Events for Gamers’ GDC 2018 Party List (Updated)

Caught your breath? Good! We’re continuing our list of GDC 2018 events below, following the listings from Sunday, March 18th to Tuesday, March 20th on the first page!

Meeting & greeting

Meeting and greeting is part of GDC through the week (photo: CC0 license)

Wednesday, March 21st:

Event: Unity Technologies GDC 2018 Latin American Brunch
Time: 9:00AM-11:00AM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: No
Location: Unity Technologies, 30 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unity-technologies-gdc-2018-latin-american-brunch-tickets-42333406358
Description: “Join Unity LATAM evangelists and special guests at the Unity Technologies office in San Francisco during GDC 2018. It’s a chance to hang out, network with your peers over breakfast, and learn the latest best practices for developing your game.”

Event: GDC: #SwissGames Breakfast
Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: Moscone Center 747 Howard St San Francisco, CA 94111
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gdc-swissgames-breakfast-tickets-43715784087
Description: “Get a coffee, grab some chocolate and discover the latest Swiss projects! 18 games and technologies will represent Switzerland this year at GDC, Game Connection and European Game Showcase…”

Event: Offical GDC Twitch Gamedev Meetup
Time: 10:30AM-12:00PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: No
Location: Westfield Mall Food Court, 865 Market St. San Francisco, CA 94103
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/offical-gdc-twitch-gamedev-meetup-tickets-43865723560
Description: An official but informal meetup for Twitch developers

Event: LGBTQIA in Gaming 2018
Time: 12:00PM-3:00PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Waitlist
Location: 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lgbtqia-in-gaming-2018-tickets-41261756023
Description: “Xbox is proud to return with the 2nd annual LGBTQ in Gaming event. This gathering during the Game Developer’s Conference is a casual get-together that brings together LGBTQIA+ gaming industry professionals. Join us to connect & network with other game creators, developers, writers, artists, and more. Come listen to fireside chats with industry veterans about topics that impact our community.”

Event: Big Indie Pitch & Big Indie Drinks @ GDC 2018 with indiesky
Time: 2:00PM-9:00PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: Courtyard by Marriott, 299 2nd St., San Francisco, California 94105
Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/big-indie-pitch-big-indie-drinks-gdc-2018-with-indiesky-tickets-42566060232
Description: Networking and pitching for exposure and prizes for indie game developers, at Pocket Gamer’s Big Indie Pitch event

Event: The Blacks in Gaming Green Room 2018
Time: 4:00PM-7:00PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-blacks-in-gaming-green-room-2018-tickets-41260996752
Description: “Xbox is once again proud to host the 13th 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. Enjoy private listening sessions with industry veterans as they share insights from their work on popular games and gaming technology.”

Event: ERC-721/NFT Developer Happy Hour at RareBits HQ
Time: 5:30PM-7:30PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: No
Location: Rarebits, 818 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/erc-721nft-developer-happy-hour-at-rarebits-hq-tickets-43627573246
Description: RareBits and co-host Silicon Valley Bank invite GDC 2018 attendees to talk about the topic of non-fungible tokens (NFT), which are tokens with a total limited supply, over food and drink

Event: GDC XPerience Networking Mixer
Time: 6:00PM-10:00PM
Cost: $0 – $15
Tickets available: No
Location: Hotel VIA, 138 King Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gdc-xperience-networking-mixer-tickets-42488643677?aff=es2
Description: Rooftop venue hosting an indie games showcase and industry mixer

Event: Sonic Toad Media’s 2018 GDC PARTY: Hopping to New Heights
Time: 7:00PM-11:00PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: The Emporium Arcade Bar, 616 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sonic-toad-medias-2018-gdc-party-hopping-to-new-heights-tickets-43480247591
Description: “I’m renting out the rooftop which opens up at 7 just for attendees and there will be free food, free classic arcade games, pinball, and more! Non-drinkers welcome as there’s plenty of fun things to do and cool people to chat with but heads up for younger game devs that this event is 21+ only (venue’s rule, not mine.)”

Event: BelgianGamesCafe at GDC18
Time: 7:30PM-10:00PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: Tradition, 441 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/belgiangamescafe-at-gdc18-tickets-43693635841
Description: “Powered by Cronos and Digital Wallonia we invite you to network and chat about #BelgianGamesIndustry and many other exciting topics. We’re serving food and drinks. We even have Affligem Blonde beer.”

