Last week, we listed a bunch of not-to-be-missed Game Developers Conference sessions. Hopefully that little list will help out some of you still planning your schedule for what's sure to be another amazing week in San Francisco. The conference is just around the corner – only two more weeks! – and there's a good chance you're busy nailing down meeting times, etc.
But what happens after a long day of meetings, lectures, and workshops at Game Developers Conference? Looking for a way to unwind, network with prospective partners, or even check out something exciting? Luckily, there's plenty to do at GDC after the expo closes for the day; here's just a few events to make your experience even better.
This might seem like a no-brainer, but the conference's official happy hour is a great way to start off your night. First, it's right there at the expo floor, so there's no need to relocate to another location. Drinks and snacks are provided, and since this mingling session takes place immediately following the day's activities, it's a great opportunity to network with other industry professionals. March 7, 5-6pm, Expo Floor
Looking for something to do instead of parties? In case you haven't heard, directors Lisanne Pijot and James Swirsky have created an excellent film that follows the sometimes maddening journey of developing an indie video game. Featuring Team Meat (Super Meat Boy), Jonathon Blow (Braid), and Phil Fish (Fez), the screening will precede a panel with the filmmakers, discussing the film's development. March 5, 6-9pm, Room 2016, West Hall, 2nd Floor.
After you've checked out the awesome entrants in this year's Independent Games Festival and attended the Indie Game: The Movie screening, what's next? 8BitSF is hosting a really cool event combining indie game developers and indie musicians. It's like an explosion of freedom...and probably booze. While the chip music plays (be sure to check out a personal fav, Glowing Stars!), check out table demonstrations from developers. All this for only $5 (with a GDC badge). More information about the event is here. March 6, 8pm, DNA Lounge, 375 11th Street.
Games technology gurus, Havok, are hosting a party with a speakeasy theme. The event will include drinks, food, and...flapper dancers? This sounds like a pretty crazy event, so be sure to check it out if you get the chance. March 8, 6-9pm, Harlot San Francisco, 46 Minna Street.
Here's something cool: Kill Screen, one of the best games mags on the planet, wants to bring a NYC party out to San Francisco for GDC. The team is currently running a Kickstarter drive, wherein your pledge secures your ticket. Pledge more, and there's sweet prizes like t-shirts and signed, out-of-print issues of Kill Screen magazine. The primary focus of the party is to draw attention to NYC game developers. Drinks, great DJ's, and what sounds like a super fun atmosphere. March 8, 8pm-12am, Publicworks, 161 Erie Street.
There's plenty of other goings-on at GDC, so why don't you let us know where you're planning to mingle and network this year in the comments below? Of course, iQU would also love to meet with you during GDC to discuss how our services can help your games reach the right gamers, at the right time. We're scheduling meetings for March 7-9th, so be sure to contact Mae.Santos@iqu.com to schedule an appointment. Have a great GDC!