GDC and Gamescom is just around the corner. In preparation for Europe’s biggest gaming events, we have scoured the web and our contacts to find all of the must-see parties taking place during the shows. Take a look at our top contenders and join us if you can!
When: Tuesday 16.08.2016 18:00
Where: Gilden im Zims “Heimat kölscher Helden”Heumarkt 77, 50667 Köln.
Tell me more: Hosted by Game Connection, this pre-Gamescom party will get you into the swing of things. There will be free beers, and laughs. There are 200 places available so RSVP now before places are snapped up.
When: Wednesday 17.08.2016 17:00 – 19:00
Where: Halle 2.2, Stand-Nr.: C-31-B30 Messegemeinschaftsstand der Länder Berlin und Brandenburg
Tell me more: If you have a business pass, then don’t forget to pop over to the Brandenburg get together. As an additional incentive there will be free beer, and currywurst (german fast food dish, steamed then fried sausage topped with curry ketchup, yum).
What: UKIE UK Networking Drinks Reception at GamesCom, sponsored by PlayStack
When: Wednesday 17.08.2016 18:00 – 20:00
Where: UK Stand (C015 – D014), Hall 3.2, gamescom, Cologne
Tell me more: The first of two drinks receptions hosted by UKIE on its UK industry stand at GamesCom. This is open to all exhibitors, their guests and visitors to the stand (where you will also find us!) Pop on down and say hello to the GameSparks team.
What: Inno Games Beach Party
When: Wednesday, 17.08.2016 19:00 – Thursday 18.08.2016 01:00
Where: Cologne Beach Club km689, Rheinparkweg 1, 50679 Cologne
Tell me more: Party on the beach, relax with cool drinks and amazing food. Register now and be sure not miss out. Pick up your wristbands at the InnoGames B2B booth at at Gamescom.
Where: Club-Lounge Einundfünfzig Drink&B’eat – Hohenzollernring 51 , D-50672 Cologne, Germany
Tell me more: This event is exclusive to game developers and related game industry professionals. Those eligible for entry can look forward to a night of networking, drinking, and partying. RSVP now and make sure to get there early.
What: Nordic Party at Gamescom
When: Wednesday 17.08.2016 17:00-19:00 (can stay longer if people want to)
Where: Joe Champs Deutz, Constantinstraße 96, 50679 Köln Deutz
Tell me more: Looking for something more casual? Want to relax after a long day at either GDC europe or Gamescom? then this is the perfect event for you.
No ticket required, the venue is outside of the conference area, hosted at the Joe Champs Sportsbar Deutz. Maximum capacity is limited to 50 people, so get there early if you want to guarantee entrance.
For more info check out the meetup page
When: Thursday 18.08.2016 18:00 – 20:00
Where: UK Stand (C015 – D014), Hall 3.2, gamescom, Cologne
Tell me more: The second of two drinks receptions hosted by UKIE on its UK industry stand at GamesCom. The second features the UK Game of The Show Award presentation. And of course, the GameSparks team will be there – so there’s another chance to say hello.
When: Thursday 18.08.2016 8:00pm
Tell me more: There’s a Shuttle Service From 7:00 p.m. from Gamescom’s Entrance North and Entrance East to the Tanzbrunnen and back to the exhibition centre/car parks until 3:00 a.m.
When: Thursday, 18.08.2016 19:00
Where: Startplatz, Im Mediapark 5, 50670 Koln
Tell me more: After party to celebrate one of the biggest Cologne VR Meetups. There is no entry unless you RSVP so go to Meetup now and secure your place.
When: Friday 19.08.2016 20:00-05:00
Where: Bootshaus, Auenweg 173, 51063 Koln
Tell me more: After party for Gamescom with Sarazar, Jewelz, Sparks and friends, with already over 300 confirmed attendees, don’t miss out and get tickets now.
Where: Gloria Theater, Apostelnstrasse 11, 50667 Köln
Tell me more: Calling the Star Citizen community, join the Star Citizen Gamescom party. Enjoy an evening of socializing with the Star Citizen community. Tickets are made available exclusively for Concierge, subscribers and backers. However, if you’re not on the list, you can still feel part of the crowd through the live stream of the event.
When: Friday 19.08.2016 20:00
Where: Olpener Str 837, 51109 Koln
Tell me more: If you are a fan of Warhorse Studio then don’t miss out on their community party. Entrance is free, the first 100 people to show up will receive a raffle ticket, and if you turn up in medieval armour you get, wait for it… FREE DRINKS. For more info check out the links.
Where: Die Roonburg Roonstrafe 33, 50674 Cologne
Tell me more: Party with the Wargaming community, YouTubers, streamers and two mysterious special guests. To attend you need to fill out an application (link below). Act fast to avoid disappointment, with already 170 confirmed attendees (200 max) and the first round of registration about to close, the second round of 200 registration places are bound to sell out quickly.
For more info and to register for the party visit Wargaming’s events page at
When: Friday 19.08.2016 17:00 – 20.08.2016 3:00
Where: Poller Strandbar, Alfred-Schutte-Allee 34, 51105 Cologne
Tell me more: Pleasant atmosphere for developers and publishers to meet and chat, relaxed music with food and drinks. No entry fee required, for more info check out their facebook page
When: Saturday 20.08.2016 22:00 – 21.08.2016 5:00
Where: Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld, Bartholomaus-Schink-Strasse 47, 50825 Cologne, Germany (18+ only)
Tell me more: Don’t miss your chance to attend one of the biggest parties at Gamescom, get your tickets now. Pre-sale 15 Euros, 20 Euros at the door, but most importantly FREE BEER ALL NIGHT LONG!
What: European Mobile Drinks
When: Tuesday 16.08.2016 17:00 – 19:00
Where: KölnSky, 28th floor, Ottoplatz 1, Cologne
Tell me more: Small group of invitation only industry professionals gather for an evening of food, drinks, and networking. Were you lucky enough to get on the list? For more info see link below.
What: CrowFall VIP Party
Where: Location, VIP only
Tell me more: An invitation only, VIP party for backers of Crowfall. Those lucky enough to get invited have the chance to meet the Crowfall development team from Artcraft and Travian Games, with the added perks of BBQ and beer.