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Pocket Gamer's ultimate GDC 2020 party list

All the best shindigs to show up to
Pocket Gamer's ultimate GDC 2020 party list

GDC 2020 is just around the corner, which means it’s time to check in on the coolest places to be when the day’s business ends.

There are dozens of parties and meet-ups happening across San Francisco throughout the week (March 16th to 20th) to help you escape from the hustle and bustle of the main event. But with so much going on, it can feel a little overwhelming.

Hop aboard the party bus

Fortunately, we’re once again putting together a definitive list of the parties, gatherings, networking events, and hangouts taking place across San Francisco during GDC week.

Of course, we'll be keeping this list updated with more events as we hear about them. If you've got an event you'd like us to know about, reach out via Twitter @PGBiz, hit up the Games Industry events, gatherings and parties Facebook page, or reach out to Editor Ric Cowley at

Sunday - March 15th

Courage XL 2020 - San Francisco PreMixer for GDC

Where: The Great Northern, 119 Utah Street
When: 8pm
How: Register here
Cost: Free
More Info: "Need some courage to start GDC? Join us on Sunday eve in San Francisco. 30+ showcasers from all over the world showcase their newest games. The rule is simple: Play a game, Get a drink (subject to availability)"

Monday - March 16th

Pocket Gamer Party @ GDC 2020

Where: The Grand, 520 4th Street
When: 8pm - 11:30pm
How: Register here
Cost: Free
More Info: "Join us in San Francisco during the awesome GDC week for another spectacular Pocket Gamer Party.

Straight after the first day of GDC, you're welcome at the Grand: an informal setting, top networking, and bar are included."

Tuesday - March 17th

Netmarble & Kabam GDC 2020 Happy Hour

Where: Coin-Op Game Room, 508 4th Street
When: 4:30pm - 8:30pm
How: Register here
Cost: Free
More Info: "Kick-off GDC week and join Netmarble and Kabam for arcade games, drinks, and hors d'oeuvres at Coin-Op Game Room!"

Spiel Schön: A taste of Austrian culture and games at GDC

Where: Galvanize - San Francisco (SoMa), 44 Tehama Street
When: 6pm - 9pm
How: Register here
Cost: Free
More Info: "Under the motto 'beauty' we'll showcase examples of award-winning Austrian games. Their stellar visuals on canvas will be accompanied by live music, Austrian wine and delicious treats."

Indie Carnival @ GDC

Where: 715 Harrison, 715 Harrison Street
When: 8pm - 11:30pm
How: Register here
Cost: Free
More Info: "Come grab a drink and play some indie games with us and their creators at the Indie Carnival! We'll have many games on display for gamedevs to show off their creations in person. Sip indie themed cocktails while grooving to DJ-blended retro tunes."

Unparty @ GDC 2020

Where: Google Community Space, 188 The Embarcadero
When: 7pm - midnight
How: Register here
Cost: Free
More Info: "The Unparty is a low-volume, alcohol-free, inclusive gathering that provides a space for devs to chill without the presence of potentially stressful stimuli sometimes seen at GDC events."

Game Night GDC Industry Mixer

Where: LUV Nightclub & Event Space, 447 Broadway
When: 6pm - 10pm
How: Buy tickets here
Cost: $10-$15
More Info: "Enjoy introductions and conversations during GDC Week in a casual fun environment ideal for networking in Downtown San Francisco North Beach District. If you are part of the gaming industry or simply who wants to be interested in joining the game development community, this is for YOU!"

GDC Game Audio Karaoke

Where: YamaSho, 1161 Post Street
When: 8pm - 11:30pm
How: Buy tickets here
Cost: $5
More Info: "Karaoke is back! Join us for the fourth official Game Audio Karaoke night. Kick-start the week with some mixin' and minglin' and belting out your favourite tunes, Tuesday night."

Wednesday - March 18th

The Great Game Heist

Where: The San Francisco Mint, 88 5th Street
When: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
How: Invite only - request an invite here
Cost: Free
More Info: "The Great Game Heist will feature light bites with a San Francisco spin and full bars sporting craft cocktails for all! And we can’t forget who will really be stealing the show — all our attendees! Enjoy a few special surprises while mingling with game developers from across the globe."


Where: Hotel Whitcomb, 1231 Market Street
When: 10pm - 1am
How: Buy tickets here
Cost: $10-$15
More Info: "Enjoy VIP game lounges, VR demos, new releases, tabletop to ARG, all games, artists, GDC attendees welcome with badge"

Level Up GDC Industry After Party

Where: Harlot, 46 Minna Street
When: 9:30pm - 1:30am
How: Buy tickets here
Cost: $15-$20
More Info: "Level Up Media invites you to an evening out with other GameDevs, Programmers, Artists, and career-minded professionals to come party with us after a long day of networking or working at the Game Developers Conference at Moscone Center."

Games [4Diversity] Dinner During GDC 2020

Where: SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th Street
When: 7pm - 9pm
How: Register here
Cost: Free
More Info: "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 or rather a diverse group of developers."

Thursday - March 19th

The Scandinavian Mixer @ GDC 2020

Where: Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, 505 Howard Street
When: 3pm - 6pm
How: Register here
Cost: Free
More Info: "The Scandinavian Mixer is an entry point to the Scandinavian games industry, where you can meet up with game developers, incubator leaders, and venture-ready companies."

The Inaugural New York State Game Development Social

Where: ThirstyBear Brewing Company, 661 Howard Street
When: 6pm - 8pm
How: Register here
Cost: Free
More Info: "Join us and learn what New York State has to offer!"

Game Over: The Ultimate GDC Industry Mixer & After Party

Where: Temple Nightclub San Francisco, 540 Howard Street
When: 6pm - 1:30am
How: Buy tickets here
Cost: $20-$50
More Info: "Come to our 4th Annual Networking Mixer (6pm-10pm) + After Party Event (10pm-1:30am) in the heart of South of Market District and walking distance from Moscone Convention Center!"

Friday - March 20th

GDC2020 Japan Party Powered by Amazon

Where: Canton Seafood & Dim Sum Restaurant, 665 Folsom Street
When: 5:30pm - 9pm
How: Buy tickets here
Cost: $50
More Info: "IGDA Japan will hold "GDC 2020 JAPAN PARTY" sponsored by Amazon at the evening on the final day of GDC 2020, March 20rd. It is very good chance to communicate with Japanese developers directly. We are welcome to international guests. Let's enjoy together!"