That’s a wrap on GDC 2023! I’ll leave the list up here for a while and update with next year’s list when the time comes!

Look, I’m not opposed to a little bit of self promotion. If you found this list useful, think of it as a tip to check out my latest game, Sail Forth and maybe even leave it a positive review ;)
Ty Taylor
GDC 2023 Party List
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Event NameDateTimeAdd to CalendarPriceLocationLinkDetailsBy/Sponsored byGDC Pass RequiredMasks RequiredVaccinations RequiredIndoors / OutdoorsDancingQuiet Talking AreaJob RecruitmentGame ShowcasesAlcoholFood
Past Events
12th Annual Pre-GDC DinnerSaturday, March 18, 20235:30pm - 8:00pm
FreeMonarch Gardens
428 11th St
San Francisco
Hello! It's that time again! Get ready for the 12th annual Pre-GDC CA dinner! Come on out for food trucks, meeting new and familiar faces, fun times, and did I mention food trucks? Yay!

NOTE: Event can change based on weather and covid conditions. We can also try to find a place to have an after dinner mixer as well.
Hal BoumaNoNoNoOutdoorsNoYesNoNoNoFor purchase
✨ Pre-GDC Indie Game Developer Park Meetup ✨Sunday, March 19, 20233:00pm - 7:00pm Dolores Park
19th & Dolores St
San Francisco all independent game developers at GDC 2023!
Let’s catch up with old friends and make new ones at Dolores Park the afternoon before GDC.
Ty TaylorNoRecommendedRecommendedOutdoorsNoYesNoNoNoBring your own
[Web3] GDC Welcome Happy Hour with Five O'Clock ClubSunday, March 19, 20235:00pm - 7:00pm
FreeThe Stardust Cantina
165 4th St
San Francisco
Happy hour sponsored by Stardust, a NFT Infrastructure for Blockchain GamingStardustNoNoNoIndoorsNoNoNoNoFor purchaseUnsure
devcom Executive Dinner @ GDC 2023Sunday, March 19, 20237:00pm - 10:00pm
$211EPIC Steak
369 The Embarcadero
San Francisco
Join our Invite Only Executive Dinner at GDC 2023! We are happy to be back in San Francisco and invite our partners to start the week together! If you like to join the dinner, too, please get in contact with our Head of Sales Roufina ( purchaseFor purchase
CourageXL 2023Sunday, March 19, 20238:00pm - 12:00am
We are back! Meetup with GDC visitors the day before the conferences start!
- 30 (indie) game developers to showcase their latest game.
- Play a game and get a drink.
- Meet 500+ game industry professionals.