Event: Unity GDC 2018 party
Time: 8:00PM-1:00AM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes (random raffle)
Location: The Village, 969 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Link: https://create.unity3d.com/2018gdcpartysweeps
Description: “The party will feature an open bar, some small bites and special guest VR DJ Electronauts!” Note: by filling out the form, attendees are entering a random entry draw for the chance to attend, with odds determined by how many enter.

Event: Vungle Party at GDC 2018
Time: 9:00PM-12:00AM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: 620 Jones, 620 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vungle-party-at-gdc-2018-registration-43211972172
Description: “I’m renting out the rooftop which opens up at 7 just for attendees and there will be free food, free classic arcade games, pinball, and more! Non-drinkers welcome as there’s plenty of fun things to do and cool people to chat with but heads up for younger game devs that this event is 21+ only (venue’s rule, not mine.)”

Event: 12th Annual GGP at GDC
Time: 9:00PM-2:00AM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: DNA Lounge, 375 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/123837858277903/

Description: “12th Annual Social Gathering (Allies super welcome). We come together at GDC to celebrate diversity and inclusion and being kind to each other.”

Event: MURDER PALACE GDC 2018 PARTY
Time: 9:00PM-2:00AM
Cost: $0 – $20
Tickets available: A few left
Location: Love And Propaganda, 85 Campton Place, San Francisco, CA 94108
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/murder-palace-gdc-2018-party-tickets-42817541419
Description: An annual GDC party tradition celebrating games music and cosplay makes another triumphant return

Event: GDC XPerience After Party
Time: 10:00PM-2:00AM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Waitlist
Location: Hawthorn, 46 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gdc-xperience-after-party-tickets-43543250033
Description: Hosted at an underground, speakeasy-style venue, this late night party is ideal for GDC attendees who like to take their partying and networking to last call

cosplay & culture

Cosplay and gamer culture can be found around GDC (photo: CC0 license)

Thursday, March 22nd:

Event: Intel University Games Showcase and Expo 2018
Time: 1:00PM-8:00PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: CITY VIEW at METREON, 135 4th St Suite #4000 – 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intel-university-games-showcase-and-expo-2018-tickets-43459422302
Description: Intel is bringing to GDC a student-developed game expo with games from 20 universities, followed by “big picture” game industry talks in the mid-afternoon. At the end of the day, a $40,000 competition will be offered in hardware prizes, for student game winners in three categories: Best Gameplay, Best Visual Quality, and Innovation categories. A GDC badge is not needed to attend.

Event: Celebrating Latinx in Gaming 2018
Time: 4:00PM-7:00PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Waitlist
Location: 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrating-latinx-in-gaming-2018-tickets-41261162247
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: Steve Wade’s 2nd Annual GDC Beer and Pretzel Mixer
Time: 5:00PM-9:00PM
Cost: $50-$150
Tickets available: Yes
Location: Jamber Wine Pub, 858 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/steve-wades-2nd-annual-gdc-beer-and-pretzel-mixer-tickets-43663214851
Description: “We have exactly one purpose – for my friends, clients and business partners to meet each other. Guest list is senior level corporate executives, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Appetizers and open bar the first three hours – Steve Wade (Atlas Technology Group).”

Event: Gnomon + Artstation GDC 2018 Mixer
Time: 5:00PM-11:00PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gnomon-artstation-gdc-2018-mixer-tickets-43459612872
Description: “Gnomon and ArtStation are joining forces to bring you not only helpings of the delicious food and drink that you know and love, but also a fantastic line up of live demos by top industry artists. Plus, meet Gnomon Founder, Alex Alvarez, and ArtStation Founder, Leonard Teo, and hang out in our chillout room – where you can get informal portfolio reviews with industry recruiters and Gnomon representatives!”

Event: Caffeine presents: MARIOKE @ GDC 2018
Time: 6:00PM-2:00AM
Cost: $20
Tickets available: Waitlist
Location: Public Works 161 Erie Street San Francisco, CA 94103
Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/caffeine-presents-marioke-gdc-2018-tickets-43141798280
Description: Big, booming karaoke party event built around games and music sing-a-longs. It’s safe to say this is not a mellow networking event.

