Video Game Tournaments, Ping Pong, drinks, photo booth with the World Series trophies (San Francisco Giants), Batting Cages, Ballpark tours, fireplace, lounge furniture

VIP Section:  uhhh, wow.  They’re keeping this one a secret for now.

RUMORS:  Ferrari test drives?  A-List Celebrities?  nooo…. can’t be.


*new*  8th Annual GGP Party presented by Casual Connect and GaymerX2

Location, location, location: The Stud Bar,  399 9th St, San Francisco, CA 94103   (X Harrison)

Time: 9pm-1am


Ticketing:  Do you mean Drink tix, the first 100 drinks are FREE thx to our sponsors; then Cash Bar!

Details:  Gay Gaming Professionals and Allies, friends old and new and revelry!

Music : Some, mostly hanging with friends, talking, some 3DS and Vita

Food: Eat before :) !  only food for thought will be served :)

Bar : first 100 drinks free, then cash bar!

UOL BoaCompra + Taylor Wessing: A Foreign Affair

Location: Foreign Cinema, 2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Time: 8 pm – 11:30 pm

Shadertoy Hackathon

Location: Adobe Hipster Hall, 410 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM


Details: The first world-competition ever to find out who can write the best shader in 60 minutes. Bring your laptop with you or compete remotely.

WIGI: 7th Annual GDC Networking Party

Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Details/Link: The invitation for the 7th Annual Women in Games International GDC networking event is up! Refreshments compliments of our sponsors OnLive, PlayStation, Game Connection and Indiegogo! The party takes place on Wednesday March 19th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm just around the corner from the GDC convention center. For an invite to the 7th Annual WIGI GDC event, sign up on the WIGI website:

That Venus Patrol & Wild Rumpus Party

Location: Public Works, 161 Erie St San Francisco, CA 94103

Time: 7pm – 2am

The LDS Game Developers Meetup at GDC

Location: Super Duper Burger, 2304 Market St San Francisco, CA 94114

Time: 8:30 pm to 10 pm


Details: Come to an informal meet and greet with other LDS Game Developers. We’ll be getting to know each other, drinking milkshakes, and discuss the game industry. Open to all, regardless of faith. A great chance to playtest some Christian games and swap stories with a small & friendly group.

Kabam Presents: Free2Play Forum Mixer @ GDC 2014

Location: 111 Minna Gallery @ 111 Minna St.
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Details: Contact them for discount codes to get into the party free of charge.

== Thursday 20th ==


GDC 2014: G.A.N.G Awards After Party at Pyramind Studios

Location: 832 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Time: 9 pm to Midnight
Details: Excellence in Game Audio is celebrated annually at the G.A.N.G. Awards show. It will be a night of entertainment and peer recognition. The official after party will be hosted by Pyramind Studios, located one block away from the Moscone Center. GDC Pass and RSVP are required at the door!
Peanut Labs & Curse

The Pirates of Silicon Valley Cruise Party 2014 (GDC Edition)

Event Video:

Location: South Beach Harbor

Time: 7:00-10:00 pm

Tickets At:


Spatial Storytelling: Augmented and Virtual Realities

Location: swissnexsf

Time:  6:30 PM to 10:00 PM


Details: Spatial Storytelling: Augmented and Virtual Realities | Drinks, Food, Games Showcases and Demos – GDC Special

9th Annual Blacks in Gaming

Location: Roe, 651 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA

Time: 7p-10p

Details: With two floors of Club Roe, there will be indie game demos, networking, live interviews, food, drinks, and raffle prizes. BIG is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping minorities enter the game industry. All are welcome to attend!Email if you would like to demo for free!

== Friday 21st ==


8BITSF and POW POW POW presents: Band Saga LIVE

Location: DNA Lounge



$8 Advance/$13 door/$5 with GDC Badge

The fellowship of parties Kickdown party

Location: TBD



Location: Canton Seafood & Dim Sum Restaurant

Time: 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM


Details : A JAPAN PARTY will be held by IGDA Japan at the evening on the final day of GDC 2014. It is very good chance to communicate with Japanese developers directly. We are welcome to international guests. Let’s enjoy together! You must have 1 ticket for 1 guest. Nobody will be accepted without ticket ($30).

GDC Game Developer & Publisher Networking Happy Hour & Costume Party

Location: Blu, 747 Market St (4th Floor)
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Details: $15 for early bird includes food. $25 for general admission, $50 for demo table. Cosplay door prizes!
== Saturday 22nd ==

Games [4Diversity] Jam 2014 USA

Location: YetiZen, 540 Howard St San Francisco, CA CA 94105

Time: Saturday, March 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM - Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM (PDT)


Details: Post-GDC Game Jam with focus on female, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.

Cost: ~$20 for participation and lunch


Location: Meet at W San Francisco (limo will be near the Mission Street entrance)181 3rd St, San Francisco, California 94103

Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Details: $200 for a limo party
== Sunday 23rd ==

Jillian’s @ the Metreon

  • 175 Fourth Street San Francisco, CA 94103



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