Events for Gamers’ GDC 2019 Party List (2nd Update)

All set for the first part of GDC week, from Sunday, March 17 to Tuesday, March 19? We’re continuing our party list below of GDC 2019 events for the rest of the week!

 


Wednesday, March 20:

Event: Celebrating Latinx in Gaming 2019
Time: 10:00AM-1:00PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrating-latinx-in-gaming-2019-tickets-52825646932
Description: “Xbox celebrates diversity and recognizes the impact of the Latinx community in the gaming industry. Come share your story during the Game Developer’s Conference with other Latinx and Latin American professionals of the gaming industry in this fun-filled and enlightening event. Join us to connect & network with other game creators, developers, writers, artists, and more.”

Event: “My First GDC” Meetup
Time: 12:00PM-2:00PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: Moscone Center 747 Howard Street San Francisco, CA 94103
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/my-first-gdc-meetup-wednesday-edition-registration-56924197808
Description: Because of the popularity of the (sold out) Monday version of the casual meet-and-greet meetup for GDC first-timers, a Wednesday version of the event was launched.

Event: LGBTQIA in Gaming 2019
Time: 2:00PM-5:00PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lgbtqia-in-gaming-2019-tickets-52826278822
Description: “Xbox is proud to return with the 3rd annual LGBTQIA in Gaming event. This gathering during the Game Developer’s Conference is a casual get-together that brings together LGBTQIA+ gaming industry professionals.”

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Competitive games and eSports will be a big part of the conversation at GDC both during and after hours (photo: CC0 license)

Event: Level Up: Finding the Competitive Legal Edge in eSports & Innovative Gaming
Time: 4:30PM-7:30PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: SOLD OUT
Location: ALX Gastropub, 680 Folsom Street, Suite 125, San Francisco, CA 94107
Link: https://mailchi.mp/arentfox/q5vgsjs8gk?e=b9cfa34e49
Description: “With the continued surge of eSports and interactive and mobile gaming, unique legal concerns surrounding these different modes are also on the rise. ‘Level Up’ with Arent Fox as we address the latest legal challenges at play in eSports and innovative gaming and how businesses can remain competitive in an advancing industry. Networking reception to follow the panel program.”

Event: GDC Gathering of the Ancients
Time: 5:30PM-8:00PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: No
Location: TBD
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gdc-gathering-of-the-ancients-tickets-56072883504
Description: If you’re over 40 in the games business, you may prefer a less-untz-untz-untz sort of chill networking environment with kindred spirits. Currently, this event is capped at 30 attendees. The venue is “TBD,” but we’ll update the details when that’s been sorted out.

Event: Blacks in Gaming Green Room 2019
Time: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-blacks-in-gaming-green-room-2019-tickets-52372052218
Description: “Xbox is once again proud to host the 14th annual BiG Green Room during the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco. Join us to connect & network with other game creators, developers, writers, artists, and more.”

Event: Foxnext Games GDC Mixer 2019
Time: 6:00PM-10:00PM
Cost: Invite ONLY
Tickets available: Yes
Location: SWIG
561 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Link: https://www.evite.com/event/0117HUKMIRPOHIVR6EPJIB7WUMIIC4/rsvp
Description: We look forward to you joining our exclusive invite only event! All guests will need to be on our guest list. Please bring a valid form of identification verifying age as this is a 21+ location. Proper ID is required for everyone entering the mixer.

It is all fun in games!

Event: GDC Level Up Mixer
Time: 6:00PM-9:30PM
Cost: $10-15
Tickets available: Yes
Location: Harborview Bar & Lounge, 4 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gdc-level-up-mixer-tickets-55709861696
Description: “Level Up Events invites you to an evening out with other GameDevs, Programmers, Artists, and career-minded professionals to come network during the Game Developers Conference at Moscone Center.” Choose your own adventure: Network or demo a game at Level Up’s event.

Event: Marmoset + Polycount Meetup GDC 2019
Time: 6:00PM-10:00PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: Harlot, 46 Minna St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Link: https://marmoset.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/polycountgdc2019.png
Description: “Marmoset is hosting the Polycount GDC Meetup for the 5th year running! Join us for donuts, drinks, awesome artwork, free swag, and great conversation with some of the industry’s best artists.”  Print or save the ticket to your phone to gain access to the event for free.

Event: WebGL/WebVR at GDC!
Time: 6:30PM-9:00PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: Galvanize San Francisco, 44 Tehama Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Link: https://www.meetup.com/Silicon-Valley-HTML5-WebGL-Meetup/events/258963508/
Description: “SVWebGL/WebVR Meetup returns to GDC on March 20th! The Khronos Group promises a smashing good time at Galvanize again this year. All of the cool cats are coming.”

Event: GDC 2019 Vicon MCS Meetup
Time: 6:30PM-10:00PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: Black Hammer Brewing, 544 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2137330599661183/
Description: “Vicon is proud to sponsor the 2019 Motion Capture Society Meetup at GDC, Wednesday, March 20th at Black Hammer Brewing (544 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94107). Please RSVP so we have a count for food.”