Event: GDC XPerience Mixer + After Party
Time: 6:00PM-2:00AM
Cost: $0 – $25
Tickets available: Yes
Location: Temple Nightclub, 540 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gdc-xperience-mixer-after-party-tickets-42588201457
Description: One of the last great chances to meet ‘n’ greet or check out an indie game or three during GDC 2018

Event: 5th Latin American Gathering at GDC
Time: 6:30PM-8::30PM
Cost: $20
Tickets available: A few left
Location: Local Edition 691 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94105
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-latin-american-gathering-at-gdc-tickets-42652625150
Description: Network with the game development movers and shakers from Latin America, at one of San Francisco’s swankier speakeasy bars.

Event: Godot meetup at GDC
Time: 6:30PM-9:30PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Waitlist
Location: GitHub HQ, 88 Colin P Kelly Junior Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Link:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/godot-meetup-at-gdc-tickets-43720910420
Description: Meet up and networking with Godot engine developers. Bonus: hang out and play games, too, at Github HQ.

Event: WebGL/WebVR at GDC!
Time: 6:30PM-9:30PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: Galvanize, 44 Tehama Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Link: https://www.meetup.com/Silicon-Valley-HTML5-WebGL-Meetup/events/247980170/
Description: The Khronos Group promises a good time at Galvanize again this year, with talks featuring WebGL and WebVR, and likely drinks and food to accompany the content

Event: Paymentwall’s Sausage Fest Flower Power | GDC 2018
Time: 7:00PM-11:00PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: Paymentwall Clubhouse, 255 9th Street, 94103, San Francisco, United States
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paymentwalls-sausage-fest-flower-power-gdc-2018-tickets-44012805486
Description: Sausage, beer, and first floor partying and a rooftop view return to GDC, courtesy of Paymentwall, but for this event there’s a 1960’s “flower power” theme

Event: 10th Annual Japan/U.S. Game Professional Mixer Party (Sponsored by DICO)
Time: 8:00PM-10:00PM
Cost: $35
Tickets available: Yes
Location: Thirsty Bear Brewing Company (Second Floor) 661 Howard Street San Francisco, CA 94105
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/10th-annual-japanus-game-professional-mixer-party-sponsored-by-dico-tickets-44013000068
Description: Japanese game developer mixer hosted at one of San Francisco’s better-known breweries, with light food and two drink tickets for the first hundred sign-ups

Event: BYO INDIE w/ Game Jolt and PIGSquad @ GDC 2018
Time: 8:00PM-11::30PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: The Royale, 800 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/byo-indie-w-game-jolt-and-pigsquad-gdc-2018-tickets-43358623811
Description: Tickets are not necessary for this indie games showcase, which offers a variety of drinks a made-for-networking environment

Friday, March 23rd:

Event: GDC – Mixie’s 2nd Annual Artjam & Potluc in the Park
Time: 9:00M-6::00PM
Cost: Donation
Tickets available: Waitlist
Location: Yerba Buena Gardens, 750 Howard Street Esplanade, San Francisco, CA 94103
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gdc-mixies-2nd-annual-artjam-potluc-in-the-park-tickets-42447977042
Description: Tea, pastries and other munchies are offered (and asked for in the potluck spirit, or donations), as folks wind down and network out of the convention center environments on the open green of Yerba Buena Gardens

Event: The 3rd Annual Post-GDC Beach Gathering
Time: 3:00PM-10:00PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: Ocean Beach Fire Pits, San Francisco, CA
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/601797550172545/
Description: If you want to chill out with fellow game developers by a San Francisco beach (dress warm and dry, in case of cold or rain), as GDC winds down, this might be just the event for unwinding away fromit all.

Event: GDC2018 JAPAN PARTY Powered by Amazon
Time: 5:30PM-9:00PM
Cost: $45
Tickets available: Yes
Location: Canton Seafood & Dim Sum Restaurant, 665 Folsom Street, San Francisco , CA 94017
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gdc2018-japan-party-powered-by-amazon-tickets-43120803484
Description: IGDA Japan is hosting the “GDC 2018 JAPAN PARTY”, sponsored by Amazon, on Friday evening after the official close of GDC. The dinner attendee fee includes food, 2 drink tickets, tip and tax.

UPDATE (3/3/18): List updated with the addition of several new events, ticket availability adjustments on some events, and a link fix.

UPDATE (3/9/18): Quite a few new events added. Several events also updated with new ticket availability status, as GDC nears.

Follow this list for more event updates, as GDC 2018 gets ever-closer!

Updated: July 12, 2020 — 12:45 pm