19:00-20:00 VIP hour (for investors, press, platforms and publishers)
20:00 Early Bird entree
21:00 Free entrance
23:55 End of Showcase
Courage EventsNoUnsureUnsureUnsureNoNoNoYesYes, for playing gamesNo
Arabic Games Dinner 2023Monday, March 20, 20231:30pm - 3:30pm
FreeDisclosed with Ticket
The annual Arabic Dinner is back as we continue our effort of building a firm representation at this global event. If you are from the Arab world, or connected to the Arab world, we would like to invite you to join us. Let‘s meet, get to know each other, and possibly form partnerships. This event is open to people from all religions and genders, united by our geographical origin. We‘re welcoming and would love to have you.Epic GamesNoNoNoIndoorsNoYesUnsureNoNoYes, for free
SwissGames Pitch SessionMonday, March 20, 20232:00pm - 5:30pm
Tehama Grasshopper Event Space
431 Tehama Street
San Francisco
In collaboration with the MeetToMatch agency label Representing Games, SwissGames will bring in 8 Swiss studios to pitch their best and latest projects in need of support. Schedule, Monday, March 20th 2023:
10:15 - 12:00 Pitch Session
12:00 - 12:30 Networking, drinks, socialize
MeetToMatchNoNoNoIndoorsNoYesNoYesYes, for freeUnsure
Blockade Labs MixerMonday, March 20, 20234:00pm - 7:00pm
FreeAlchemist Bar & Lounge
679 3rd Street
San Francisco
Join Blockade Labs and Intel for drinks, appetizers, amazing people, and great conversations as we kick off GDC with only the best in the industry. Come say hi, have a drink on us, and see first hand the latest in AI solutions from Blockade Labs and the technowizard community.Blockade Labs
NoNoNoIndoorsNoNoNoNoYes, for freeUnsure
KONGREGATE Happy Hour at GDC 2023Monday, March 20, 20234:00pm - 8:00pm
FreeOne Kearny Club
23 Geary Street
San Francisco
Community makes gaming better, so join us at One Kearny Club for a rooftop event! Meet with other game developers and industry partners while grabbing drinks, eating good food, all while having some great conversations.KONGREGATENoNoNoIndoorsNoNoNoNoYes, for freeYes, for free
GIG IRLMonday, March 20, 20235:00pm - 8:00pm
Free - Must be a GIG Member (see event link)To be announced to those who have registered
The Games Industry Gathering will be hosting an IRL gathering in San Francisco to kick off the start of GDC week!! A chance to catch-up in a private and exclusive space with your fellow game industry colleagues, we have an exclusive space booked - outdoors and undercover - with an allocation of free food and drink options available, as well as games, music, and other activities!Gylee Games
GG Talent Group
NoNoYesOutdoorsNoYesNoNoYes, for freeYes, for free
Leading by Example: Celebrating Women in GamesMonday, March 20, 20235:00pm - 8:00pm
FreeTwitch HQ
350 Bush Street
San Francisco
Join women leaders from studios, startups and indies alike in a discussion on the state of the games industry for women developers and what current and future developers can do to build a more inclusive games industry. Hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon Games, and Women in Games International (WIGI), the event will begin with a short panel, followed by drinks, appetizers and networking.Amazon Games & AWSNoNoNoIndoorsNoYesNoNoYes, for freeYes, for free
GDC Whiskey Tasting and app based Party GamesMonday, March 20, 20235:00pm - 10:00pm
$0 - $40Shovels Bar and Grill
460 Larkin St
San Francisco
Whisky mixer and app based party game. Taste eight whiskies to learn the basics of whiskey and whiskey flavor profiles. Network and play innovative app based party games as we discuss this market niche. The best programmers know their whiskey and how to utilize it for creative stimulation. Join this Whisky networking Monday at 5:00pm and 8:pm as we discuss app-based party games. Cost: $40 Tacos, fries plus Whiskey Tasting and mixer; $20 Whiskey tasting and mixer; One drink: Party game mixer. See Eventbrite link for schedule!Hotaling Importer-Distiller
and Whisky EDU
NoNoNoIndoorsNoUnsureUnsureYesFor purchaseFor purchase
SF Web3 Gaming Happy HourMonday, March 20, 20235:30pm - 8:30pm
FreeMindspace San Francisco
575 Market Street
San Francisco
Building Connections through Web3 Gaming. Agenda:
5:30 - 6:00PM - Networking & Mingle
6:00 - 6:30PM - Panel Discussion: Building Connections through Gaming with Jeff (.bit) and Nate (Godwoken)
6:30 - 6:45PM - Q&A
7:00 - 8:30 PM - Networking, Food
NoNoNoIndoorsNoYesNoNoYes, for freeYes, for free
Visual Effects Society Pub Night at GDC 2023Monday, March 20, 20236:00pm - 8:00 pm
Free29 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Come meet members of the Visual Effects Society, and learn about the membership benefits. RSVP ONLYVisual Effects SocietyNoNoUnsureIndoorsNoNoNoNoYes, for freeNo
