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Friday
Jul082011

GameDevDrinkUp July

What a great showing we had during our E3 GameDevDrinkUp! We had over 100 attendees, with plenty of new faces, including game developers from across the country. It was the first time our Los Angeles and San Francisco groups got together under one roof, and it couldn’t have turned out better. Thank you for making it out on the last day of E3 – seemed everyone had a great time. I know I did.

Now that we’re all rested and back to our normal selves (some of us, maybe), it’s almost time for our next GameDevDrinkUp for LA and SF. Due to a great showing, room for all and the kind staff, we’re taking over McCabe’s Bar & Grill in Santa Monica and Jillian's in San Fransisco again. Our events will start simultaneously and will do our best to merge the two groups and make them feel as one using iPad’s FaceTime.

If you’d like to donate to our GameDevDrinkUp giveaways hosted at each event, contact us for details: @JonathanHawkins for LA and @WarrenPrice for SF. It’s a great way to show your support, promote your company and make the evening fun. Who doesn’t like #winning? Past giveaway items include games, point cards and movies.

Los Angeles - RSVP - http://on.fb.me/rhkM6O
When: Thursday, July 14 from 8 p.m. ~11 p.m. (occurs second Thursday of every month)
Where: McCabe’s Bar & Grill, 2455 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404 (http://www.mccabesbar.com/​index.html)
Who: GameDevDrinkUpLA

San Francisco - RSVP - http://on.fb.me/n4sa5N
When: Thursday, July 14 from 8 p.m. ~11 p.m. (occurs second Thursday of every month)
Where: Jillian’s 101 4th St # 170 San Francisco, CA 94103 (http://sanfrancisco.jillia​nsbilliards.com/)
Who: GameDevDrinkUpSF

Thanks, and hope to see you there!

-Jonathan Hawkins


@GameDevDrinkUp

Tuesday
May312011

E3 GameDevDrinkUp

Hi all:
 
Hope everyone is gearing up for E3 next week and filling up their schedules with things to do and see! In hopes of catching you before your schedule is booked solid, we’d like to invite you to join the next GameDevDrinkUp, this time to include both LA and SF under one roof.
 
Next Thursday, 6/9 we’ll be hosting an E3-themed GameDevDrinkUp at the Golden Gopher from 6-9 p.m. We’ll have both LA and SF in one central location allowing all of us to mingle, network and discuss the happenings that came out of the show.
 
Come on out and celebrate the last day of E3 with beverages among fellow industry peeps – it’s sure to be a fun evening. Oh, and this event isn’t reserved strictly for those that reside in LA and SF – we are open to all cities, so if you know someone you’d like to invite, feel free to extend the invite to other E3 attendees.
 
When: Thursday, June 9th 6 ~ 9 p.m.
Where: Golden Gopher, 417 West 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014 (www.goldengopherbar.com)
What: E3 GameDevDrinkUp

RSVP on the E3 Facebook Event Page

Thanks, and hope to see you there!

-Jonathan Hawkins

http://www.gamedevdrinkup.com/
Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/GameDevDrinkUp/

**LA and SF monthly meetup will resume on July 14th – stay tuned for more info

Thursday
May192011

GameDevDrinkUp Wrap-up - LA & Bay Area

Hello, fellow GameDevDrinkUp peeps:

If you attended last week’s GameDevDrinkUp, then you know what a great turnout we had. Not only was LA’s 2nd event more successful than the last, but the Bay Area’s 1st event had a mighty turnout as well. Both LA and SF had a combined total of over 150 attendees! We couldn’t have expected a better showing, so thank you all who made it out, and special thanks to Warren Price for spearheading the Bay Area meet-up.

Attendees from both cities represented 55 different companies such as Visceral, Ubisoft, Lucas Arts, Google, Destructoid, Double Fine, Activision, ThatGameCompany, Zynga, Naughty Dog, GolinHarris (Nintendo), and SCEA Santa Monica.

As many of you may have noticed, we put technology to use and placed iPad’s at each event’s check-in stations allowing both parties to communicate via FaceTime. Several of you put your creative juices to work and began scribbling down messages in reverse to chat – how clever!

Thanks in part to Andrew Odella (Naughty Dog), Matthew Cappiello (SCEA Santa Monica) and Annie Lohr (Microsoft) we were able to raffle out prizes that included games, T-shirts and point cards. Big thanks to all of you!

We are in the works for our next GameDevDrinkUp which will take place during The E3 Expo. That’s right. We’ll be bringing both groups together at one central location during the biggest industry event of the year. More details to come soon, so stay tuned.

**July GameDevDrinkUp will resume post-The E3 Expo

Cheers,

-Jonathan Hawkins

Tuesday
May032011

GameDevDrinkUp - Los Angeles and The New Bay Area Chapter

As many of you know, we had a great turnout for our first GameDevDrinkUp with over 60 industry folks representing 11 companies. The feedback was great and many of you said you’re looking forward to the next meet-up. So, to continue the momentum, it’s time to announce our next GameDevDrinkUp location: McCabe’s Bar & Grill in Santa Monica. We’ll have happy hour extended till 9 p.m. (must wear name badge to take advantage of this offer) with last food-call going till 8:45 p.m. Come hungry and thirsty, and don’t forget your biz cards as there will be more giveaways!

Los Angeles
When: Thursday, May 12 from 8 p.m. ~11 p.m. (occurs second Thursday of every month)
Where: McCabe’s Bar & Grill, 2455 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404 (http://www.mccabesbar.com/index.html)
Who: GameDevDrinkUp

Los Angeles Facebook Event Page

Oh, we are happy to report that due to the success of our first meet-up, we’ve expanded to now include San Francisco. That’s right, industry folks in SF will have the opportunity to meet gaming cohorts at the same time/day each month. As we all know, SF is home to a host of gaming media, developers, producers, etc. While this city is just one meet-up behind us, there’s no doubt they’ll experience the same success we have right here in LA.

Bay Area
When: Thursday, May 12 from 8 p.m. ~11 p.m. (occurs second Thursday of every month)
Where: Jillian’s 101 4th St # 170 San Francisco, CA 94103 (http://sanfrancisco.jilliansbilliards.com)
Who: GameDevDrinkUp

Bay Area Facebook Event Page

Hope to see you there!

-Jonathan Hawkins

http://twitter.com/gamedevdrinkup
http://www.gamedevdrinkup.com/

Tuesday
Apr192011

GameDevDrinkUp #1 Wrap-up - LA

Thank you everyone who came out last week for the first GameDevDrinkUp!  It was a huge success with over 60 people representing 11 different companies in the industry including Sony Santa Monica, Square-Enix, Respawn Entertainment and Naughty Dog. 
 
I think we've outgrown Barney's Beanery, so the next location is still TBD. I'll be sharing an update with all of you shortly for the May 12th event, so stay tuned. 
 
Again, thanks for coming out and making it a huge success.  In the meantime, help keep GameDevDrinkUp alive by spreading the word and check out all the photos from last week right here: http://bit.ly/fn50qa
 
Props to Max Ancar and Kelli Blair for taking charge of the sign-in station!
 
Cheers,
-Jonathan Hawkins