Event: Games [4Diversity] Dinner During GDC
Time: 7:00PM-9:00PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: Soma StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Link: https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/tickets-games-4diversity-dinner-during-gdc-55017403535
Description: “Games [4Diversity] brings together game developers that wish to contribute to a better representation and inclusion of socio-cultural minorities in games. We do this in constructive and positive manner, where everyone feels included and welcome. This means, you are welcome too! Join us for a bite and enjoy the company of a rather diverse group of developers.”

Event: GGP ’19, 13th Annual GGP at GDC
Time: 7:30PM-1:30AM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: DNA Lounge, 375 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2318755644863119/
Description: “GGP ’19, the 13th Annual Social Gathering (Allies super welcome). We come together at GDC to celebrate diversity and inclusion and being kind to each other.”

Event: DELETE GDC
Time: 8:00PM-1:00AM
Cost: $30
Tickets available: No
Location: Venue 550, 550 15th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Link: http://deletegamesand.party/
Description: One of the more unique concepts for a games conference party, this event features live music and games that are only available for just four hours that night.

 


Thursday, March 21:

Event: Women and Non-Binary Games Programmer Meetup
Time: 3:00PM-5:00PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: No
Location: WB Games San Francisco, 600 Harrison St, Ste 200, San Francisco, CA 94107
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-and-non-binary-games-programmer-meetup-tickets-56138488731
Description: “Welcome to the 3rd annual GDC Meet up initiated by a grass roots effort led by Rebecca Fernandez. … Last year there was no sponsor for the group. This year, WB Games San Francisco has offered to host the group.”

Event: 6th Latin American Gathering at GDC
Time: 4:00PM-7:00PM
Cost: $20
Tickets available: A few left
Location: San Francisco State University Downtown Campus, 835 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/6th-latin-american-gathering-at-gdc-tickets-55333077725
Description: Partnered with Meet to Match, this event, which is now in its sixth year, is designed to bring Latin American game development professionals together to open new pathways to growth and development for their careers.

Event: GDC Gathering of the Less Ancients
Time: 5:30PM-8:00PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: No
Location: TBD
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gdc-gathering-of-the-less-ancients-tickets-56077698907
Description: This event follows the format of the “GDC Gathering of the Ancients” event, but it’s for the over-30 set. Similar to its fellow event, the venue is not yet determined at this time. We’ll update when more info is available.

Event: Marioke @ GDC 2019
Time: 8:00PM-1:00AM
Cost: $20-$50
Tickets available: Yes (VIP tickets now, $20 door tickets to be available)
Location: Encore Karaoke Lounge, 1550 California Street #2, San Francisco, CA 94109
Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/marioke-gdc-2019-tickets-56942914791
Description: “Marioke is returning to GDC this year at our spiritual home at Encore Karaoke in San Francisco – and GOOD GOD we want you all to be there … Marioke has been described by us as the best night you’ll have at GDC. More than 450 classic karaoke tracks re-written to be about videogames, over 100 of which will be making their San Francisco debut along with our new, professional software which makes us look as if we know what we’re doing.”

 


Friday, March 22:

Event: The 3rd Annual Post-GDC Beach Gathering
Time: 4:00PM-7:00PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: Ocean Beach Fire Pits, San Francisco, CA
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/601797550172545/
Description: Tired of seeing the inside of Moscone Center, hotels and bars? After GDC’s about wrapped up, there’s an event for interested parties who might want to hit the beach! Just remember to dress like you are ready for any kind of weather (because that’s often how it is near a San Francisco beach).

Event: GDC2019 JAPAN PARTY Powered by Amazon
Time: 5:30PM-9:00PM
Cost: $50
Tickets available: Yes
Location: Canton Seafood & Dim Sum Restaurant, 665 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94017
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gdc2019-japan-party-powered-by-amazon-tickets-55879352648
Description: IGDA Japan and Amazon bring attendees this meet-and-greet over dinner on the final day of GDC. While the event generally focuses on networking with Japanese developers, it’s also open to international developers too. Keep in mind the ticket fee includes food, two drink tickets, tip and tax.

Event: alt.ctrl.PARTY
Time: 7:00PM-?
Cost: N/A
Tickets available: TBD
Location: TBD
Link: https://alt.ctrl.party/GDC19/
Description: Plenty of details are still in the works for this end-of-GDC event with a focus on experimental hardware. It seems like there should be plenty to check out for hardware hackers, makers, and of course, gamers.

As GDC 2019 approaches, you’ll want to keep an eye on this party list as event information is updated and as more events are added.

UPDATE (2/17/19): The list has been updated with the addition of several new events, updates to ticket availability on a few events, and a couple link fixes.

UPDATE (2/23/19): 10 new events have been added, one removed, and a couple events entries have had ticket status updates and text fixes.

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