Business Reception to Celebrate Wales's Gaming & Tech Industry
Monday, March 20, 20236:00pm - 8:00pm
FreeBritish Residence Garden
12 Presidio Terrace
San Francisco
The Welsh Government is hosting a reception in San Francisco celebrating the gaming and tech industry from Wales! We would like to invite you to the reception which will take place on the evening of March 20, 2023 inside the British Residence GardenWelsh GovernmentNoNoNoIndoorsNoYesNoNoYes, for freeYes, for free
Argentina Networking EventMonday, March 20, 20236:00pm - 8:00pm
FreeCentral Bar @ Oracle Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco
This is your opportunity to meet and mingle with creative and talented game developers, studios, service providers, and industry leaders from Argentina.We will showcase our latest productions together with all the details about the new edition of Argentina´s Gaming Expo #EVA2023. Food and drinks will be served during this event.ADVANoNoNoIndoorsNoNoNoNoYes, for freeYes, for free
Merging The MetaverseMonday, March 20, 20236:00pm - 8:00pm
FreeEdge & Node House of Web3
103 Montgomery Street
San Francisco
Alongside the gaming industry - developers, beta testers, B2B professionals, and investors are invited to join us for an unforgettable evening of networking, learning, and exploring the future of virtual reality. Guests can hear from industry experts, test the latest virtual reality technology, and connect with like-minded individuals who share their passion for the metaverse.Edge & NodeNoNoNoIndoorsNoNoNoNoUnsureUnsure
Australian Reception at GDC 2023Monday, March 20, 20236:00pm - 9:00pm
FreeThe Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco
IGEA is proud to present the Australian reception at GDC 2023! Join us for networking at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco from 6 pm – 9 pm on March 20 and celebrate Australian creativity. This event is aimed at publishers, investors, and platform holders to allow you to immerse yourself in valuable networks and promote Australia as a great destination to make games.Australia Council For the ArtsNoNoNoIndoorsNoNoNoNoUnsureUnsure
Eclipse X 1Kin X Mirror World - Web3 Game NightMonday, March 20, 20236:00pm - 10:00pm
FreeFolsom Street Foundry
1425 Folsom St
San Francisco
​We are bringing together multiple Web3 gaming ecosystems under one roof to share insights, network, and of course, play epic games. Join us for a web3 game night during one of the biggest game conferences of the year, GDC.Eclipse, 1Kin, and Mirror WorldNoNoNoIndoorsNoNoNoNoFor purchaseYes, for free
[Web3] Framework x Stardust Friends | GDC HHMonday, March 20, 20236:30pm - 8:30pm
FreeThe Stardust Cantina
165 4th St
San Francisco
Happy hour sponsored by Stardust, a NFT Infrastructure for Blockchain GamingFramework, StardustNoNoNoIndoorsNoNoNoNoFor purchaseUnsure
Women in Gaming Mixer & PanelMonday, March 20, 20237:00pm - 9:00pm
FreeFounders, Inc.
San Francisco Lab
2 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco
We are thrilled to provide an opportunity for women in the gaming industry to come together, network, and discuss topics in the gaming industry. This event is co-hosted by Supernova Games and SuperDuperSecret Co., and will be taking place at Founders, Inc., a startup incubator in SF’s Fort Mason. See event for schedule.Supernova GamesNoNoNoIndoorsNoYesNoNoNoNo
Polish PartyMonday, March 20, 20237:00pm - 11:30pm
Free with code
Children’s Creativity Museum
221 4th Street
San Francisco
Polish Parties have been rocking gamedev events since 2017, all around the world, from Seattle to Tokyo. Each of these events allows you to taste Polish games delivered with the highest quality and full of Polish spirit. Thus, yet again, here in San Francisco, together with elite companies and institutions from the Polish game development scene, we invite you join us to have a drink and try some of the best dishes of our national cuisine. This party will provide excellent networking opportunities with a fine selection of representatives of the Polish game industry and excellent guests from our partner organisations, publishers, and media. The ultimate feature will showcase a selection of the newest Polish games. And this year, we will provide even more of those. Polish hospitality included.Game Industry Conference,
Paih, Creative Industries Hub,
11 bit studios, Hyperstrange,
Anshar Studios
NoNoNoIndoorsNoNoNoYesYes, for freeYes, for free
Bay Area Indie Dev Showcase @ SyzygySFMonday, March 20, 20237:00pm - 11:30pm
$10 Suggested DonationSyzygy SF
395 South Van Ness
San Francsico
We're going to be showcasing some incredible local Indie Dev Developers for a chill party! Free Pizza! BYOB! Local VGM Vibes!

Come hangout at a local SF arts co-op and connect with other like-minded developers!
SyzygySFNoNoYesIndoorsNoYesNoYesBring your ownYes, for free
DumplingFest - Sumo Disco in San FranciscoMonday, March 20, 20237:00pm - 11:00pm
255 9th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
Terminal3 and Paymentwall invite you to the 6th annual DumplingFest - “Sumo Disco in San Francisco”.
This time around, we are excited to bring you the ultimate fusion of Japanese culture, disco music, and sumo wrestlers!
Enjoy an epic night of unlimited dumplings, networking, and fun with Game Industry Executives and Influencers from around the globe all while supporting a great cause.
Terminal3NoNoNoIndoorsYesNoNoNoYes, for freeYes, for free
[Web3] GAM3 NIGHTMonday, March 20, 20239:00pm - 12:00am
FreeDisclosed with Ticket
For builders, gamers, influencers, and investors in web3 gaming.Venly, Soulbound, PolkastarterNoNoNoIndoorsNoNoNoNoFor purchaseUnsure
[Sold out] GDC 2023 Happy Hour & Fireside Chat Feat: AshfallMonday, March 20, 20235:30pm - 9:00pm
FreeMicrosoft Reactor
680 Folsom Street #145
San Francisco
Come out to our FREE happy hour for beer, wine, drinks and pizza at the Microsoft Reactor. This after hours networking meetup event is only one block away from Moscone Center! Come learn about Mumbauer's career background at Sony, and how he brought unparalleled visual fidelity to the games he had a part in launching. We will also be discussing why Mumbauer wanted to get into Web 3.0 game development. As we all know, Web 3.0 is very controversial in the gaming community right now. In this fireside chat, we will discuss some of the publicity challenges developing gaming experiences with this technology, and how a company can do it ethically and with integrity. We will learn a bit about what Web 3.0 community driven development means, since most developers are used to contributing plugins to games that aren't on the blockchain; we see this in titles like Minecraft, Roblox, and older titles like Warcraft III and more.SF Game DevelopmentNoNoYesIndoorsNoYesNoNoYes, for freeYes, for free
XR BreakfastTuesday, March 21, 20238:00am - 10:00am
FreeThe Grove - Yerba Buena
690 Mission Street
San Francisco
Are you passionate about the latest advancements in AR/VR and looking for an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals? Join us for a breakfast meetup before the start of the full day of conferences and events. So don't miss out on this chance to start your day with a networking breakfast among other AR/VR enthusiasts and professionals. We look forward to seeing you there!GDC 2023 XR EventsNoNoNoIndoorsNoYesNoNoFor purchaseFor purchase
[Web3] GDC Coffee MeetupTuesday, March 21, 20239:00am - 11:00am
FreeDisclosed with Ticket
Join Rich Cabrera (@ReadyPlayerRich) of ReadyPlayerDAO, and Midnight Society for a free GDC coffee sponsored by Bitski and the NEAR Foundation! The event location will be released closer to the event. Rich will be the sole representative of Midnight Society at the event.Midnight SocietyNoNoNoIndoorsNoYesNoNoNoFor purchase
Community Clubhouse for Player Support, Trust and Safety, Community MgmtTuesday, March 21, 202310:00am - 5:30pm
FreeMicrosoft Reactor Space
680 Folsom Street #145
San Francisco
Two Hat, Keywords Studios, Helpshift, Affogata and Odin invite you to stop by the Community Clubhouse at Microsoft Reactor Space for food & drink, networking and learning on Tuesday, March 21, 2023. The event is for player support/experience, community management, QA and trust and safety folks at gaming studios and publishers. Come for part of the programming or stay for all. The Clubhouse will have panel discussions featuring thought leaders from Niantic, Xbox, Netflix, Small Giant/Zynga, Avalanche Studios Group and more!
Taco Tuesday complimentary lunch for registrants is served at 12:30PM. The Happy Players' Happy Hour starting at 3:30pm and lasts til 5:30pm, offering complimentary beer, wine and snacks courtesy of sponsoring hosts.
Two Hat, Helpshift
Keywords Studios
Odin, Affogata
NoNoNoIndoorsNoYesUnsureNoYes, for freeYes, for free
[Web3] Aptos x Metapixel Gaming Cafe @ GDCTuesday, March 21, 202311:00am - 7:00pm
FreeTemple Nightclub
540 Howard Street
San Francisco
​Join Aptos and Metapixel @ GDC! Immerse yourself in a vibrant and authentic gaming experience in the essence of a traditional Korean PC Bang, and of course, there will be food, drinks, great music and great vibes - all within the walls of our pop-up Internet cafe.AptosNoNoNoIndoorsNoNoNoNoFor purchaseYes, for free
GAMES FROM SPAIN: Pitch SessionTuesday, March 21, 20232:00pm - 4:30pm
FreeAlloy Collective
431 Tehama Street
San Francisco
In collaboration with the MeetToMatch agency label Representing Games, ICEX: Invest in Spain will bring in 8 Spanish studios to pitch their best and latest projects in need of support. Schedule:
14:15 - 16:00 Pitch Session
16:00 - 16:30 Networking, drinks, socialize - with specialty snacks
MeetToMatchNoNoNoIndoorsNoNoNoYesYes, for freeYes, for free
XR PRO & UNITY GDC MeetupTuesday, March 21, 20234:00pm - 6:00pm
FreeUnity Technologies
30 3rd Street
San Francisco
Join XR Bootcamp and Unity at GDC for a meetup of experienced Unity and VR developers! This is an excellent opportunity to connect with other professionals in the field. This is an XR Pro Developers event. You can be sure you'll be among a group of peers who share your level of experience and expertise.XR Bootcamp and UnityNoNoNoIndoorsNoYesYesYesYes, for freeYes, for free
European Game ShowcaseTuesday, March 21, 20234:00pm - 8:00pm
FreeSwissnex, Pier 17
The Embarcadero #800
San Francisco
The European Game Showcase at GDC is a pro-bono event where 30+ European developers showcase their newest games to the press, publishers, and strategic partners. It’s an invite-only event aimed at helping developers and their showcased projects take the next steps toward success.EGSNoNoNoIndoorsNoNoNoYesUnsureUnsure
Gameplay Summit (Networking & Game Demos)Tuesday, March 21, 20234:00pm - 9:00pm
$10 - $100Elan Event Venue
839 Howard Street
San Francisco
We partnered up with a venue that's across the street from Moscone Convention Center that will give you a chance to showcase your Game Demo/Project to the rest of the Gaming Industry Professionals, Media, and the public to get valuable feedback, promote your game and network with other fellow game developers! We made it very affordable and accessible as much as possible to cover our expenses for renting out the venue and staffing costs. Remember that space is very limited and get your demo table today or simply just show up and support the Indie Game Scene!Level Up EventsNoNoNoIndoorsNoNoNoYesUnsureUnsure
Five O'Clock Club: Pong MadnessTuesday, March 21, 20234:00pm - 6:30pm
FreeRegister to get address
Join us for an epic beer pong tournament for a chance to win $500 in prizes.Five O'Clock ClubNoNoUnsureIndoorsYesUnsureNoUnsureYesUnsure
GDC 2023 x Metalhead MeetupTuesday, March 21, 20234:30pm - 6:00pm
FreeYerba Buena Gardens
750 Howard St
San Francisco
Hey game devs and metalheads! If you fall into the incredibly small Venn diagram cross section of "game developers who also listen to metal", this event is for you!
This is an incredibly casual meetup! We'll be in the Yerba Buena Gardens right next to Moscone Center, so if you're looking for a quick break towards the end of the summits, stop on by!
No food or alcohol will be provided. You're welcome to bring your own food. As a reminder, this is a public park so no alcohol will be allowed. If you're in town but don't have a GDC pass, that's also fine too! No RSVP required, but it certainly would be nice to get an idea of how many are showing up. Rain location TBA.
Eddy Ray & Sam RosserNoNoNoOutdoorsNoYesNoNoNoNo
Web3 Gaming Happy Hour, hosted by Halliday,, MARBLEX and HashedTuesday, March 21, 20234:30pm - 6:30pm
FreeDisclosed with Ticket
​Take a break from GDC and join Halliday, and MARBLEX for a Web3 gaming happy hour! We'll have Web3 builders, investors and enthusiasts to network with, plus an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and some bar games.Halliday,,
MARBLEX, and Hashed
NoNoNoIndoorsNoYesYesNoYes, for freeYes, for free
WIGI's Annual GDC Networking EventTuesday, March 21, 20234:30pm - 7:30pm
FreeThe San Francisco Mint
88 5th Street
San Francisco
Women in Games International (WIGI) is proud to present our Annual GDC Networking Event, Powered by Netflix Games, Misfit Nation, and NPU. Join us for an evening of networking with industry professionals in a safe and inclusive space. Registration is free, but space is limited! Must be 21+ to attend. Cash bar.WIGI, Netflix Games,
Misfit Nation, and NPU
NoNoNoIndoorsUnsureYesNoNoFor purchaseYes, for free
Coda Payments Happy HourTuesday, March 21, 20235:00pm - 7:00pm
FreeDisclosed with Ticket
The team at Coda Payments would like to invite you to join us on March 21st for our first ever VIP happy hour to celebrate good times and meaningful connections at GDC 2023. A short walk from Moscone, drop by for refreshments and connect with other friends of Coda, publishers, developers and more from across the industry!Coda PaymentsNoNoNoIndoorsNoNoNoNoYes, for freeYes, for free
Greenberg Traurig Happy Hour ReceptionTuesday, March 21, 20235:00pm - 8:00pm
FreeGreenberg Traurig Office
101 2nd St
Suite 2200
San Francisco
Please join Greenberg Traurig for a happy hour reception just a block from the Moscone Center. Network with business and legal professionals and discuss key compliance and legal considerations when publishing video games in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Greenberg Traurig, LLPNoNoNoIndoorsNoYesNoYesYes, for freeYes, for free
Indie BYOG (Bring Your Own Game) @ GDC 2023 by Sub-Zero Sound
Tuesday, March 21, 20235:00pm - 10:00pm
$0 - $28Buzzworks
365 11th Street
San Francisco
Indie developers, do you have a WIP or recently-released game you want to show off during GDC? Join us at Buzzworks to demo your project to a crowd of enthusiastic independent game developers!

Indie devs bringing a game, this is a great way to get your project in front of devs, publishers, and all sorts of games industry professionals from around the world! Everyone else, this is a great chance to check out some WIP titles that you won't see anywhere else at GDC, so come by for a drink or two and make your way through the range of eclectic games on show!

Entry is free, however, if you're bringing a game we ask that you please donate. There are also a limited number of wall-mounted screens around the venue which can be reserved for the whole night with the premium ticket option.
Sub-Zero SoundNoUnsureYesIndoorsNoUnsureNoYesFor purchaseFor purchase
Wilson Sonsini's GDC ReceptionTuesday, March 21, 20235:00pm - 8:00pm
FreeDisclosed with Ticketn/aEmail for an invite
[Web3] Five O'Clock Club: Golden HourTuesday, March 21, 20235:00pm - 8:00pm
FreeHawthorn SF
46 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94108
Shhh.. if you're a mobile marketer, you're invited to THE speakeasy networking experience of the decade. Imagine being teleported into a 1930's Gatsby party with live performers, jazz band, cigar roller, $5,000 in raffle prizes, and all of the hype.

Join us for our flagship speakeasy, networking happy hour experience, co-work at one of our co-hosted experiential lounges, or our behind the scenes live podcast sessions with Mobile Groove.
Five O'ClockNoNoUnsureIndoorsYesUnsureNoUnsureYesUnsure
Made In MA Party!Tuesday, March 21, 20235:30pm - 7:30pm
$7.50 – $15Johnny Foley’s
243 O'Farrell St
San Francisco
Start your GDC off right and join us for some fun conversations and tasty snacks before a long night of hard work. Great chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones. The Molasses Flood, BostonFIG,
Petricore, Modulate & MassDigi
NoNoNoIndoorsNoNoNoNoFor purchaseYes, for free
[Web3] Thirdwave Happy HourTuesday, March 21, 20235:30pm - 7:30pm
FreeThe Stardust Cantina
165 4th St
San Francisco
Thirdwave enables you to understand, find, and retain your best customers. Gain the key infrastructure and tools to drive growth with the first blockchain discovery engine.ThirdwaveNoNoNoIndoorsNoNoNoNoYes, for freeYes, for free
CAA and Pragma Happy HourTuesday, March 21, 20235:30pm - 8:00pm
FreeThe Fly Trap
606 Folsom St
San Francisco
Please join CAA and Pragma at The Fly Trap for a GDC happy hour!CAA and PragmaNoNoNoIndoorsNoNoNoNoYes, for freeYes, for free
Spritz & Games!Tuesday, March 21, 20236:00pm - 8:30pm
FreeDisclosed with Ticket
The Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco and the Italian Trade Agency Los Angeles Office cordially invite you to celebrate the future of gaming with the finest Italian video game developers and publishers in a networking event with authentic Italian taste.Italian GovernmentNoNoNoIndoorsNoNoNoNoUnsureYes, for free
Xsolla Game NightTuesday, March 21, 20236:00pm - 8:30pm
FreeEsplanade Rooms 153
Moscone Center South
747 Howard Street
San Francisco
Join Mattel, Deconstructor of Fun, and Xsolla for a fun-filled game night on Tuesday, March 21! And we're not talking video games... we're going analog! Enjoy Mattel classics like UNO, Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, and many more. Play with fellow game enthusiasts, meet great people, and socialize early ahead of GDC! Doors at 6 pm, with snacks and soft drinks to keep you powered up. Games wrap up at 8:30 pm.Mattel, Deconstructor of Fun,
and Xsolla
YesNoYesIndoorsNoNoNoYesNoYes, for free
Oorbit @ GDC Mixer Tuesday, March 21, 20236:00pm - 9:00pm
FreeThe Box SF
1069 Howard St
San Francisco
Mixer - see triple A quality games running on all devices, streamed from the cloud OorbitNoNoNoIndoorsUnsureYesUnsureYesYes, for freeYes, for free
GM Web3 - GDC Networking & MixerTuesday, March 21, 20236:00pm - 9:00pm
FreeBlack Hammer Brewing
544 Bryant St
San Francisco
​Come network and meet other Web3 Investors, Projects, and Builders. ​Join us for Free Drinks & Networking. Must be approved to attend. This event has limited capacity.DCENTRAL
Manos Accelerator
UnknownNoNoMainly indoors, outdoor seating may be availableUnsureYesNoFor purchaseNo
Riot Games AI / ML GDC MixerTuesday, March 21, 20236:30pm - 9:30pm
FreeTBD - Check event link
If you’d like to learn about the latest advancements in bots that learn to play your games, meet people who are building and creating technologies for generative AI for games, virtual worlds, and the metaverse, or just have an opportunity to connect with others and have a great time, we’d love to have you stop by!Riot + modl.aiNoNoNoIndoorsNoYesNoNoYes, for freeYes, for free
GameMaker Meetup @ GDCTuesday, March 21, 20237:00pm - 10:00pm
FreeThe Woodbury
685 3rd St
San Francisco
We're pleased to announce our next GameMaker Meetup @ GDC! Join us on the 21st March for the GDC edition of The GameMaker Meetup, hosted at The Woodbury. The GameMaker team incl. The head of GameMaker Russell Kay will be attending. Drinks & Food will be provided courtesy of GameMaker.GameMakerNoNoUnsure
Mainly indoors, outdoor seating available
UnsureYesNoNoYes, for freeYes, for free
Web 3.0 Studios MixerTuesday, March 21, 20237:00pm - 10:00pm
FreeDisclosed with Ticket
Join us for an evening of networking with infrastructure makers on the forefront of Web 3.0 gaming. ​We're hosting gaming industry leaders within the web2, esports, web3 gaming space, with founders and investors during GDC! ​Game studios and gaming VCs interested in Web 3.0 welcomed.Blockus, MagnaUnsureUnsureUnsureUnsureUnsureUnsureNoUnsureUnsureUnsure
LGBTQIA+ Community NightTuesday, March 21, 20237:00pm - 11:00pm
FreeThe Detour Bar
2200A Market St
San Francisco
The Official SF Gaymers & Qweerty Gamers Meetup for GDC at The Detour! All are welcome for a night of:
- Tabletop games and retro arcade games
- Interactive Twitch stream hosting by Qweerty Gamers
- Meeting local LGBTQIA+ Gamers
We are also giving away >$500 in RAFFLE PRIZES!!
SF Gaymers and
Qweerty Gamers
NoNoNoIndoorsNoNoNoNoFor purchaseFor purchase
WWT's Taste of Napa at GDC 2023Tuesday, March 21, 20237:00pm - 10:00pm
FreeJax Vineyards
326 Brannan St
San Francisco, CA 94107
World Wide Technology would like to welcome you to a social event at GDC 2023! Join us a few blocks from the GDC Conference at JAX Vineyards San Francisco Tasting Room to network with WWT experts in the Media & Gaming industry! Attendees will enjoy a food, drinks & an award winning wine tasting experience!World Wide TechnologyNoNoUnsureBothUnsureYesNoNoYes, for freeYes, for free
SausageFestTuesday, March 21, 20237:00pm - 11:00pm
DonationThe Clubhaus
255 9th St
San Francisco
This will be our 13th year that we will be hosting this event. And this time around, we will be taking everyone to Rio de Janeiro. Come and network with Game Industry Executives and Influencers from around the world while enjoying our unlimited sausages, beer and ENTERTAINMENT!Terminal3NoNoNoIndoorsNoNoNoNoYes, for freeYes, for free
GDC 2023 After Party Meetup Feat: Dolby, Unity, & MoreTuesday, March 21, 20237:00pm - 12:00am
Free with RSVPDNA Lounge
375 11th St
San Francisco
SF Game Development is excited to announce our annual GDC 2023 Meetup/Party hosted at DNA Lounge on Tuesday, March 21st from 7:00pm-Midnight. Make sure to RSVP for our event on Meetup or Eventbrite for FREE entry to our event. The event into three separate rooms focused around: music, tech talks and video game demos. The main room will feature a special 22 Watt laser show by Vorperian Cyberarts along with custom video game themed projection mapped visuals. This is a professional networking event for game developers, artists, students, indies, or really anyone interested in game development. Hear from speakers from Dolby, Unity, AWS IVS, Sentry, Postman, PubNub and more! You do NOT need a GDC pass to attend, this is an event open to the public, so please RSVP, attend and show your support.SF Game Development
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Meet the CGS Team After-PartyTuesday, March 21, 20237:30pm-10:30pm
FreeAlchemist Bar and Lounge
679 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Join us at Alchemist Bar and Lounge—a short 10-minute stroll from the Game Developers Convention (GDC)—to chat all things video games, hang out with our community, and learn more about everything we do. There's plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and you can purchase food and drinks from the bar. People who aren't attending GDC are welcome too! You must be 21+ to enter the spectrumNoNoNoBothUnsureYesNoUnsure
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Indie Carnival by Game Jolt and YAHAHATuesday, March 21, 20238:00pm - 12:00am
FreeThe Grand
520 4th Street
San Francisco
Come grab a drink, 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 as well as a scavenger hunt highlighting incredible artists. Sip games-themed cocktails while grooving to DJ-blended retro tunes.

21+ only! Free!

Have a game to share? We'll have some open tables where you can bring a laptop and show it off!

Get ready to meet people, play games, and kick GDC off indie-style!
Game Jolt + YAHAHANoNoYesIndoorsUnsureYesUnsureYesFor purchaseUnsure
AR Everywhere: Powered by Niantic LightshipTuesday, March 21, 2023 -
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
10am - 4:00pm
145 4th Street
Space 1040
San Francisco
Niantic is hosting 2 days of workshops and office hours for developers interested in AR. Tuesday March 21 and Wednesday, March 22, please join us at the Metreon San Francisco, for learning and community building, powered by Niantic Lightship. Sessions include an introduction to Lightship ARDK, introduction to Lightship Maps, and intimate chats with leaders from Ingress, Peridot and premiere Lightship partners.NianticNoNoNoIndoorsNoNoNoNoNoYes, for free
Women in Games GDC 23 Breakfast PicnicWednesday, March 22, 20239:00am - 11:00am
FreeYerba Buena Gardens
750 Howard Street
San Francisco
UPDATE: Due to high demand we decided to move venues to an open space and change this coffee morning to a picnic format. Bring your own food and drinks, you will find coffee shops around the area.
A nice cup of coffee, delicious food, and our favourite ambassadors to start the day. What's not to like? Come join us for our Women In Games breakfast, GDC 23 edition. Let's network, share stories and empower each other.
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Dplus Arena Frens’ Coffee & BreakfastWednesday, March 22, 20239:00am - 11:00am
FreeRegister to get address
​Start the day by joining Dplus Arena, DeFine Platform and Playcraft for a free GDC breakfast coffee sponsored by Trinity-B Capital! The event location will be released closer to the event.Dplus ArenaNoNoUnsureUnsureNoUnsureNoUnsureNoYes
Developer Day - During GDCWednesday, March 22, 202310:00am - 4:00pm
500 Treat Ave
San Francisco
​Want to meet all the chains and other game developers? What connections are you looking for during GDC? Investors, Co-founders, Startups, Builders, Market Makers, Community Leaders, or Someone Else? Well, whoever you are looking for, you can find them at this event.OnePieceLabsNoNoNoUnsureNoYesNoUnsureYes, for freeYes, for free
Canadian Game Dev Meet UpWednesday, March 22, 202311:00am - 2:00pm
FreeSpark Social SF
601 Mission Bay Boulevard N
San Francisco
Come join us for lunch and light refreshments to celebrate the Canadian game development scene. Network, connect, and build community!Interactive Arts Alberta (IAA)NoNoYesOutdoorsNoYesNoNoFor purchaseFor purchase
Modern Fandoms SummitWednesday, March 22, 202311:00am - 2:30pm
$39 – $59Manny’s
3092 16th Street
San Francisco
MFS is being held on Wednesday March 22nd, with guest speakers from Xbox,, Pixels, and other partners in the gaming space. It is also to host our first-ever Community Awards for 2023. Line-up and nominees include Activision, Pokemon, Call of Duty, Minecraft, Fortnite, Roblox, Pixels, Blizzard, Riot Games, and many other favorites. If you're a fan of any of the above you won't want to miss this opportunity to connect!!FandomNoNoNo
Mainly indoors, outdoor seating available
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Global Game Jam and Indie Game Dev MixerWednesday, March 22, 202312:00pm - 3:00pm
FreeBlack Hammer Brewing
544 Bryant Street
San Francisco
Global Game Jam welcomes you to meet and network with GGJ organizers, local indie community organizers, jammers, sponsors, and friends, over some drinks and snacks. Then follow us over to Moscone Center for the GGJ Roundtable at 3:30pm. Thanks to our friends at Seattle Indies and Bit Bridge Indies for supporting the event. Join them at the Local Community Organizers Roundtable on Friday at 3pm to meet and hear from indie game development community leaders from around the world.

All are welcome who have been involved in organizing, participating, sponsoring, or volunteering at GGJ in any way during the last 15 years, please come along. Local indie game developer community organizers are welcome to join as well even if you have not been involved in GGJ yet.
Global Game Jam
Seattle Indies
Bit Bridge Indies
Mainly indoors, outdoor seating available
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Latinx in Gaming Picnic En El ParqueWednesday, March 22, 20231:00pm - 3:00pm
FreeYerba Buena Gardens
750 Howard Street
San Francisco
The Latinx in Gaming team is hosting our Picnic at Yerba Buena Gardens Park! We know GDC can be a hectic time to take a sit and relax with us. Join us from 1:00pm - 3:00pm PT as we sip some Bobas (Have one on us!), listen to some of our favorite music, talk gaming & relax. Merchandise will be available from the Latinx in Gaming collection alongside an exclusive picnic blanket + pin!Latinx in GamingYesNoNoOutdoorsNoNoNoNoNoBring your own
Saga Multiverse Premiere ft. YGG, Samsung, Polygon, ImmutableX and AnimocaWednesday, March 22, 20233:00pm - 5:00pm
FreeVariety Club Preview Room
582 Market Street Suite 101
San Francisco
Join us for custom drinks and gourmet tacos, mingle with other Web3 game leaders and learn about the future of crypto in gaming. We have rented out a whole theatre and will be screening a special trailer followed by a panel discussion featuring leading experts from YGG, Samsung, Polygon, ImmutableX, Animoca and more!SagaNoNoNoIndoorsNoNoNoNoYes, for freeYes, for free
Near Foundation x Face Wallet Happy HourWednesday, March 22, 20234:00pm - 6:00pm
FreeDisclosed with Ticket
​Why should you build on Near? Join Near Foundation and Face Wallet by HAECHI Labs to learn how Near allows game developers to #createwithoutlimits, hosted at Human Guild's Homebrew Crypto Club.Near Foundation, Face WalletNoNoNoUnsureNoUnsureNoUnsureUnsureUnsure
Five O'Clock Club: Pong MadnessWednesday, March 22, 20234:00pm - 6:30pm
FreeRegister to get address
Join us for an epic beer pong tournament for a chance to win $500 in prizes.Five O'Clock ClubNoNoUnsureIndoorsYesUnsureNoUnsureYesUnsure
GDC 2023 Mixer by Muxy and Leviathan CoreWednesday, March 22, 20234:30pm - 7:30pm
FreeSouthside Spirit House
575 Howard Street
San Francisco
Meet up with Muxy, Leviathan Core, and Premack Rogers at Southside Spirit House on Wednesday, March 22 from 4:30-7:30PM. Have a midweek GDC break and enjoy some drinks and light snacks with us.Muxy and Leviathan CoreNoNoNo
Mainly indoors, outdoor seating available
Architecting the Metaverse: GDC Demo & MixerWednesday, March 22, 20235:00pm-8:00pm
550 15th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
​​Join Treasury on Wednesday, March 22 from 5-8pm for a demo & mixer event during Game Developers Conference (GDC). We invite local leading architects, game asset artists, and spatial technology companies to meet visiting game developers for drinks on the Treasury terrace overlooking San Francisco.

​Treasury will demo full-scale 3D building assets alongside its Spatial Tech Index, Registry, and Discovery Engine. Treasury's licensing and syndication tools helps link creators and owners of the world's best digital spatial assets to builders of the world's most existing digital spatial environments.

​Everyone involved in architecture, games, metaverses, film, and art is welcome to join this mixer and demo.

​​Space is limited. Register now to secure your spot.
[Web3] GDC x NFT WandieHourWednesday, March 22, 20235:00pm - 7:00pm
FreeSunset Squares Pizza & Craft Beer
59 9th Street
San Francisco
The Wanderverse team will be in San Francisco for GDC (March 20-24) and would love to hang out with our amazing community and new NFT & GDC friends. This will be a casual happy hour for our community to meet each other and members of the Wanderverse team. There will also be live art by the incredible Camille Chiang, music and good vibes. Look out for future WandieHours in your city! (Contact us via Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Email)Wanderverse IncNoNoNoIndoorsNoYesNoUnsureFor purchaseFor purchase
2023 GDC Gathering of the AncientsWednesday, March 22, 20235:00pm - 8:30pm
$54Chambers eat + drink
601 Eddy Street
San Francisco
If you're like me, you're over 30 and you'd like at least one social event at GDC where you can hear the other person speak. I've created this event for us older game devs & industry friends to meet up. Three course meal as outlined in Eventbrite, no substitutions. I just ask that you are over the age of 30 if you plan to attend.Jean LeggettNoNoNoIndoorsUnsureYesNoNoFor purchaseFor purchase
Web3 Gamefi Con SF Happy HourWednesday, March 22, 20235:00pm - 9:00pm
FreeSugar Lounge
377 Hayes St
San Francisco
​You're invited to join us for a fun and engaging evening at the Sugar Lounge, as we kick off the Web3 Gamefi Con in San Francisco! ​This is your opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow Gamefi attendees, industry leaders, and investors in a casual setting. Share your thoughts on the latest developments in game and web3 tech over snacks and drinks, and make lasting connections with others who share your passion for innovation. We can't wait to see you there! and moreNoNoNo
Mainly indoors, outdoor seating available
[Web3] Happy Hour @ GDC | Azra, Breeder, XPLA & YGGWednesday, March 22, 20235:00pm - 8:00pm
FreeRegister to get address
​We welcome you to join Azra, Breeder, XPLA, and YGG at our exclusive networking event during GDC.

Join us for an unforgettable evening - celebrating recent achievements and releases amongst the cohosts, friends, and our biggest supporters.
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Bezel 3D/XR Happy HourWednesday, March 22, 20236:00pm - 8:00pm
44 Tehama Street
San Francisco, CA 94105\
GDC is among us, and we want to throw an impromptu happy hour! Join us at our office, roughly 3 blocks away from GDC, for drinks, food, and nerding out!
BezelNoNoNoIndoorsUnsureYesUnsureNoYes, for freeYes, for free
GDC 2023: Generative AI in GamingWednesday, March 22, 20236:00pm - 9:00pm
FreeMicrosoft Reactor
680 Folsom Street #145
San Francisco
​Join speakers Lisha Li, Sarah Watling, Guy Gadney, Cory Li and host Zohaib Ahmed for an exciting event during GDC 2023 on March 22nd at 6pm at the Microsoft Reactor! We'll be discussing the latest advancements in generative AI and how it's changing the gaming industry. From procedurally generated content to AI-generated game mechanics, this event is a must-attend for anyone interested in the future of gaming. Food, drinks, and plenty of networking opportunities will be provided. Don't miss out on this unique chance to learn and connect with industry professionals!Resemble AINoNoNoIndoorsNoUnsureNoUnsureUnsureUnsure
Metaverse Mixer: presented by & PocketGamer.bizWednesday, March 22, 20236:00pm - 9:00pm
Free111 Minna Gallery
111 Minna Street
San Francisco
Let's have some drinks and chat with some metaverse experts in an elegant environment not far from GDC's hustle and bustle. There'll be a panel about the latest developments in the metaverse, with speakers from ZEBEDEE and Redlight Finance, then some free drinks at the bar. ZEBEDEE
Redlight Finance
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[Web3] GDC AfterParty by OnePiece LabsWednesday, March 22, 20236:00pm - 9:00pm
Free2051 Market Street
San Francisco
​What connections are you looking for during GDC? Investors, Co-founders, Startups, Builders, Market Makers, Community Leaders, or Someone Else? Well, whoever you are looking for, you can find them at this party.

OPL aims to build a bonded and helpful Web3 community and you can see us in each of the big Web3 conferences.
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[Web3] Loot Drop by StardustWednesday, March 22, 20236:00pm - 9:00pm
690 Folsom St #100
San Francisco
You’re invited to LOOT DROP, the ultimate web3 game tournament where you compete for prizes against gamers from around the world. In partnership with Ava Labs, we’ve chosen several exciting web3 games for your chance to win swag, gaming equipment, and PS5 packages. Join us at SPIN, the original ping pong social club, for a night of tournaments, prizes, food, and drinks.Stardust & Ava LabsNoNoNoIndoorsNoYesNoUnsureYesYes